Talk To Your Teen Again
Therapy for your teen can help heal the rifts running through your family.
If you are a parent who has noticed excessive irritability, social isolation, depression or anxiety in your child, trust your instincts and get help for your child.
Nothing is more painful than watching your child struggle and not knowing how to make it better.
The teen years can be a developmental crisis. Trying to gauge whether your teen’s moods and behaviors interfere with his or her daily functioning and feel beyond something you can understand or manage.
A telltale sign of trouble is when your teen simply does not want to talk to you anymore and/or does not want to listen to anything you have to say.
Yes, teens are supposed to reject their parents to some degree to form their own identities, but there is a limit to how much of this is healthy.
The good news is that even very unbalanced teenagers can quickly stabilize and improve with a solid support system.
I have been working with troubled teens for many years and usually develop rapport with them quickly.
This enables me to pin down the source of the problem fairly fast and work on a solution with your teen. On some occasions, I recommend family sessions and/or parent consultations to improve communication.
My approach teaches adolescents to communicate better and correct troubled behaviors, (Drug use, constant defiance, school trouble, etc.).
Your teen will learn to stop acting out and instead communicate her needs clearly. My parent consultations are designed to complement this by teaching parents how to respond more effectively.
How do I know if my teen needs therapy?
When pressed, most teens would probably begrudgingly admit that they still need their parents’ support, guidance and reassurance. That is true whether your teen admits to this or not!
But sometimes, the support of parents simply isn’t enough. Below are a few common symptoms that indicate the need for professional help:
- Your teen appears sad, tired, restless or irritable most of the time. One of the confusing things about teen depression is it often appears as crankiness and hostility. I don’t mean the occasional outburst but more a persistent pattern of irritability.
- Your teen has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. The general recommendation for teenagers is to get between 8-10 hours of sleep per night. If your child sleeps much more or less than that it could be a sign of problems.
- Any dramatic changes when it comes to eating, weight gain or weight loss.
- Social isolation. Your teen has trouble making or keeping friends. Your child holes up in his room all day to play video games or watch TV and does not seem to have any close friends he socializes with outside of school.
- Dropping grades. Your teen used to be a solid A or B student and now can barely keep a C average. Resist the urge to chalk this change up to laziness or bad teachers. Depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, sleeping problems, eating disorders or drug use all can have a powerful negative impact on a person’s ability to concentrate and learn.
My approach working with clients is very proactive. You can expect specific feedback on how to improve your relationship.
We’ll work together on building these relationship skills in you and your partner. The result is you’ll both start to do less of what pulls you apart and more of what brings you together.
It’s not about sitting on my couch yelling at one another. It’s not magic. It’s learning how to communicate and take the right steps day by day to get back to being deeply connected again.
I’ll ask you in-depth questions no one has ever asked you. Questions that in many ways are totally obvious and yet, you’ll realize no one (including yourself) has ever asked them!
I will challenge you not to settle in your job, relationships, or life in general. I’ll never push you if you’re not ready for a certain step; instead, we’ll figure out the reason why you are not ready and help move you past that first.
What would it mean for you if your relationship got back to that special place of deep connection and intimacy?
What would it mean for you if it didn’t?
We can work on healing your relationship and getting it back to a great place. Give me a call for your free consultation today.