Adolescence is a time of major external and internal change, characterized by rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes. Teen issues arise daily and may consist of (but are not limited to) difficulties with peers, sexual or developmental concerns, school challenges, relationships, and family conflicts. The focus and major goal of the teen years is to move into new roles and responsibilities. These new roles may include breaking away from parents and caregivers and beginning to assert independence. Sometimes these major life changes contribute to symptoms associated with depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism, suicidal ideation, anxiety, emotional distress, and substance abuse.
Teens experience emotions they have never experienced before and do not have the skills or background to manage effectively. At this pivotal age, they are searching for a clear understanding of who they are, while simultaneously struggling with what others say they “should” be. Outside pressures tell teens how to act and how to live, making it difficult for them to know what direction feels authentic to them.
Who am i?
We realize the daily difficulties teens face of living in the space of “Who am I?” Therapy focuses on assisting them in navigating the tumultuous life of peer pressure, self-discovery, and increasing freedom and independence. With guidance, teens identify and analyze their current coping patterns and have the opportunity to create new patterns of thought and behavior that promote health.