Adolescents experience many transitions throughout this time in their development. These can include adjustments in the area of family, relationships, school, or extracurricular activities. A myriad of factors, including temperament, lack of life experiences, or being faced with too many changes at one time, can impact your teen’s ability to weather these challenges. Changes in our lives create losses which may need to be grieved. During these difficult seasons, many parents may also be experiencing a great deal of adjustment, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly what your teen is needing or how to help them best.
In the midst of this time of transition, the professionals at Journeys Counseling Center want to help you feel more connected to your child and help you work with your child to find solutions to these difficulties. Some examples may include helping your teen find ways to meet basic, universal needs such as belonging, security, recognition, and enjoyment. Also, we may help your teen walk through a grieving process that could include understanding who they are in the midst of this change, creating new rituals and finding gains, or recognizing what has remained constant and stable in their lives.
In addition, this process may involve building more social and problem solving skills and increasing a sense of self-worth through a variety of creative means, such as music, art, talking, journaling, and other forms of healthy self-expression. Our skilled therapists work to partner with each client to collaboratively craft a plan to identify the issues, learn to express feelings in healthy ways, and establish coping skills. This process is unique to each individual client, but 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.