Is Your Teen Struggling With Anxiety or Depression?
- Is your teen under a lot of stress?
- Do they not seem as happy as they once did?
- Do you feel like you're constantly correcting them?
- Are they suffering from an eating disorder?
- Are you worried about their recent change in behaviors?
- Are you concerned your child is harming themselves?
Teens are navigating many challenges at this life stage. Our teens are seeking therapy to explore social pressures, bullying, academic stressors, parent's divorce, anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, a recent move, and life transitions, to name a few common reasons. Our teens are also navigating their changing hormones and exploring who they are in the world. Have you tried what you can to help, but feel you don't know where else to turn? This is the time to engage in teen therapy to ensure there is a trusted adult supporting you and your teen during these important times.
Common Life Challenges Among Teens
Have you noticed that your teen is isolating, engaging in risky behaviors, no longer enjoying things they used to, struggling to sleep, overly worried about different things, or engaging in self-harm? According to The National Institute for Mental Health, an estimated 49.5% of adolescents had any mental disorder . Teen therapy is available, yet some are unsure if they are ready to engage their teen in outside support.
- Loss - Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. Loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
- Stress - A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
- Violence - Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. Sometimes we might not know the root cause and this can be even more anxiety provoking. Engaging your teen in therapy is not a sign of failure, but a sign of compassion. Having a trusted adult to support your teen in navigating this precious stage of life as well as support you in parenting is invaluable.
I Want to Help My Teen
The good news is Deeply Rooted Psychotherapy has highly skilled and compassionate therapists that are here to help. Your therapist will take their time to learn about your teen to make sure they feel heard and safe to explore their struggles. We will work with your teen in learning to identify and express their emotions in a healthy way. Your therapist will be able to help you navigate what is "normal" teenage behaviors and what is an underlying mental health illness.
Teen Therapy Gives Your Teen Long Lasting Tools
Our professional and highly trained mental health professionals have experience in providing the following teen therapy:
Deeply Rooted Psychotherapy offers, one-on-one sessions, during this time your teen's therapist will typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help your teen make a connection between their thoughts and feelings, as well as understand how these impact their behavior. During CBT sessions we work with your teen to identify negative thoughts that contribute to anger, low self-esteem, poor relationships, or sadness. Then our skilled therapists work with your teen using CBT to change this thinking as well as learn healthy coping tools to replace unhealthy ones, such as using drugs, alcohol, aggression, or self-harm.
We are able to use CBT to address different concerns that are contributing to anxiety or depression. For example, if your teen is struggling with self-esteem, we can help them to identify the thought, gather evidence to challenge them, and identify more supportive self-talk statements. If your teen is struggling to manage anger, we can use CBT to identify unproductive thoughts that are creating a barrier to using healthy outlets.
Group teen therapy can be very effective because it allows teens to see how their peers handle their problems and gives them a feeling of not being alone in their struggles. Most groups have five to seven teens and one teen therapist who will ask questions and guide the conversation to ensure the time is therapeutic. We often see that a supportive peer can help a teen truly take in the helpful tools adults are trying to provide.
Your teen would go to therapy with you, caregivers, and sometimes even with siblings. This style of therapy can be very beneficial as it allows the family to communicate effectively and respectfully. The therapist will be there to support the family in better understanding each other, increasing communication skills, developing a plan to help the teen at home, and overall improvement of the quality of the relationships.
The type of teen therapy that would be best will be determined by your trained therapist. Often, we will use a combination of all three of these types of therapy.
Ready To Connect With Your Teen Again?
We know you want to feel connected to your teen again and enjoy these years with them. Our skilled clinicians are here to support your family in coming together again and your teen in regaining happiness. Our skilled teen therapists have worked with many families in their journey towards healing. We helped others reach their goals for their teens to improve motivation, greater quality of life, better communication, engaging in healthy peer relationships, and eliminate risk taking behaviors such as drugs use or self-harm. Your teen can feel happy again.
I Have Some More Questions
Will I Be Involved In My Teen's Therapy?
Your involvement is proven to improve the outcome of your teen's therapy process. What the level of involvement looks like will vary depending on the goals and each family. We incorporate family sessions with teen therapy sessions as needed to ensure you are involved in how to continue to support your teen or address other concerns that present themselves. The goal will be focused on how you can support the well-being and goals of your teen in their therapy.
How Long Until I See My Teen Feeling Better?
Each teen varies in their progress. We will work with your teen to set a treatment plan to meet realistic goals in their therapy. On average it can take 8 sessions before your teen sees improvements with their stress and increased confidence in their coping tools.
How Much Does Teen Therapy Cost?
We accept some major insurances and will work with you to verify your benefits before the first session. We offer competitive self pay options and will be able to provide you a Superbill for services to submit to your insurance company depending on your benefits.
If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to us to schedule a free 15 minute consultation call at 561-221-0080 or complete our contact form.