Are you worried about your teenager?
Are you worried your son or daughter is heading down the wrong path? Have you noticed a recent change in their behavior? Do you find it really difficult to get your teen to talk to you openly? Do you notice your son or daughter sleeping excessively or not getting enough sleep? Do they have persistent worries? Has your child withdrawn socially? Are you worried your child may be suicidal?
It is incredibly painful to watch your child suffer at any age. You want to take away the pain and make their troubles go away. Most of all you want to understand what is wrong, so you can try to find a way to help. If you could just get your child to talk to you about what’s troubling them, maybe there is a way to make whatever it is better. That’s where I step in…
It is possible to help your teen by starting therapy.
Yes, your child can improve with the help of a professional. If your child is struggling with depression, anxiety, it is important that you are seeking appropriate help. You should not attempt to do it alone. This is bigger than “raging hormones”. If you are concerned your teen is suicidal or making life threatening decisions, seek professional help now. Always call emergency services (911) if you are concerned about active suicidality.
It is common for the teenage years to be filled with struggle.
Many times teenagers struggle to be open with their parents. This isn’t necessarily about you or anything you have done wrong as a parent. However, it’s important to understand what is happening in order to best support your teenager. Your son or daughter is experiencing major shifts in development: physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. This can contribute to them feeling completely overwhelmed by any additional stressor, a breakup, bad grade, moving, or a fight with a friend.
Commonly asked questions about therapy
What if my teen refuses therapy?
I always suggest that parents start by having a compassionate conversation. Try bringing the idea of therapy up when things are calm and not mid-argument. Explain why you are concerned, and why you feel talking to someone might help. It might take several conversations before your teenager is open to the idea, but often if they sense you are truly concerned and are coming from a caring place, they will be willing to give it a try. You can also mention to them that I offer a free consultation so they can meet me and ask questions before making a commitment.
I am currently accepting new clients with some remaining weekend and evening availability. Please contact me with preferences in mind and I will do my best to fit into your schedule. Fill out the form on my contact page, or call today and schedule a free 30 minute consultation. 952-548-6626