Adolescence can be difficult for both teens and their parents. Children’s lives become significantly more challenging and complicated as they mature. Issues of increased academic pressure, negotiating social networks, dating, pressure to use drugs and/or alcohol can be difficult to navigate. Nearly all teens struggle with the pressure of social media, which can inflame tensions very quickly and cause great harm if used irresponsibly.
Parental stress can also increase when children reach adolescence. As their children age, parental roles shift, and parents can be caught unawares of the new demands. Issues of control and autonomy increase as teens’ freedom increases. Many parents worry about the availability of drugs, alcohol and sex as well as the possibility of unsafe driving and are unsure whether to become more flexible or more rigid in their limit setting. Counseling can help parents understanding their teen’s developmental needs, so they are better equipped to help their teens build good decision-making abilities as they negotiate an increasingly complicated world.
Common concerns of teens who benefit from counseling include:
- Worries about body image
- Difficulty managing friendships
- Academic problems
- Use of drugs and/or alcohol
- Feelings of alienation
- Difficulties managing sexual pressure
- Arguments about parental rules
- Worries about preparing for college or work
Counseling can help both teens and their parents learn to navigate the unique challenges inherent in this important, transitional period. Learning to successful manage the challenges inherent in adolescence can help teens launch from the home in a confident and effective manner. To start improving your teen’s path, please contact us to schedule an appointment.