Helping Teens Find Their Way Again
Why is it So Difficult Now?
Let’s face it. When your kids were younger, you had a lot more control and influence in their lives. But now that they’re teenagers, you may feel more and more shut out of what’s going on in their heads.
Parenting teens can be really hard.
Outside influences, media, social networks, and friends can have a great deal more influence on their thinking and behavior than you, which makes it difficult to know how to parent well in this season.
It’s a Different World Now
Yes your teenager has rapidly changed, but so has the world they are growing up in. Coming into adulthood in the age of instant internet access, social networks, and ubiquitous peer pressure from online has created new problems for today’s teens as well as making old problems even worse.
It Doesn’t Have to Stay This Way
Just because it’s difficult, doesn’t mean there isn’t a way forward. Imagine seeing your teen happy again, engaged, and communicative. Imagine worrying less about their future and being excited about who they are becoming.
The first thing you need is someone on your team who has experience working with young people – a therapist who can build a trusting relationship with them and help them apply the right kind of tools. There are so many methodologies for therapy, it’s important to make sure the plan is evidence-based and proven to get results.
Are Parents Still Involved?
Yes. We encourage you to stay involved in your teen’s progress. We’ll help you have the tools you need to support their goals of therapy at home. This also becomes a good opportunity to repair any broken lines of communication between you and your teen as you work together.
Parental involvement may include you being part of the therapy sessions after there is a strong foundation formed with your teen. It may also be a good time for family counseling so everyone in the family is on the same page as they navigate this season as a team.
Frequently Asked Questions
I've never talked to anyone. I'm used to handling things on my own. Aren't people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. When working with Living Well Therapy & Coaching, we help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What's the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional helps you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why Shouldn't I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approaches to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can i do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.