Adolescence can be one of the most challenging times for teenagers and their parents to go through. During the teen years, you will navigate the turbulent waters of rapid emotional and physical changes, and it can be difficult to give your teen the skills they need to achieve independence and become a responsible adult.
Teenagers are straddling the gap between childhood and adulthood. It’s only natural for them to be confused about how they should behave. With your help and loving support, your teen can make it through these difficult years and emerge on the other side.
Mary’s approach was both loving and calm and helped me separate my feelings from the “story” I was telling myself.
Common teenage traits like self-centeredness and rebellion may be difficult to deal with at times, but it’s important to recognize that they are perfectly normal. Conflict is typical of this developmental stage, but outside support, encouragement and perspective can help you succeed as a parent of an adolescent.
Teenagers can get just as much, if not more, out of therapy and counseling as adults. Common stressors during the teen years include:
Counseling can help adolescents learn how to identify causes of their distress, hone their coping and problem-solving skills and express their emotions in a healthy way.
If you notice a change in your child’s behavior, such as inattention, arguing, withdrawal, depression, anger or excessive stress, and you think they need help working through these issues, seeking adolescent counseling with a professional therapist is a smart decision. Throughout her career, Mary Coleman has worked specifically with the psychological and emotional upheaval associated with adolescence. Call today to get the therapy that can provide a strong behavioral foundation for adult life.