Teen Counseling

Teen Counseling Concerns

Teen Counseling is an appropriate approach for a wilde range of teens who are displaying self destructive habits. There is no “typical” teenager because adolescents express themselfes in such a veriety of behaviors. However, there is often one commmon theme that runs through the lives of our teenagers: difficulty coping with lifes challenges in a healthy and productive manner.

Utilizing an individualized and strenghts-based approach, Whittaker Family Services effectively addresses a wide diversity of issues teenagers are often dealing with self-esteem, anger, defiance, anxiety, substance abuse and depression.

Family Therapy is essential when treating adolescents with behavioral or emotional problems. Improving communication between family membersa and helping both the parents and the teen understand how conflicts can be resolved through improved communication often result in significant improvements in the family relationship. One of the obstacles that can cause parents to delay in getting help for their struggling adolescent is their confusion about the answer to these questions. What truly defines a troubled teen? AND When does a parent really need to seek intervention?

Many parents find themselfes comparing their child to other children. Parents often oscillate between. ” My child is not as bad as their kid!” and ” Why can´t my teen act like that so-and-so´s child?” For more information please click the following link: http://www.kidshealth.org

Signs of a Troubled Teen

If your teen displays any of these behaviors, then family counseling may be an appropriate next step for your teen and family members. Please read our Family Counseling information to learn more about family systems theory. Our Therapists are special trained in Teen Counseling. You can join our Service in Carrollwood and Tampa, Fl. We also offer our service field based in your house.

The following are some troubled teen warning signs and risk factors that indicate you may have a troubled youth in need of some extra help:

Teens are going to be moody—their bodies and hormones are changing and this is natural. But extreme fits of anger, long bouts of sadness, seeming hatred towards family members and a consistently disrespectful attitude are perhaps warning signs that something deeper is going on. Pay attention to your teen’s mood swings to try to determine what some of their “triggers” are. If the extreme moods continue for months in the absence of logical triggers, it may be time to explore the possibility of a mental health disorder or more complex behavioral problem.

Is your unemployed or minimum wage-earning teen showing up at home with expensive jewelry, new gadgets or fancy clothes you’ve never seen? Unexplained money, coupled with a withdrawn and defiant teen, can often be the sign of a more serious issue like drug dealing or stealing. Teens living this lifestyle may also seem to lose money or valuables very quickly, as they trade it for drugs or are in unsafe situations where they have things stolen.

When your child enters middle school and high school they will inevitably meet new friends. This is good. But is your teen changing their behavior, appearance, or values to fit in with a new group of friends? This could be a sign of unhealthy or dangerous friendships, especially if the group your child is trying to fit in with seems to have questionable values.

Are there signs that your teen is cutting, burning or in any way mutilating themselves physically? If so, get help now. This is a common precursor of violent or suicidal behavior. This is not a warning sign that should be taken lightly!

Lying once to go to a party is one thing, but consistently lying about where they have been and who they have been with may be a sign that your teen is headed down a dangerous path. Clearly there is a reason they don’t want you as the parent to know where they’ve been. When you catch them in a lie, try to get to the bottom of what they were trying to hide.

This is a big one. All teens will make mistakes—some small, some big. But how do they react when they are caught? A teen that shows no remorse or guilt for their mistakes has crossed a dangerous line. If your teen is blatantly defying the rules you have laid out and doesn’t seem to care if they get caught, these are serious warning signs. It is definitely time to seek help.

Following are some factors that may put your teen at risk for the dangerous behaviors outlined above:

Victims of abuse often have low self-esteem and self-worth, making them more susceptible to troubled behavior in their teen and adult years.

It is not uncommon for a violent child to grow into a violent teen. If your child has a history of aggression or anger, watch them closely to see how they handle themselves in stressful situations as they grow older.

Divorce, financial problems or violence in the home are all factors that put a teen at risk for rebellious or “troubled” behavior.

Use of drugs and alcohol heighten the risk of every behavior listed above. Even if your teen is “just experimenting,” it’s best to treat these as serious warning signs and be vigilant in working to curb these activities.

Sexual abuse between siblings is often about power and control. A teen who is verbally or physically abusive to younger siblings, may be more likely engage in sexual abuse as well. Address any type of abuse and bullying between siblings immediately.

Too many teens engage in sex when they are just too young to understand the consequences. Consequently, many teens forget to use protection, and they may contract STDs or become pregnant as a result of their actions.

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How is Teen Counseling different?

Parents of a teenager often have a terrible time coping with the unruly and disturbed individual. The changes in the body and the mind often make an adolescent unsure about life and suspicious of everyone else. Peer pressure also has a huge role in shaping the behavior of a teenager and getting into the company of unsuitable individuals at this stage leads to all kinds of behavioral problems that can turn into serious psychological problems in the long run. Teen Counseling is your best way to avoid these serious problems.

The Teen Counseling Process

A counselor may decide to go in for individual, family or group therapy depending on the problems that the adolescent is facing. A combination of both individual and group therapy is usually recommended for most teens. The family members especially the parents are almost always included in select sessions so that the parents get an insight into the psyche of their teenage son / daughter. Knowing and liking the counselor is important too. While most teenagers take some time to open up, a few may not like their counselors at all. It is advisable to try a different counselor in order to solve the problem effectively. Ask us about the Teen Counseling Process.

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