It’s a challenge.
Your child has morphed into a teenager, and you’re not quite sure what’s next – or even what’s normal at times.
As parents, we’re supposed to know what’s best for our kids. Keep them safe and secure. Then as teens, we’re expected to continue doing that, while simultaneously allowing them to become more autonomous and independent.
Developmentally, the teenage years are some of the hardest (for reference, refer back to your own). The transition from childhood to adulthood…it’s a bumpy ride, to say the least.
It’s a shame that – generally speaking – there’s no standard in place, at school or elsewhere, that equips teens and pre-teens with the knowledge that life can be confusing and stressful. Depression feels extremely heavy and intense, anxiety is powerful, and educating them preemptively, teaching them the tools and other strategies they can implement to regulate their emotions; return to a place of calm.
In the USA at age 15, many start driver’s ed in preparation for getting their driver’s license. There, an instructor gives detailed explanations to the youngsters on how to navigate the roads safely.
They learn what signs mean.
They learn how to signal lane changes; turn on the headlights so they can see after the sun sets.
They learn the safest way to get where they want to go.
They study written material and have to pass a test.
However, when it comes to mental health – stress, confusion, anxiety – all of which tend to ramp up during the teen years, our society seems more comfortable with a reactive approach. Many times, teens are medicated, and not taught why they feel a certain way, and what to do about it.
Here are some definite signs your teen needs therapy, and possibly other interventions as well:
Expressing dark thoughts
Cutting or self-harming
Failing class and skipping school
Extreme moods and mood swings
Here are less obvious signs that your teen may need a little extra support:
Seems somewhat depressed or otherwise “off”
Doesn’t seem themselves
Less interested in life
If you have a feeling that something is wrong, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Chances are, your teenager could be feeling overwhelmed and could use a little guidance.
Therapy during the teenage years is an excellent resource. Your teen learns ways to gain the upper hand over their emotions.
Depression treatment without drugs is possible, especially if it’s introduced at the onset; when the symptoms initially occur.
Therapy equips them with the appropriate resources to work through their problems; they’re learning powerful skills that will serve them for the rest of their life.
Empowering your teen to be in the driver’s seat of their brain, feelings, and emotions, is an unbelievably transformative gift.
In therapy, your teen will learn how to manage their feelings. Sometimes being human is an intense and painful experience, and they will discover these emotions move through them, and don’t define them.
They will learn the tools necessary to navigate life safely; be able to maneuver through difficult times – and remember to use their headlights when darkness comes.
If you would like more information on how therapy can help, call us today. At the Relationship Therapy Center, our goal is to help people with relationships. The foundation of which is our relationship to ourselves.
Your teen is about to become an adult, and preparing them to enter the world with all the tools necessary to manage the twists and turns in the healthiest way possible – there’s no better gift.
Begin Teen Therapy in Roseville, CA:
If you’ve been concerned about your child’s mental health and behavior, then getting help from a compassionate teen therapist may be the support you’ve been looking for. We will be an ally for your teen and help them navigate the challenges of adolescence. To begin counseling in Fair Oaks, CA, Roseville, CA, or online, follow these steps
Contact the Relationship Therapy Center and schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to learn more about in-person or online teen therapy
Make an appointment for your teen to meet with one of our compassionate teen therapists
Get the support your teen needs to navigate adolescent challenges with confidence!
Other Counseling Services offered at The Relationship Therapy Center in California:
In addition to teen therapy, Our Sacramento area counseling clinics located in Roseville and Fair Oaks, CA are pleased to offer a variety of mental health services. Our couples services include: Couples Counseling, Counseling after infidelity, sex therapy, co-parent counseling, family therapy, divorce counseling, intensive couples retreats, and premarital counseling. Our individual therapy services include anxiety treatment, therapy for children, teen therapy, depression treatment, codependency counseling and individual relationship counseling. Our therapists offer online counseling in California to treat a variety of mental health concerns. Please reach out to our Sacramento area therapy office to learn more about the many ways we can help you or your loved ones.