Does your adolescents struggle in silence or by acting out in various destructive ways? Maybe you’re concerned about emotional scars that could follow her into their adulthood… If so, you’re not alone in your concern and frankly, it’s almost inevitable that at some point in your child’s teen years, they will face negative peer influence, self-esteem issues and struggle with impulsivity.
With the increase in social media, academic pressures, peer acceptance, family difficulties and identity issues, teenagers are faced with trying to understand themselves, creating their own unique self and preparing to launch into adulthood, many times relying on negative sources for support and validation.
Do you remember your adolescents (middle school in particular?) it’s likely you have memories you’d like to never relive or experience your own flashbacks watching your teen tackle similar struggles. And let’s face it, they don’t exactly want to hear, “I’ve been there,” or “I remember when…” In fact, the last thing most teens want to hear is feedback from their parents.
This is where a therapist or mentor can prove to be a worthwhile investment as your teen works through the dynamic waters of this stormy phase. Trust is key and within a confidential space (with some exceptions) teens have the opportunity to explore their inner thoughts, desires and conflicts with an unbiased person who won’t freak out at the first mention of anything inappropriate or against the rules.
Individual therapy provides a positive and non-judgemental space for teens to talk through their feelings about the world around them and gain practical skills for better understanding their emotions, impulses and reactions. In conjunction or on its own, group therapy can be an even more powerful tool for self-exploration and self-development.
Teens need their peer groups and group therapy acts as a safe container for them to figure out who they are with others with the help of a trained professional. Having a confidential space to explore fears, anxieties, disappointments and transition issues, teens gain better self-awareness and learn how to work through challenges with the help of supportive and relatable peers.
If you’re looking for a way to set your teen on the right track towards adulthood, investing in personal growth and development will have a lifelong impact.