“Can I be myself here?” is a question I intuitively feel from the teens that enter my room. In my work, I offer a comfortable and safe space and meet them where they are. We explore together what makes them come alive, how to regulate through challenges, and how to discover their identity in a world where they may often perceive confusing messages. Often I see who teens who believe something is wrong with them - they identify as anxious, depressed, or insecure. As they uncover their authentic selves, learn to regulate, they uncover their identity and become inspired individuals!
Some of the techniques I use include
There are concerns about what it means to need help, and the stigma associated. But, a large percentage of teenagers need help with something during these important years.
The teen years present an entirely new set of goals and issues for development. During this time the adolescent brain is undergoing a transformation. There are changes and growth in structure and chemistry. This can lead to some difficult years which young people need support to navigate.
They are experiencing lots of intense changes:
The prefrontal cortex is responsible for:
The endocrine system is responsible for:
During this development, they can make impulsive decisions. These decisions can have negative affects on their relationships, safety and well-being. At the same time, their social and educational settings are expanding. The demands they find imposed on them can lead to stress and emotional reactions. These are some tough years to face
Therapy for adolescents can help to overcome these issues before they become patterns in their lives.
Between the ages of 16-25 is when many mental health issues begin to show. This can be a scary time, and could be made worse by drug and alcohol use
Therapy for adolescents can help to learn to regulate themselves and utilise healthy adaptive coping skills before unhealthy ones become patterns in their lives.