Project Description

Teen Therapy

Teen years are the bridge between childhood and adulthood, a truly crucial time. 

Teens and their world

Being a teenager in today’s society is likely the hardest it has ever been before. Struggles with emotions, relationships, self-esteem, and bullying are just a few of the many stressors current plaguing young people. You may be feeling helpless as to how you can best help your teen at this time. Please know that this is not only understandable, but highly common among parents of teenage children. During the teens years, a person is dealing with understanding their own identity, where and how to fit in with peers, rapid physical changes, and challenges in making healthy, sound choices. When these factors collide, many teens find themselves needing additional support to cope.

Major loss and life changes (such as natural disasters, divorce, remarriage of parents, relocation, death in the family, etc.) can bring about a host of emotional responses resulting in isolation, arguing, defiance, and other unhealthy behaviors. It is usually during this time that the teenager’s family and friends begin to notice significant changes in how they present and behave.

Therapy for girls being bullied at West Lake Houston Counseling
West Lake Houston Counseling to help teenagers dealing with anxiety and depression

What is teen therapy?

Teen therapy is two-pronged. It is designed to enable a teenager to process life difficulties in a safe, supportive environment, and it also functions as a bridge between teenagers and the rest of their families and world. Teens often need insight to fully understand the impact they have on others; they frequently need the space and time to develop the personally skills that are necessary for navigating stressors in their daily lives. On the other hand, parents generally want to better understand their teenagers and push them towards success, but they often find that they have trouble communicating with their teen.

Teen therapy may be a good fit for your child if he/she is:

  • Dealing with bullying or conflict with peers

  • Struggling with low self-esteem or confidence

  • Seems to be preoccupied with perfectionism

         

  • Consistently argumentative, seeming to be defiant, or rebellious

  • Navigating a major change in the family (divorce, remarriage of parents, or loss of a loved one)

  • Struggling with a sense of identity (“Who am I?”)

  • Recovering from a personal trauma

  • Coping with the various ups and downs of teenage life

West Lake Houston Counseling for overwhelmed teens
Counseling for teenagers at West Lake Houston Counseling

How teen therapy helps families

Teen therapy can help a teenager to better cope with emotions and become better at managing various stressors in their life. Additionally, as teenagers become more self-aware and develop better communication skills, they become better at connecting with their parents and families in healthy and productive ways.* Furthermore, teen therapy helps parents become more informed of the stressors their teens are under and how best to move forward in supporting them in the best ways possible. Ultimately, teen therapy is geared to support teen recovery and to strengthen the family bond.  

*Please note, a parent/caregiver must be present for the initial session of teen therapy and be able to commit to a family therapy session periodically throughout the course of teen therapy treatment.  

Group therapy for teens

Group therapy for teens is offered at West Lake Houston Counseling on a seasonal basis.* Group therapy is a highly viable option for teens who need support in coping with difficult emotions, identifying unhelpful thinking patterns, and building self-confidence and self-respect. Teen group therapy may also be an appropriate place to begin for teens who may not feel comfortable going to individual therapy. The group setting allows for teens “try on” new ways of interacting and building healthy interpersonal skills with others. Group therapy is also an important setting for teens to identify and explore the impact they have on others around them. In group therapy, participants are encouraged to develop goals to help them make positive changes.

Topics processed in teen group therapy include:

  • Peer pressure/managing conflict
  • Healthy dating/dating violence
  • Social anxiety
  • Interpersonal skill-building
  • Tools for making sound, healthy decisions
  • Self-care
  • Emotion management
  • Skills and resources for managing mental health concerns
  • Grief and loss

*Please note, teen group therapy is offered during the summer for teens ages 15-17. Individual assessments are required to ensure your teen is a good fit for teen group therapy. Assessments and teen group therapy sessions will be facilitated by Devaney Knight, LMFT.

West Lake Houston Counseling for Teenagers

A Place to Start

If you are ready to schedule a therapy appointment, I invite you to reach out to my
office using the form on this site under “Contact”. Alternatively, if you have specific questions about my work experience or methods of treatment, I invite you to schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation via phone. I look forward to hearing from you!

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