Adolescence is a unique and challenging time for you and your teen. It is where the development of identity, independence, and a sense of belonging begins. In adolescent therapy teens often meet without their parents, as therapy can provide a secure and safe place where they can freely express themselves emotionally. The intended purpose of adolescent therapy is to assist adolescents to develop healthy emotional expression by developing an understanding of age related issues, societal/peer pressures, and the physical and biological influences that create unfavorable behaviors or mental health concerns. We have therapists on staff that specialize in adolescent therapy. They specialize in collaboratively assisting teens develop emotional identification/intelligence to assist them with developing coping skills and strategies utilizing both internal and external resources to improve self-esteem and and their well-being as it pertains to school, social media, everyday life, peer pressure, and family matters.
As adolescents mature physically, so do their emotional and social needs. This can be a critical time for a teen, as this is the time they begin to develop the essential emotional and social foundation necessary to lead stable, healthy, and happy lives. When adolescents don’t fully understand their emotions, their purpose, or have trouble with their peer group, they can unfortunately engage in behaviors that may have an adverse effect on their well-being and their self-esteem, inhibiting their ability to reach their full potential during this critical period of growth. In order to have effective and successful outcomes when treating adolescents, therapeutic treatment modalities must positively correlate with where they are emotionally and developmentally. Horizon recognizes this and our adolescent clinicians utilize evidence based and age appropriate treatment that is always uniquely tailored and individualized for your teen.
We believe talk therapy is great, but we also recognize one treatment modality is not sufficient as one size fits all approach. We consider and introduce the healing benefits of expressive therapies such as art and sand tray. Today, neuroscience research supports the utilization of sensory approaches to emotional regulation and emotional well-being. Participating in individual therapy provides your teen with a unique opportunity to form a therapeutic relationship that is positive and safe. Typically, the family and or teen identifies a concern(s) and the therapist guides and support them to problem-solve, gain a deeper understanding of their emotional/behavioral connection, develop insight, and the ability to manage their emotional responses in a more healthy and effective manner. Worried About Your Teen: What to Look For In Your Teen
● Sudden decrease in school performance
● Physical aggression
● Bullying other children
● Self-injurious behaviors
● Loss of interest in friends or favorite activities
● Loss of appetite
● Sudden changes in weight.
● Excessive worry about weight gain.
● Sudden changes in sleep habits.
● Avoiding friends and family
● Frequent mood swings
● Frequent anger
● Low energy or motivation
● Defiance with parents and/or teachers
● Changes in hygiene