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Teens & Young Adults

Growing up is hard to do! It's exciting, frustrating, and scary all at the same time.  There so much opportunity ahead, but also so much to learn, and the pressure and responsibility can be overwhelming.

We have therapists who love working with teens and young adults and enjoy helping them through this exciting and challenging time of life.  

Anxiety for kids of this age can become paralyzing with all the pressures they face in modern culture.  The overwhelm of information and social issues has given them challenges we could never have imagined in our childhoods.  

Well intentioned and loving parents are often at a loss of how to understand what their child's life is like or how to help. The kids feel like their parents just don't get it, and many times, they are probably right.  

Therapy can help.  Our therapists provide a judgement-free and supportive space to help them navigate all of this confusion, worry, overwhelm, and even the hopelessness they sometimes feel about their future, or even the state of the world.

Teens are gaining their independence in these years and have a higher need for privacy in counseling. Therefore there will be plenty of one on one time for the teens in the sessions, and parents will be included either in a family session, or a separate session, depending which is most beneficial for the family.  Parents will be kept aware of the treatment goals and progress, and any safety concerns that might need to be shared. 

Young adults (18 and over) make their own choice to include family or friends in their therapy if they would find it to be helpful.  This is a great time to seek therapy and support as they begin navigating the responsibilities of adulthood and the changes in friendships and relationships.

Identity distress in many areas of life is common in this time of life.  We support families during this journey of self discovery through education, reflection, and healthy communication.  We encourage safety, compassion, honesty, curiosity, connection and acceptance as you navigate these times together as a family.  

Parents are always welcome and encouraged to have their own sessions to learn how they can help support their child or improve their relationship. 

Issues we help teens and young adults with include::

  • Anxiety and depression symptoms
  • Suicidal thoughts and self harm
  • Social stress and anxiety
  • Body image and disordered eating
  • Building social skills and maturity
  • Social media and healthy boundaries
  • Academic stress and perfectionism
  • Performance anxiety and athletic pressures
  • Difficulty managing emotions
  • Low self esteem, lack of self worth
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • LGBTQIAP related issues
  • Understanding neurodivergence, building skills and honoring unique and gifted traits.
  • Family stress and conflict
  • Coping with divorce or other family changes
  • Risky behavior such as drug and alcohol use, unsafe sexual behavior, internet addiction etc.
  • Recovering from harm or trauma
  • Coping with decisions and/or outcomes of teen pregnancy
  • Transitioning into adulthood
  • First jobs, careers and financial stress
  • Changes or struggles with friendships and other relationships