I work with teen girls as young as 12 years old. Typically the last thing teens want is to see a therapist and can get impatient if they have to see a few therapists before finding the “right one”. It’s extremely important to find a therapist who has experience working with teens and understand their language.
When bringing up the topic of therapy with your teen, it’s important to do it in a kind and non-accusation way. Avoid lecturing or making them feel like there is something wrong with them. Instead, let her know that you care about her and you want her to feel safe, happy and healthy. Therapy is not to “fix” your child, but it’s a way for her to process some of her feelings and manage her stress in a safe and supportive environment.
It is essential for your teen to be involved in picking her therapist. It’s hard enough for her to meet someone new, including her in the decision process can be very empowering. You can let your teen look at the below section of this page to see if she has a “good vibe” about me, then let her decide for herself. If you she doesn’t like any of the therapist she read about, ask her which one she “least dislike” and encourage her to start with that therapist. Sometimes anxiety may get in the way of wanting to see a therapist, but we want your teen to have a voice in her therapeutic process.
There are a lot going on in your life, the stress of school, friends, parents issues, fall in love, and bullying. Maybe you feel like nothing you do is good enough no matter how hard you try. Maybe you feel like you are always behind with school work and catching up is too hard. Maybe you are super shy and it’s hard to make friends. Maybe your parents are not being nice to each other anymore. Maybe something you didn’t like happened to you and you don’t know what to do. Maybe those sad and nervous feelings come out of nowhere and it’s hard to handle.
Let’s talk about it
Sometimes talking to an adult you can trust can be really helpful. A therapist can be that adult.
Whatever is bothering you, you and I can work through it.
- Feeling sad
- Feeling worried or anxious
- Shy/making friends
- Being Bullied/Feeling Rejected
- Parents Divorce
- Balancing school work
- Boyfriend/Girlfriend issues
- Body Image
- Unable to sleep/nightmares
So what is a therapist?
If you know what a school counselor does, then you know what a “therapists” do. Like a school counselor, therapists like me talk to kids about their problems and how to deal with them. I can give advice about school, college, career, bullying, friendships, boyfriend/girlfriend problems, and more. School counselors are great but it’s hard to catch up with school work when you have to miss classes to see the school counselor regularly.
I want you to feel comfortable
I am here to help and I promise I will not judge you. I listen to you, not just the words you say, but truly understand what you are going through.
Don’t feel like talking?
That’s ok too. Sometimes it’s hard to express our emotions. I have worked with many teens in creative ways such as arts, poetry and music. The best about using creativity is that we don’t need to be perfect in it, and it can changed based on what we feel at the moment.
It’s on your terms
When you come and talk to me, everything stays private. It’s called “confidentiality”, it means I won’t tell
anyone, unless it’s ok with you. I can explain more about that when you come in.
But you won’t know until you talk to me. Reach out to us today!