Families will experience ups and downs, and most problems will resolve without the help of an outside counselor. However, some difficulties will benefit from special attention and warrant professional help.
Some examples of when you might consider connecting your teenager with counseling services are provided below:
- Having ongoing problems at school such as not keeping up with his or her academic responsibilities
- Acting out. Being oppositional or defiant
- Being tearful or sad
- Feeling anxious or stressed
- Displaying changes in personality or mood
- Having difficulty adjusting to changes in life, such as a parental divorce or loss of a family member
- Abusing alcohol or drugs
- Engaging in dangerous behaviours or self-harming, i.e. cutting
- Showing signs of an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia
- Struggling with sexual identity or sexual orientation
Psychotherapy can be highly beneficial for the overall mental health and development of adolescents. If you have any questions regarding whether counseling is appropriate for your teenager or you are yourself a teenager seeking help or information, please feel free to call me for a free 30-minute consultation.