Common issues that teens deal with are:

  • School stress
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Peer issues due to social media
  • Identity issues
  • Anger management / aggression towards others
  • Sleep problems
  • Alcohol/ drug problem
  • Dealing with parent’s divorce
  • Trauma
  • Defiance with authority figures
  • Attention issues
  • Sadness/ isolating behaviors
  • Difficulties with emotional expression
  • Self-harm
  • Risky behaviors

It is important to note that when working with teens, it is my belief that parental involvement in the therapeutic process is essential for real long-term change in a teen’s symptoms. Many times, I will involve parents after I have established a rapport with the teen, when I feel they trust the therapeutic process. Teens are challenged in many areas of their life due to being in the in-between stage of child and adult. In the midst of this physical transition, many changes occur in adolescents. Teens have a lot of pressures socially while trying to gain identity and independence as an individual. This stage of life can be challenging for both parent and teen. Therapy during this stage is helpful to empower the teen to learn to express their feelings in a healthy constructive way.