Adolescents enter counseling for an assortment of reasons. Some come on their own free will, the majority of them come through from the demands of their parent(s). Like adults, adolescents have the same reservations regarding counseling. The therapist normalizing these thoughts and feelings can deepen the therapeutic relationship.
Adolescence can be one of the most challenging times in life. They are experiencing rapid hormonal changes, biological as well as physiological changes too. Relationships, stress, peer pressure, depression, and anxiety can all be confusing to them. Counseling helps them work through all of these struggles while finding coping mechanisms
In therapy, the adolescent meets individually with the therapist and is encouraged to express their thoughts, feeling or concerns freely in a relatively consequence free zone. This process enables the adolescent to change negative behavior, develop self-understanding, compromise with others and accomplish personal growth.
Signs that there may be a bigger problem than what parents can handle include: