Adolescent and Teen Therapist Questions and Answers
Child and adolescent therapists are responsible for providing psychological evaluations and therapy for young people and children. At Reaching Resolution, Our multidisciplinary team has the training and expertise in all aspects of teen health. For more information call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 9719 Northeast Parkway, Suite 100 Matthews NC 28105.
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Adolescence can be a challenging time in a young person’s life as they go through the process of transitioning from a child to a young adult. During this time, they will experience many physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and social developmental changes.
There are three stages of adolescence:
Early adolescence (10 to 13 years)
- Puberty begins in early adolescence and brings changes such as:
- considerable physical growth and increased sexual interest
- body changes, which can cause both curiosity and anxiety
- increased self-consciousness about their appearance
- more need for privacy
- pushing boundaries and trying to be more independent
Mid adolescence (14 to 17 years)
- Puberty changes continue for both males and females:
- interest in romance and sexual relationships increases
- disputes with parents may escalate as teens want more independence
- more time is spent with friends and less with family
- appearances are important, and peer pressure can be strong at this stage
- they make impulsive, emotion-driven decisions
Late adolescence/young adult (18 to 21 years and above)
- This phase usually encompasses less physical and more cognitive development. They are able to think more rationally, are less impulsive, more independent, emotionally stable, have more committed relationships – both with friends and romantically – and start looking to their parents more as peers and less as authority figures.
Adolescent and teen therapy is counselling aimed at young people between the ages of 10 and 21 (see above) to help them untangle the feelings, behaviors and thoughts that can sometimes be complex and overwhelming. The therapy typically uses special techniques that encourage the expressive nature of the young person such as art therapy or more traditional approaches like talking therapy. Adolescent therapy helps teens deal with specific emotions, and it can also help them navigate specific challenges, manage life stressors, and adjust to major changes.
Teens benefit greatly from therapy. The support of a mental health professional helps them understand and express themselves better, make better decisions, and live emotionally balanced lives. Teens often experience intense emotions which can lead to extreme feelings of elation, joy, anger, or sadness depending on the circumstances; teens are also at risk for developing anxiety and depression.
Therapy helps teens understand the root cause of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and shows them how to make positive changes to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. They are taught how to work through issues and find solutions; they learn and apply vital skills such as emotion regulation, effective communication, empathy, assertiveness, and self-awareness.
Some key situations where therapy can help are:
⦁ Anxiety and/or depression
⦁ Sexuality and gender identity
⦁ Peer pressure
⦁ Social anxiety
⦁ Academic pressure
⦁ Homelife challenges
⦁ Communication skills
⦁ Dealing with the stress of social media
⦁ Bullying (in school or online)
⦁ Live changes (divorce, attending a new school or moving house)
There are three main types of teen therapy: individual, family and group; sometimes it is beneficial to combine two, such as individual and family. The session will progress as the therapist deems fit for the child and the circumstances, and may include play, art or talking therapy. When making first contact with the parent/caregiver the therapist will discuss the needs of the child and other related parties, will establish goals and will conduct the therapy sessions accordingly.
As soon as you identify that your child/teen may need emotional help and support it’s important to seek help as soon as you can; it’s doubtful their issues will resolve on their own and will likely become worse. When seeking recommendations for a therapist use resources such as:
⦁ A school psychologist, guidance counselor or social worker. Schools generally keep a list of recommended local therapists.
⦁ The child’s family physician or pediatrician.
⦁ Trusted friends.
⦁ Local community or parenting groups.
Also take into account the availability and accessibility of the therapist If you would like to know more about adolescent/teen therapy contact Reaching Resolution today! call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located 9719 Northeast Parkway, Suite 100 Matthews NC 28105. We serve clients from Matthews NC, Charlotte NC, Mint Hill NC, Indian Trail NC, Pineville NC, and Stallings NC.