Teen Therapy & Counseling

teen counseling denverAdolescence is a time of significant change, growth and possibility. At times, the intensity and speed of a teen’s evolution into adulthood, even in the best of circumstances, can leave both the teen and his or her parents feeling confused, overwhelmed and frustrated. Families can feel they are experiencing an unprecedented amount of conflict, and arguments seem to arise from even the smallest details of daily life for and with adolescents. Parents and teens often find themselves with different priorities and interests, and even the appropriate developmental tasks of separation and individuation can appear more like risky rebellions than like healthy movement.

During this tumultuous time, parents often confront feelings that their children have become sullen, moody, rebellious and secretive strangers and find themselves baffled by the impact of adolescent problems on otherwise good kids. Adolescents, themselves baffled and overwhelmed by the intensity of their emotions, struggle to balance competing needs to fit in socially, succeed academically, please peers, parents and other adults – all while attempting to define their own values and establish a strong sense of core identity. Both parents and teens often feel misunderstood, unheard, disrespected and disliked or ignored by the other.

Family Therapist

South Denver Psychotherapy provides both individual and family counseling services to help teens and their parents navigate this uncharted territory of adolescence. Providing support for the issues identified below, as well as others, our therapists strive to give both parents and teens effective skills and strategies to form strong relationships, clear values and a sense of calm and control in a chaotic time.

Key issues we address with teens and families include:

• Depression • Anxiety
• Failing grades • Goal setting
• Sexuality and dating • Identity issues
• Self and body image issues • Values and beliefs
• Personal goals and directions • Communication skills (including appropriate assertiveness)

 

Coping With:

  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Illness
And improving relationships with:

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Step parents
  • School

 

Parents spent years helping kids grow and mature, then comes adolescence and one can begin to feel as if one has failed at the fundamental task of parenting. Teen therapy and counseling can help provide effective skills and strategies your teenager needs to take on their rightful responsibilities in their transition from childhood to adulthood.

  • Is your teenager no longer the child you raised?
  • Do you wonder what happened to him or her?
  • How can such a good kid suddenly have so many problems?
  • Why is my child so secretive, disrespectful, angry, and/or rebellious?
  • Is this normal?

The answer to these problems can come from a combination of normal adolescent development to stressors specific to the individual teen. The answers are unique and teen counseling can help the individual find their voice, assertively and respectfully.

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