Teen Therapy: Therapist in Barrie
Facing the Challenges
Perhaps the only thing more difficult than being a teenager is parenting one.
Parents must question their own ideas related to granting reasonable levels of independence, displaying “attitude”, selecting effective discipline strategies and choosing battles wisely. Because each parent/adolescent journey is unique there is no way to smooth all the creases or anticipate all the challenges beforehand.
There are aspects of the journey that appear to be universal.
- School Difficulties
- Parent-teen Conflict
- Mood Issues (depression)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Sexual issues
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Sexual Experimentation or Promiscuity
- Eating Disorders
- Self Mutilation
- Drinking and Driving
- Computer addiction or risky use
- Lying or Sneaking out-of-the-house
- Withdrawing and Poor Self-Esteem
Working Together Delivers Real Results
One of the few guarantees that a parent can anticipate with their child during the adolescent phase is ongoing change and inconsistency. Just when you think you’ve finally discovered an approach that ensures the success of all future interactions your teen throws a curve ball.
They arrive at the next issue/situation with a totally different set of ideas, views, expectations and attitudes. This occurs in part due to the emergence of your child’s own personality and identity as a separate and unique individual.
A major task all of us face in adolescence is for each of us to become their ‘own person’. This is the time when we learn to make choices and commitments, follow through with them and stand up independently in the world. However, as with any new skill development, many are apt to swing back and forth like a pendulum between extremes of dependence and independence.
Many teens are not prepared to share their issues in therapy with a parent present due to past patterns of conflict and feeling misunderstood. In fact it may be prudent for the parent to attend their own therapeutic process to learn better strategies of confronting issues and supporting their teen through their trek into adulthood.
As your therapist my objective is to be a positive and supportive guide who reaches out to the teen by finding them in their world.
The therapeutic relationship is unique to each individual. It involves reaching them at their level in a supportive and empathetic way. This is the formula for the therapy offered within my practice. I have a flair for identifying with and engaging even the most troubled individuals – especially teens.
Dealing with Real Issues
The evolution from adolescents to adulthood is difficult and teens are often disturbed and confused by their transformation. The parent/teen relationship is easily strained by issues adolescents face, and feel. Often this is compounded by their need to distance themselves from their parents, emotionally and physically. The therapeutic relationship can be useful for teens and their parents to negotiate the myriad of changes while learning to stay connected to each other as they negotiate new patterns of relating through the turmoil of moving towards greater independence
I work with middle adolescents (11-17) and late adolescents (18-21).
The adolescent phase of development is considered the most challenging part of a child’s growth for both parents and therapists. It involves learning new and often unfamiliar ways of navigating, adapting and coping with the ongoing push and pull between dependence and independence.