Teen Therapy Can Address A Whole Host Of Topics: Read More On Our Teen Therapy Pages
Working with teens in our Downtown therapy practice, we often see how teens’ experiences and feelings can be brushed off as merely a part of moody and angst-ridden adolescence by parents and other adults. As not only therapists treating teens, but also adults in these teens’ lives, we know that there is a danger in dismissing teens. In our therapy with teens, we frequently assert that we speak teen, as well as parent, and treating teens often involves both. We step in as an adult in a teen’s life that isn’t their parent in order to get close, make sure they’re safe, build a creative and collaborative relationship and positively influence them in this transitional period. And we help parents do this too.
In order to expand on just how we approach therapy with teens, we recently devoted time and energy to writing fifteen teen therapy-specific pages, which are all linked on our Therapy for Teens page. Beginning with “Depression Can Hit Teens Hard: Therapy Helps,” which highlights the ways depression with teens can often be brushed off as adolescent malaise and how the recipe for helping teens can be as simple as good therapy, we highlighted how we approach teens and anxiety, cutting and self-harm, fighting with family, anger, and grief. We also dedicated pages to therapy for teens with Asperger’s, therapy for adopted teens and therapy for transgender teens and teens exploring gender identity. In addition, we explored how therapy helps teens navigate sex, dating, sexual identity and same-sex attraction, making friends and other social issues, and drug and alcohol use. We also gave special attention to art therapy and music therapy with teens, which can be particularly useful in engaging teens in treatment.