Teen Therapy It feels like starting life all over again
The teen years are a time of a incredible growth. Physical, mental,
emotional and social changes take place rapidly. So many changes it
can be at times challenging for the teens as well as for their family.
We offer Psychotherapy to help teens sort things out, get back on track
and learn tools to empower themselves.
We help parents by empowering them with important information, tools,
guidance and support.
Some of the common challenges we can help are:
Behavior problems at school/home Teens can get into clashes with parents and teachers for many reasons.
Overwhelming stress and not knowing how to deal with pressure can result in
over reaction and behavior problems. In therapy we counsel teens on how to
deal with stress and emotions effectively and how to approach problem
Approximately 1 in 5 teenagers get clinically depressed each year. Sure,
everybody feels sad now and then. But when a teen is sad most of the time,
struggles in school, does not get along with family and friends, spends too
much time on his own - these can be signs of depression. Teens also express
their depression through hostile, aggressive, risk-taking behaviors. Such
behaviors only lead to more problems, deeper levels of depression and
clashes with friends, family, law enforcement or school officials.
Anxiety and Panic attacks
Anxiety is a normal reaction
to stress. Things like tests, meeting new people, speaking in public, going
on a date, and competing in sports can make a teen feel temporarily
apprehensive. A teen who suffers from recurrent anxiety has difficulties functioning well in different
situations, tends to avoid stressful situations and if untreated can develop debilitating
Therapy can provide a safe place for teens to open up about their anxiety, learn
healthy ways to deal with stress and dramatically improve confidence and
performance in school and relationships with family and friends.
Obsessive compulsive behaviors
Teens who struggle with obsessive-compulsive behaviors suffer from
recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions), which
they feel they cannot control and a lot of anxiety as well. Rituals like
hand-washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are common. Left untreated,
obsessions and rituals can consume a large part of their life and affect mood, relationships and general functioning.
When a teen is being picked on repeatedly by others physically or
verbally (including mean text messaging and e-mails) it is bullying. It is a
serious matter, which if ignored can have very bad consequences. It is not
uncommon for a teen to hide the fact that they are bullied out of fear,
shame and hopelessness. Parents and peers can feel helpless and ineffective
in helping too. As upsetting as bullying can be, there are many resources
available. In therapy we help to empower the bullied teen and enlist the
support of family, friends and school authorities.
Self destructive behaviors/ suicide ideation
When teens become moody they can become irrational and impulsive. Anger
and resentment combined with intense guilt can lead to impulsive,
self-destructive acts. Teens contemplate suicide when they are depressed and
don’t see a way out. Therapy can have a dramatic impact on a troubled teens.
It can put them back on track, give them support and direction and renewed
hope for a happier, productive life.
When teens (and adults, too!) explode, yell and curse, throw things and
slam doors they have trouble managing their anger effectively. When teens
turn their anger inwards, becoming sullen and depressed they have anger
management issues as well. In extreme cases, a pattern of unresolved angry
feelings can lead to violence directed at others or towards the self. In
therapy we teach Anger Management Skills for Teens, help them recognize
Anger Triggers and Underlying Feelings We teach safe and effective ways to
release anger and healthy ways to communicate feelings and needs.
As kids enter adolescence they are starting to separate from mom and dad
and seek their independence. They can become argumentative, dramatic and
pick battles with you to get their way. Friends and social activities become
very important and they may pull away from family. Parents need to learn to
navigate through these changes and stay connected to their teen. In therapy
we teach parents how to communicate with their teen in ways that support
cooperation and mutual respect.
Competition and rivalry are common and normal among siblings. When is
help needed? When the need for power, control and attention escalates to
constant conflicts, ugly fights, verbal and physical abuse. Parents can feel
helpless and distressed not being able to help. In therapy we coach siblings
on how to deal with emotions like anger and hurt, ways to compromise and
negotiate, and most importantly how to respect one another.
Being popular and
fitting in with peers is very important for a teenager.
Whether it is pressure to conform to a group norm or pressure to act a
certain way, it can affect teens behavior and judgment very strongly.
Teens who struggle with issues of self esteem or troubled life
have a harder time resisting negative peer pressure.
In therapy we teach teens how to become assertive, stand their ground and
develop positive self-esteem and personal goals.
Also known as
Tourette syndrome, tics include facial tics like repetitive eye blinking,
squinting, wrinkling of the nose, and twitches around the mouth. Repetitive
throat clearing or deep, throaty sounds or grunts may are also considered
tics. Stress appears to increase the severity of tics. When tics interfere
with everyday life, therapy can help the teen to learn how to manage stress
Using tobacco, drugs, alcohol
Teenagers who are
depressed, have family history of substance abuse, feel
like they don’t fit in are at higher risk for developing tobacco,
and drug problems. A growing trend among teens is abusing prescription
drugs. In therapy we can help evaluate your teen's substance use. Your
need treatment, and early intervention can prevent future alcohol and
An allergic reaction is an exaggerated reaction of the immune system to
things that are generally not harmful. Allergic reactions can be physically
or emotionally based.
In therapy we apply innovative body-mind methods that can identify the cause
of the allergy and eliminate the allergic reaction, rapidly and in a natural
Dealing with trauma and PTSD
When a teen is involved in serious injury, physical and/or
shock, from violence , accident or illness it can overwhelm their system
and produce traumatic reactions. Common signs in response to trauma can be:
withdrawal, anger, clinging, depression, anxiety emotional numbness,
nightmares, flashbacks, and problems with family peers. If, 1-3 months
after the trauma a teen is still showing signs of distress. We provide
specialized trauma therapy methods to help the teen process and recover from
Self esteem and confidence
Teens who experience self-doubt, fear of failure,
and worry too much about
appearance, tend to have low self-esteem and lack of confidence. In therapy
we work with the teen on building self worth and confidence.
Teens who struggle with eating issues have unhealthy beliefs and
behaviors about weight, body shape and ways of eating. They show signs of
out of control dieting behaviors, excessive exercise, binging, purging and
overeating which can harm their physical and emotional health. If not
addressed these behaviors can often lead to eating disorders as anorexia,
bulimia and overeating which are severe and highly addictive.