“Adolescents who are absorbing negative messages about who they are and what is expected of them may sink to that level instead of realizing their true potential. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, ‘Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.’”
― Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
Many teens struggle with how they view themselves. Peers, media, social media, and even extracurricular activities all can contribute to these struggles. Because of this, many teens end up having a negative or distorted view of themselves. This could include a variety of different feelings, such as feeling lazy, unattractive, that they don’t fit in, or simply that they are not good enough. Teen development and responses to stress are unique to each individual. At Journeys, we recognize this difference and work with our teen clients to first create a safe place, establish trust, and foster a connection, so their healing journey can begin.
The development and function of the adolescent brain is no doubt very different than that of an adult. We use a variety of ways to connect with teens through music, art, talking, journaling, and other forms of healthy self-expression. Our therapists work to partner with each client to collaboratively craft a plan to identify the issues, learn to express feelings in healthy ways, establish coping skills, and develop a healthy body image and view of self. This process is unique to each individual client, but often will involve the parent or caregiver during the early assessment period. When appropriate and beneficial, Journeys therapists may work with other members of the family in conjunction with the teen’s treatment.
We generally recommend scheduling a specialized assessment with a trusted Journeys counselor to evaluate what your specific needs are, as well as determining best the options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.
Check out our team to connect with a therapist that’s right for your situation or contact our client coordinator with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a therapist that is best suited for you and your family’s needs.