Concerned about your teenagers? Do you see some changes that worry you? We all want to see our adolescents happy, successful, well-adjusted, with lots of friends, and on the road to taking advantage of every possible opportunity that lies on their path.
Yet, teens are dealing with increasing challenges such as peer pressure, academic pressures, hormonal changes, bullying, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, parental expectations, substance abuse, self-discovery, and decisions about college, missions, dating, etc. etc. etc.
There is much at play in the teenage brain, where new connections between brain areas are being built and many chemicals, especially neurotransmitters, the brain’s “messengers,” are in flux.
This is WHY adolescence is a time of true wonder. Because of the flexibility and growth of the brain, adolescents have a window of opportunity with an increased capacity for remarkable accomplishments.
Flexibility, growth, and exuberance are a double-edged sword because an “open” and excitable brain also can be adversely affected by stress, drugs, chemical substances, and any number of changes in the environment. And because of an adolescent’s often overactive brain, those influences can result in problems dramatically more serious than they are for adults.
Therapy can be a great resource for parents in coping with the challenges of raising a family in this complicated world. In Karen’s experience, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” and it is unwise to ignore serious warning signs that give us concern.
Working with teens and adolescents is all about building relationships and rapport. Karen is a master at relationship-building, and her experience as guardian of her orphaned siblings, raising her own 6 kids, as well as her professional training and other experiences, have made her invaluable in assisting families and individuals in creating the family they have dreamed of.
Today’s teens and adolescents are experiencing more challenges and stress than ever before! Therapy can support you and your adolescent through these difficult years. It can provide the opportunity to improve functioning at school, home, with peers, and in family relationships. Counseling also allows for the development, in a safe and nurturing space, for the development of skills to increase independence and prepare kids for the complicated world of adulthood.
These are some of the situations where therapy can be valuable for adolescents and their parents:
- Peer relationship struggles
- Isolation/lack of meaningful relationships
- Chemical dependency
- Increasing opposition and defiance with parents and authority figures
- Low energy
- Lack of motivation
- Self-harm behaviors, such as cutting
- Eating disorders
- Poor stress management skills
- Poor social skills
- Suicidal ideation
- Parental discord/separation/divorce
- Teen pregnancy
- Excessive Computer Gaming
- Death of a friend or Loved one
- Death by suicide among peers or family
- Preparation for LDS mission
- Preparation for College
- Preparation for Marriage
- Family crisis
- Sudden change in life
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Redd for help today!
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