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Restoring Hope Counseling Center
The teenage years are challenging for teens and their parents. Teens face many new pressures and may not always react in the healthiest ways to the problems they encounter. In some cases, teens may need counseling to help them cope with their problems. Parents should know the danger signs to look for and how to find a counselor if their teen needs one.
Some of the struggles teens face are a normal part of growing up, like dealing with peer groups, experimenting with new ideas, and going through changes in mood, identity, and interests. Parents can help their teens through some of these issues by talking to them, being patient with them, and creating an environment that is structured and supportive.
Problems that teens and their parents may need to seek help to handle include:
While some teens can cope with these events better than others, almost all teens will benefit from talking to a therapist about them. Sometimes a teen’s behavior will indicate that there is a serious problem that requires teen therapy. Some of these negative behaviors are:
Teens who exhibit any of these signs should be taken to a doctor to check for medical conditions that may lead to negative behaviors. A stay in the hospital may be necessary for a teen who is suicidal or experiencing severe medical problems. Therapy is an important part of treating these problems. Individual or group therapy can help teens to:
Doctors or schools can usually recommend a therapist, or parents can talk to other parents or look in the phone book for counselors. In the teen is not covered by insurance, a school counselor or a therapist at a local clinic can usually provide free or inexpensive counseling.
There are several types of adolescent counseling that may benefit troubled teens:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps teens reduce their negative thought patterns and increase positive behaviors.
Interpersonal therapy focuses on how the teen relates to other people.
Problem-solving therapy teaches teens positive ways to cope with their problems.
Group therapy allows teens to meet with others who have similar issues and talk about their problems under the supervision of a counselor.
Family therapy is also beneficial in helping teens and their families understand and deal with teen problems.