Why Teens Go to Therapy

Many teens are hesitant about seeing a therapist, often refusing help. It's important for parents to not overlook key signs that their child may need professional help. Here are 10 reasons why teens attend therapy, according to an article by verywell.com

1. Depression

Teens being to show mood disorders once they enter adolescence. It is important to treat mood disorders early on because if it's left untreated, teens can enter depression as adults. If your teen begins to show signs of irritation, sadness, or withdrawn, talk to your pediatrician for a recommended therapist. 

2. Anxiety Disorders

It's normal for everyone to worry every now and then. However, if your teen shows traits of intense anxiety, such as fear of being around others, therapy could be an outlet for them to express their emotions and overcome anxiety. 

3. Behavior Problems

Parents shouldn't overlook aggressive behavior, tardiness and suspensions from school, or other behavior issues. Most of the time these acts root from other problems the teen is having that they are not comfortable talking about. A therapist can help discover the underlying issue and resolve behavior problems with your teen. 

4. Substance Abuse Issues

Teenage smoking, drug, and alcohol abuse is a real social and family issue. A therapist can help you determine the best plan of action and  treatment for your teen. 

5. Stress

More and more teens are feeling stressed everyday. With the social pressure to do well in school and juggle multiple extracurricular activities, many teens are in need of stress management tips. Therapy can help a teen learn tips from a professional that will last them a lifetime. 

6. School-Related Issues

When it comes to school problems, many feels feel embarrassed to ask for help. Teens are shy to share stories of bullying, cliques, bad teachers and failing classes. A therapist can help them sort out their problems at school and give advice to resolve these problems. 

7. Legal Problems  

Sometimes teens get into legal trouble, from stealing to underage drinking and getting into physical altercations. Counseling or therapy can help a teen learn how to live a healthier lifestyle and avoid future legal issues. 

8. Low Self-Esteem

Some teens experience serious self-esteem issues. While everyone goes through bad body image days and low self-esteem every once in a while, it can become a serious problem if left untreated. If the problem is not addressed with a therapist, teens can get into more trouble, such as substance abuse and academic failure. 

9. Trauma

Traumatic events during teens years can last a lifetime in your teen's mind. It's important for teens to heal from trauma in order to increase their resilience and emotional health.  

10. Grief

Losing a loved one can be extremely difficult for teens. Therapy can help teens express their feelings and open us about their loss. 

If you are considering therapy for your teen, please do not hesitate to teach out to Brigitte Knight, Child and Family Therapist, or Leah Chalofsky, Psychotherapist. Brigitte Knight specializes in individual, group, or family therapy for children through adolescence for their families. She has experience treating ADHD, anxiety, attachment, depression, divorce and separation, educational difficulties, grief, immigration transitions, PTSF, parent-child relationship support and social skills. She can provide services in English or Spanish. Leah has experience working with clients on many issues, including reproductive and maternal health, depression, anxiety, recovery from trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse, and adolescent challenges. 

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