We provide counseling services for pre-teens, teenagers and young adults. All of our therapists have a passion for helping youth. We know the brain continues to develop until the mid-twenties and the earlier we provide intervention, the more impact we make in healthy brain development. If we teach healthy cognitive skills and health coping skills at a young age, we can impact the quality of life of young person, for the rest of their life. This is why our team loves working with youth and their families.
Some people think teens are tough. And we know the tougher the shell, the more pain your teenager is experiencing. Angry, moodiness, isolations, apathy and self doubt can all be part of the hormonal changes which occur during and after puberty. All adults know the physical and hormonal changes makes this a challenging time in life by recalling their own development. Although teens may outwardly appear to reject their parents, they also are most influenced by them and parents remain very powerful in a teen’s life and development. A common complaint from parents is their teen won’t speak to them. We know facilitating positive family communication is always a goal of treating teenagers so they can more readily express themselves as a coping skill.
We know trauma has a big impact on the brain as well and the younger the person, more impactful damage from trauma can be to development. However, research support resolving trauma with treatment can have a hugely positive impact. If your teen has experienced trauma in childhood, please seek treatment for this.
Some of the warning signs which can lead to anxiety or depression are: isolation, apathy, change in behavior, change in grades, loss of friends, breakups. If you are unsure if your teen needs care, please schedule an assessment with a treatment provider to get more information on what might be recommended. A relationship with a counselor can be a powerful tool in helping your teen cope and feel better. We are here for you!