Common Teenage Issues
Common teenage issues may include:
Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD
Sexual health and pregnancy
Relationship issues with families, friends, and romantic partners
Building and maintaining self-esteem
Family problems such as divorce or violence in the home
Negative effects of Social Media
Trauma and Abuse (sexual, emotional, physical)
Balancing school, work and a social life
Therapy Santa Barbara’s Services
Luckily, you are not alone! Therapy Santa Barbara’s services for teens & adolescents include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Confront and change negative thought patterns that may be preventing teens from effectively solving their problems.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Learn to accept who you are and what you can’t control.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: Use past memories as a guide to confront present problems and plan for a happier and healthier future.
- Interpersonal Therapy: Learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships.
- Seeking Safety Treatment: Feel safe from any trauma or substance use that may have been experienced and grow from those experiences.
- Vocational-Educational Counseling: Use personal strengths to establish future goals that will fulfill your needs and desires
Benefits of Teenage Counseling
The thought of going to therapy often elicits some negative emotions from people and this is even more true of adolescents. It’s hard to talk about your problems and it’s even harder to solve them. However, therapy for teens is extremely beneficial in a myriad of ways:
Therapy provides adolescents with a trustworthy confidant who they can feel comfortable talking to.
- Therapy provides a healthy outlet through which teens can talk about their emotions and problems instead of bottling them up.
Therapy provides adolescents with an educated, trained professional who can guide them through their struggles and help lead them to solutions.
Therapy provides teens with a safe and supportive space free of judgment.
Talking to your Teen about Therapy
Teens often feel ashamed or guilty about what they are going through and those emotions may prevent them from seeking help. Having a conversation with your teen may help them realize that therapy could be very beneficial for them. The thought of having such a conversation may be overwhelming, but here are some tips:
- Express your unconditional love and support.
Let them know that they have nothing to be ashamed of.
Be honest—tell them why you think therapy would be helpful to them.
If you have been to therapy, share your experience with them.
Validate their feelings—if they don’t want to go to therapy, try to understand why.
Explain some of the benefits of therapy and how it will help them achieve what they desire.
Be calm but firm in your tone.
Compromise—your teen might be more likely to agree to attend 3 therapy sessions, and that’s a great start.
Emphasize that you don’t want them to go to therapy because you think something is “wrong” with them.
Establish boundaries—assure your teen that what they talk about with their therapist is private.