It may be difficult for parents and other adults to remember, but the teenage years are tumultuous and challenging. Changes in hormones, transitioning into adult responsibilities, relationships, friendships, school, deciding what to do with your life, it all adds up to a lot of stress placed on adolescents during this formative time. While some teens roll with whatever comes their way, others find themselves struggling to navigate what their young lives throw at them. On this page, you can learn more about the ways that therapy helps teens, or you can reach out to the Benchmark Counseling team to learn more.
Top Reasons to Consider Therapy for Teens
There are many reasons to consider scheduling a therapy session for your teen, including:
- Managing mood disorders – depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders make the teen years more difficult. Therapy helps teens develop skills to manage these concerns.
- Curbing self-harming behaviors – self-harm is another poor coping mechanism that teens may use to feel a greater sense of control or ease emotional pain.
- Academic struggles – for some young people, academic difficulties stem from emotional, cognitive, and behavioral health conditions that can be improved through therapy.
- Poor self-esteem – many teens struggle with a lack of confidence. They have a tough time feeling good about who they are. Therapy helps teens stop comparing themselves to others and start feeling better about who they are.
- Poor body image – this is often interrelated with low self-esteem, but having a poor body image or experiencing body dysmorphia is significantly more common for adolescents. Therapy can help young people feel more comfortable in their bodies.
- Sexual and gender identity – teens may be exploring their sexuality or gender identities, and therapy provides them with a safe space to do so.
- Difficulty making friends – when teens struggle to make friends, they may feel isolated. In therapy, young people develop communication skills and develop other tools for forge lasting friendships.
- Handling family struggles – divorce, loss of a loved one, sibling rivalry, there are range of issues within the family that therapy helps teens deal with in healthy ways.
- Navigating transitions – there are many changes that take place in the lives of teens, and navigating all these transitions is stressful. Therapy helps teens develop the resilience to work through change more easily.
Get Started Working with Benchmark Counseling
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