I think my teen needs help
The teenage years are full of growth and transitions. Although all teens have times of struggle, some experience difficulties that significantly impact their normal functioning. In our adolescents years, we feel our emotions to the extreme, and sometimes rather than a parent, an outside, unbiased person is the most appropriate to talk to.
What if they don’t want to talk?
Most teens will initially feel a little uneasy about talking to someone they don’t know about intimate things, but the genuine care our clinicians have for their clients helps build a relationship based on trust. Adolescents are treated with compassion and respect. The goal of therapy is to help teens gain a sense of well-being, learn to solve problems and make healthy choices for themselves. To do this, our clinicians try to respect our teen client’s confidentiality, sharing only major themes and safety concerns with parents. This way, adolescents can feel comfortable sharing things they otherwise shy away from and are unable to process.
What type of therapy will they receive?
At Rogers Counseling and Play Therapy Center, we always consider developmental appropriateness. With older adolescents, talk therapy is able to be used rather than Play Therapy. However, it is not uncommon for an activity or game to be utilized in session. Other techniques, such as EMDR, can also be used with our adolescent clients. We offer group therapy for middle and high school students. Group therapy can be a very powerful way to help adolescents with positive coping skills. Group therapy can help them feel supported and realized that they are not alone in their struggles.
How to know if your child needs therapy?
Most likely, if you are already considering counseling, it is probably something they could benefit from. Counseling creates a safe space for clients to feel comfortable discussing things they might otherwise keep buried, weighing them down. When teens hold these things inside, they sometimes find other ways to cope: eating changes, perfectionism, withdrawal from friends or activities they once enjoyed, alcohol use or drug use, or self-injury. Sometimes these things lead to thoughts of suicide or hopelessness, so it is good to come in before it gets to this point.
If you’re interested in coming in for an assessment, call us at (713) 234-7172 for a complimentary ten minutes consultation. Expect the therapist to meet with both the parents and teen during the assessment.