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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Williams

Teen Therapy

The decision to start teen therapy can come with a lot of questions. Perhaps you’re unsure if counseling will work or maybe you feel like therapy is only for troubled youth and your child doesn’t fit the criteria to qualify for therapy. Maybe you think that if you’re a good enough parent, then you’ll know what to do and say to help. Therapy is for all teens and their family, regardless if they are in the midst of a challenge or not! Counseling offers teens and their family a space to learn tools to be better equipped to handle life.



What can parents do?


Start therapy for your teen. There are plenty of benefits for beginning in counseling.


Tip:

Let go of the idea that if you were a good enough parent, your teen wouldn't need therapy. All teens and parents deserve to have a space space to process their emotions.













Here are some:


1. Improved mental health: Teen therapy can help adolescents learn how to manage their emotions, cope with stress and build resilience, which all can contribute to improved mental functioning.


2. Better communication skills: Counseling can teach teens how to communicate more effectively with their peers, parents, teachers and other adults, which can lead to more meaningful relationships and enhance outcomes in their personal and academic lives.


3. Increased self-awareness: Therapy can help adolescents develop a better understanding of themselves by identifying their strengths, growth potential and goals. This can help them make well-informed decisions and pursue their passion more effectively.


4. Greater independence: Through participation in the therapeutic relationship, young adults learn how to make decisions for themselves and take responsibility for their actions, which can encourage increased independence and self-reliance.


5. Improved academic performance: By practicing skills learned in therapy, teens can manage stress and anxiety, helping them achieve academic goals.


6. Stronger family relationships: Therapy can help improve unity and understanding in the family, leading to stronger relationships and a more harmonious home environment.


7. Reduce the rise of substance abuse and risky behaviors: Adolescents who participate in therapy may be less likely to engage in risk behaviors like substance use or self-harm, as therapy can provide a safe space to explore emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.

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