Psychotherapy for Teens
Adolescence is the period of developmental transition between childhood and adulthood, involving multiple physical, intellectual, personality, and social developmental changes. The onset of puberty signals the beginning of adolescence and it ends when an adult identity and behaviors are developed, corresponding roughly with the period between the ages of 10 and 19 years. However, the end of this developmental period is tied more to social and emotional factors and can be somewhat ambiguous.
As adolescents are developing socially and emotionally, the most important task is the search for identity. This process is often a lifelong journey and with this search comes the struggle for independence. As adolescents grow, they are constantly in the process of developing the social skills and emotional intelligence necessary to lead healthy, happy lives. Like any other stage this developmental phase presents specific challenges for teens that they need to work through as normal parts of growing up. When teens experience emotions or engage in behaviors that interfere with their happiness and ability to thrive, they may benefit from therapy, as it can provide a safe space in which to address their thoughts, feelings, and emotional experiences. Issues of independence, identity, sexuality, and relationships define this developmental stage. Mental health problems, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, among others, may develop or first become apparent during adolescence. I work with teens in a problem focused manner, and the duration of the therapy will vary dependent on each teenager's unique needs. I work one-on-one with teenagers, with additional family and/or parent sessions when indicated.