Teen Therapy, Adolescent Therapy

Teen trouble tiger cub and mother
Although I'm only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone. - Anne Frank

I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another til I drop. - Jack Kerouac

Adolescence and the teen years: the transition between childhood and adulthood is full of contradictions. At once an adolescent or teen feels unbreakable yet fragile, hopeful yet despairing, sure yet utterly confused. Situate these states of mind in a culture that demands achievement while offering so many ways to sabotage the future, and what hope is there? You can have hope and confidence that your child will grow into a healthy adult. Academic problems, loneliness, drug and alcohol experimentation, depression and anxiety do not have to lead to disaster.

Parents can feel overwhelmed in preparing their children for success in life. Teens seem to have their own ideas. The sensible reactions of good parents can unintentionally increase the tension. Having somebody help understand what is happening can calm the storms significantly and allow new strategies to be effective. This helps the entire family.

I believe a common-sense approach for parents in protecting their teen children from real dangers but also recognizing the developmental tasks that adolescents are trying to navigate. It can make a huge difference when teens can discuss thoughts, feelings and behaviors with a therapist, who is neither their peer nor a parent. Collaboration with school staff to help achieve academic goals and to reduce acting out can be productive as well.