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Has Your Teen Been Struggling Mentally And Emotionally?

Are you the concerned parent of a teen who is currently coping with anxiety, depression, or just general stress? Do you notice symptoms that regularly impact their functioning and overall well-being? Have you increasingly observed negative patterns in them, such as:

  • Difficulty making and maintaining friendships?
  • Social anxiety, angry outbursts, or panic attacks?
  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little?

Maybe your teen is running into challenges at school, in extracurricular activities, or with friends and family. They may even be dealing with unseen issues, such as bullying, peer pressure, or academic stress, to name a few. Or perhaps you are interested in therapy for your teen simply because you want to support their healthy development.

Teens Face Many Challenges While Navigating Adolescence

It can prove difficult for many teens to effectively juggle the responsibilities of family, friends, and school, all while forming their own identity. And when worry or sadness get added to the mix, this can all negatively affect basic functioning. For example, maybe your teen lacks the motivation to begin their day, or they have trouble transitioning from one activity to the next. Or perhaps, consumed by anxious thoughts, they struggle to fall asleep when the day finally ends.

Although teens encounter various life problems just as adults do, they often lack the coping mechanisms to respond in healthy, productive ways. You may notice your teen, for instance, engaging in unhealthy or risky behavior like drug or alcohol abuse; they may have even experienced thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Fortunately, whatever your teen is going through, our therapists at Renew Counseling can help them navigate these challenging times. We help teens deal with various life stressors in healthy ways so that they can focus instead on living their best lives.

Many Teens Experience Anxiety Or Depression At Some Point

Although difficult emotions are an unavoidable aspect of life, these feelings can be especially challenging for teens to process. And in recent years, we’ve seen an overall increase in mental health issues as well as a decrease in meaningful, healthy relationships—especially for teens.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, around one in six U.S. children aged 6–17 experience a mental health disorder each year, with 50 percent of all lifetime mental illnesses beginning by age 14, and 75 percent beginning by age 24. Even more alarmingly, suicide is the second leading cause of death among U.S. children aged 10–14 (1).

Many Factors Contribute To Mental Health Issues For Teens

While some of the issues that teens face remain typical for young people of any generation, others seem unique to today’s society. Advances in technology like smartphones and social media, for example, mean that teens are constantly bombarded with more information than ever, which often leaves them unable to process or make sense of all that they absorb.

On the other hand, teens have access to more external resources for support as well, which is where we come into play. Therapy with Renew Counseling can help your teen understand that they are not alone in their struggles while working toward real progress with their symptoms. We help teens manage a variety of mental health issues while also finding their value and purpose.

Counseling Can Allow Teens To Reclaim Their Life

Unfortunately, the troubles faced by teens are too often dismissed or taken less seriously than those of their adult counterparts. But teenagers need support just as adults do and perhaps even more so. In this way, therapy can offer a powerful tool to help teens feel seen, heard, and understood.

Counseling provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for teens to process and work through any distressing issues or problems they are dealing with. In addition to providing valuable feedback and insight into your teen’s situation, our counselors will actually help them achieve positive changes in their thoughts, feelings, and relationships.

What You Can Expect From Therapy Sessions

Before beginning therapy, you and your teen will meet with your counselor at the start of the session to talk more about their symptoms and their therapeutic goals. This will allow your therapist to build a custom treatment plan specific to the needs of your teen.

During therapy sessions, your teen will not focus solely on external behaviors but instead work to identify core struggles. We take a holistic approach to teen counseling that emphasizes the mind, body, and spirit connection in order to improve communication and build stronger relationships.

Treatment Approaches That Will Work For Your Teen

Your therapist will be experienced in multiple methods of treating your teen’s symptoms, including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) –EMDR therapy employs bilateral eye stimulation to help teens reprocess difficult memories or experiences.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT helps teens reframe their thoughts and beliefs about themselves and the world.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) –Rooted in CBT, DBT helps teens process particularly intense or difficult emotions.
  • Group Therapy – Group therapy connects teens with similar struggles to help build community and mutual support.
  • Parent Coaching – Parent coaching helps parents gain insight and develop skills to better understand and support their teen.

Through a combination of these modalities, your teen will learn how to effectively combat negative or unproductive thought patterns with healthy coping skills and relaxation techniques. They will also gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the motivations behind their behavior, which will allow them to express themselves in healthier ways.

The ongoing goal of teen therapy is progress. We understand what teens go through and we believe that every struggle or setback is an opportunity for learning and growth. By working with a warm and empathetic counselor moving forward, your teen can come out on the other side as the happiest and healthiest version of themselves.

You May Still Have Some Questions About Teen Counseling…

Do you offer after-school hours or weekend appointments?

Yes! We offer teen counseling appointments during after-school hours and on Saturdays. And although we know that missing school is not necessarily ideal, we can also provide a note if your teen needs to be taken out of class for an appointment.

Will you only be working with my teen, or will you involve other family members as well?

We believe that the most important relationships in any teen’s life are with their parents or primary caretakers, and our approach to therapy reflects this. We actively work with both teens and parents to improve their communication and connection.

How can parents stay engaged and updated on their teen’s progress in counseling?

Our counselors will typically check in with parents at the beginning or the end of each session. You can also request to speak with your teen counselor for an update over the phone at any point. And the counselor might even recommend joint sessions to improve understanding between you and your teen regarding any particular issue.

Your Teen Can Find Peace And Happiness

If you are the parent of a teen who is interested in overcoming their struggles once and for all, Renew Counseling can help them find their way to a happier, more fulfilling future.

Please call us at 903-386-3824 or utilize our contact page to set up a complimentary, 15-minute consultation session to begin your healing journey.


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