What is Adolescent Therapy?
Adolescents of all ages constantly face increasing challenges and stresses in their daily lives. Poor mental health in adolescents can impact many areas of ones life, such as school, grades, decision making, and one’s overall health. Often left untreated, these mental health issues can often lead into other health and behavioral risks such as depression, chronic stress, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relational difficulties. Being an adolescent can be hard, but it should not be hopeless. Through the process of therapy, adolescents can receive the support they need in helping them face the many hardships they encounter.
Beginning at age 13, and sometimes lasting as late as age 26, adolescence undergo and extended period of physical and mental changes. These things are all important factors to consider in treating adolescents clients. The therapeutic process seeks to support adolescent as they process their feelings, thoughts and behaviors. This can look different for each adolescent client, but can draw from many different approaches including traditional talk therapy, expressive art therapy, group therapy, and more. Through this therapeutic process, adolescent can continue to grow and develop healthy coping skills, social skills, and emotional well being in order for their overall wellbeing to continue to improve.
Parents are often invited to attend therapy sessions together, as therapy can be a safe space in which to address the thoughts, feelings, and emotions experienced by all members.