Adolescence is a time of great growth, though with great turmoil -- for both the youngster and their parents! From a developmental perspective, the teen is supposed to explore their identity by connecting with peers and "trying on" versions of themselves. They are pulled to take risks, in part because their rational prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the mid-twenties. With so many changes and so much to learn, most adolescents would benefit from having someone outside their family with whom to process their growth experiences.
Unfortunately many teens experience times when they feel overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings. Many teens metaphorically wrestle with depression, anxiety, stress, and challenges as they as themselves important questions about belonging, the meaning of their lives, and how to move from their childhood into adulthood.
Our team of therapists has experience and techniques to work with your son or daughter through their time of growth.
Family Matters therapists meet with parents regularly when working with teens. Our philosophy is that parents must be included if we are to support the teenager; parents are the most important figure in their child's life, especially during this stage of life.
Please call today if you'd like to see if we might work together to help you and your teen during these important years.
Counseling can help parents and teens navigate growing through adolescence together.
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