"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source you will truly have defeated age."
Going through adolescents has been hard for many generations. There are so many changes within the body, mind, and hormones, that things can feel out of balance in a flash. Add on top of that the possibility of negative self-talk, Shame, settling into the mind of the teen and emotions can seem unmanageable. There are many other reasons a teen may need to receive help through counseling; bullying, abuse, anxiety, depressions, thoughts of self-harm or suicide, low self-esteem, or help finding a direction/purpose in life. Many of our counselors have specific training to help teens achieve greater heights, and overcome the limitations holding them back. As each teen learns new boundaries and new ways to communicate they will recognize new hope and possibilities in their future. Additionally, we will help the parents better understand their teens and set the boundaries necessary for healthy development and attachment.
In today's world of hyper-connectivity, via technology, teens face more challenges than previous generations. These challenges have changed how many teens develop, the risks they take or don't take, and how bullying happens. In Dr. Jean Twenge's book, iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood* *and What That Means for the Rest of Us, she outlines the dramatic changes in teen development since the introduction of technology. Her research goes back to the 1960's and highlights how many mental health issues in teens began to drastically increase around 2007-2009, and have continued to increase. While mental health in teens has changed over the years, the treatment and care for teens has evolved also to meet the current needs of our youth. There is hope at all ages in life and we are here to help you as parents and you as teens.