Many challenges and rewards come from counseling adolescents. Teenagers struggle with different issues than younger children and adults such as identity struggles, extreme peer pressure and fitting in. They often feel stuck between wanting independence and still needing guidance. Teens are more likely than adults to make decisions without considering the consequences and feel invincible. Counselors have to understand the developmental challenges of teens to provide effective counseling to them.
Many times, teens who struggle with mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety experience a lot of negative self-talk, which means that the thoughts they have about themselves are usually negative,
At the decision making point of their lives, youth are susceptible to drug addiction, sexual abuse, peer pressure, violent crimes and other illegal activities
The counseling relationship is very private and personal, and each child will respond differently. Some children may wish to talk to their parents about sessions, while others, especially teenagers, may wish to keep the content of the sessions to themselves. It is important to be guided by your child and to respect these individual differences. There may be times when your child seems more upset following a counseling session, and this may be because they have been talking about painful feelings. Showing sensitivity to their distress, while also respecting their right to privacy, is a difficult but important balance for parents to achieve.
Troubled children and adolescents often find themselves entangled within the juvenile justice system and most are in need of a range of mental health assessments. Unfortunately, the majority of our society immediately rushes to judgment, assuming acts of violence and aggression are not fueled by a psychiatric illness. While the majority of violent acts are not, some are and they occur in cases where a mental illness is severe or untreated.
A serious discussion on mental health, violence, and crime is continually needed among families, caregivers, and professionals. Adolescents are developing into adults and their brain is undergoing vast changes. The brain doesn’t fully develop until age 25. As a result, many teens engage in impulsive, immature, and sometimes murderous behaviors.
We really make a change in their negative thinking and sole purpose is to help your child manage their problems and try to resolve them in a positive way.