Navigating the complex teenage years can be a challenge for your teen (not to mention you!). Social pressures, academic struggles, and social media can create a recipe for confusion, anxiety and even depression. Even though their world seems more connected, most teens are missing out on the important face to face interactions and a sense of belonging. Teen counseling can be incredibly helpful during these years for many reasons, but here are a few benefits you may not already know.
Benefits of Teen Counseling with a teen therapist:
1. Develop a trusting relationship with a teen therapist who can provide guidance and mentoring
Many teens are reluctant to talk to their parents about private issues. Teen counseling provides them with the opportunity to develop a relationship with a responsible adult. A teen therapist will carefully listen to their concerns and provide mentoring and guidance. Whether your teen has questions about relationships, peer pressure, depression or trauma, a skilled therapist will provide a warm, safe space for your teen to openly address their concerns.
2. Develop better problem-solving skills
Teen counseling allows a safe place for teens to talk about problems, yes. But did you know that teen counseling can boost your teen’s problem-solving skills? Most people (teens included) already have important skills to solve their own problems but may not know how to put all the pieces together. Through the process of therapy, teens can gain a better understanding of their own values and what is important to them. Teen counselors will encourage your teen to brainstorm solutions and provide guidance if needed. They will learn how to weigh the positive and negative consequences associated with the daily choices they face. Once they have a better understanding of the problem, teens may feel more empowered to make healthy choices that align with their values. Then, the counseling gives them an opportunity to think about whether their decision had the outcome they desired or not.
3. Develop better stress management
Being a teen is stressful, but many teens only have a limited understanding of how they can manage their stress. Teen counseling gives them a valuable resource to learn new tools and strategies for managing daily stressors. Through the process of counseling, they can develop a robust “toolbox” of activities to use to meet these demands. In counseling, we use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Both approaches are effective for treating anxiety and depression, and they are useful approaches to help your teen manage stress.
Begin Teen Counseling in the Atlanta Area
Don’t wait any longer if you think your teen needs help. Our caring counselors can help them move forward and deal more effectively with stress. Our therapists will provide a warm, safe space for your child to grow. If you think your teen could benefit from teen counseling, please follow the following steps to see a teen therapist in the Atlanta Area:
- Contact our counseling office
- Meet with one of our teen therapists
- Give your teen the skills they need to thrive!
Other Services Offered by Wellview Counseling
In addition to providing teen counseling, Our Atlanta area counseling clinic also offers play therapy, child counseling individual counseling, therapy for postpartum anxiety and depression, trauma and PTSD treatment, chronic illness counseling, family therapy, and positive discipline parent education opportunities. If you cannot visit our Atlanta area counseling clinic, we encourage you to consider online therapy with one of our skilled therapists. Contact our mental health clinic to learn more about the many ways we can help you or your teen.
Ashley Bobo, LCSW