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  • Therapy for Teens

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    Is your teen under a lot of stress? Do they not seem as happy as they once did? Are they suffering from an eating disorder? Do you suspect they are using drugs?

    Most of us remember our teenage years as a combination of great fun, burgeoning freedom, and a tremendous amount of stress. During this time our hormone levels are skyrocketing, making us feel emotionally out of control. We also feel a greater need to perform well academically and fit into social circles. All of this stress can take its toll on a teen’s mental health and overall well-being.

    Common Life Challenges Among Teens

    Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.

    • Loss – Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. A loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
    • Stress – A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
    • Violence – Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and are often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.

    This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.

    What Are Some of the Best Types of Therapy for Teens?

    There are three general types of therapy for teens experiencing mental health issues:

    Individual Therapy

    In these private, one-on-one sessions, a therapist will typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help the teen make a connection between their thoughts and feelings, as well as understand how these impact their behavior.

    Group Therapy

    Group therapy can be very effective because it allows teens to see how their peers handle their problems. Most groups have five to seven teens and one leader who will ask questions and guide the conversation.

    Family Therapy

    In this scenario, the teen would go to therapy with their parent(s) and sometimes even with siblings. This style of therapy can be very beneficial as it allows the family to communicate effectively and respectfully.

    Which type of therapy will be best for the teen will be determined by a trained therapist. Often, he or she will use a combination of all three of these types of therapy.

    If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.

    Meet our Therapists that offer Therapy for Teens

    Samantha Powell, MA, PLPC

    Samantha Powell, MA, PLPC

    About Samantha Powell Hi! My name is Samantha Powell, and I am dedicated to helping individuals of all ages including women, children and adolescents! Therapy Approach With years of experience, I strive to bring a fun, interactive, client-based, and empathic approach to counseling. Despite the challenge there is hope to be able to understand how […]
    Mary Grace Failla, MA, PLPC

    Mary Grace Failla, MA, PLPC

    Hi! My name is Mary Grace Failla and I am dedicated to helping women navigate the complexities of life, find their inner strength, and achieve lasting personal growth. With a Master’s degree in Counseling and years of experience, I bring a unique and empathetic approach to counseling. My passion lies in empowering women to overcome […]
    Olivia Ferguson, M.S., LPC, NCC, CCTP

    Olivia Ferguson, M.S., LPC, NCC, CCTP

    About Hi, I’m Olivia! I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for all people of all ages. My goal is to empower my clients to experience growth and help them remember that they are enough.  Therapy Approach  I have focused most of my career in navigating trauma with individuals and families from many […]

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