Are You A Teen Who Is Feeling Overwhelmed With Life?
Do you ever find yourself consumed by feelings of worry or sadness? Would you often describe yourself as stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts, constantly overthinking everything you say and do? Have you experienced other symptoms such as:
Changes in your eating, sleeping, or hygiene habits?
Difficulty concentrating or lowered performance in school?
Reduced interest in spending time with family or friends?
Maybe your struggles have also manifested as physical symptoms, like fatigue, stomachaches, or even panic attacks. Or maybe these issues have impacted you the most socially, leaving you feeling increasingly misunderstood and isolated from others.
Navigating These Symptoms On Your Own Can Be Difficult
You may have noticed abrupt emotional changes in yourself, such as increased irritability or anger, that you cannot explain. Perhaps you are experiencing peer pressure or bullying at school that has left you feeling sad or anxious about being accepted. Or maybe you have been struggling with body image issues or other forms of insecurity.
Perhaps you’re increasingly engaging in harmful behaviors like drug or alcohol use and you are looking to find a healthier way to cope with your emotions. You may have even experienced thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
The good news, however, is that you are not alone, and help and support are available for teens just like you. Teen therapy with Center for Resiliency can help you alleviate your symptoms in the short term and move forward in life as the best version of yourself.
Most Teens Experience Anxiety Or Depression At Some Point
It can be easy for adults to idealize adolescence as a simpler, easier stage of life, but the fact is that being a teen can be every bit as challenging as adulthood, and in some cases, even more so. On top of this, statistics show that mental health for teens has been declining for a while. In fact, between 2016 and 2019, a 27 percent increase in anxiety and a 24 percent increase in depression in teens was observed (1). Even more alarming is the fact that suicide stands as the fourth-leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds worldwide, which speaks volumes about how much pain and suffering young people experience (2).
Various Stressors Can Overwhelm Teens’ Coping Mechanisms
Teens in our culture are under a lot of constant pressure to excel and succeed—and not just academically but socially as well. When coupled with other challenges, such as family conflict, financial hardship, or simply the normal process of developing their own identity while forming peer attachments, these stressors can easily overwhelm their ability to cope.
This is where teen counseling comes into play. Rest assured: we get it. And we are here to help you work through your struggles in a safe and supportive space. Teenage therapy with Center For Resiliency can help you build the skills needed to better manage your thoughts and emotions while feeling more at peace with yourself and others.
Teen Therapy Can Help You Be Happier And More Confident
Unfortunately, the problems that teens like you face often get trivialized as “teenage stuff” or “just a phase,” despite the fact that you face many of the same challenges that adults do. They have trouble seeing or remembering that teens have rich inner lives with complex problems, and sometimes they need help too—just like their older counterparts.
Teen counseling can give you a space to share anything and everything stressful in your life without the fear of judgment or your problems being minimized or dismissed. Our therapists are relatable and knowledgeable about not only evidence-based treatments but also pop culture, social media, and other stuff that you might be into.
What You Can Expect From Teen Therapy Sessions
Before you begin therapy, your teen counselor will gather information about your history and your symptoms. First, we will work to identify the root issue of your struggles. We will also focus on helping you understand what your core beliefs are, identify whether they are helpful, and learn how to change them if necessary.
During your actual sessions, we will show you how anxiety and depression can affect your mind and your body while teaching you skills to help you reduce these symptoms. The ultimate goal of teen counseling is to help you better understand and handle your own emotions in a confident and satisfying way.
Approaches To Fit Your Situation And Needs
Your teen therapist will have several treatment approaches to lean on, such as:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT teaches teens how to identify and make changes to dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – Similar to CBT, DBT helps teens develop skills to cope with particularly difficult thoughts or emotions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR uses bilateral eye stimulation to help reprocess negative or traumatic memories.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – ACT helps teens move through difficult emotions by learning how to accept those feelings without judging them.
Somatic Therapy – Somatic therapy aims to release psychological and emotional pain stored in the body.
Through a combination of these modalities, we will help you alleviate your current symptoms while teaching you how to manage these issues in the time ahead. Our approach is always empathetic, compassionate, and individualized to each person that we work with.
Your Center For Resiliency teen therapist will be your teammate to help you get over the hump and into a better state of mind moving forward. We understand what you are going through and we are here to help you be your best self and live your best life.
You May Have Some Concerns About Teen Therapy, Though…
What if I do not want to talk about my feelings?
No worries! We understand that feeling like you are being interrogated about your emotions can be off-putting. Besides, there are multiple ways that we can get to know each other and help you feel better without having to directly talk about your feelings.
I did not connect well with my last therapist.
Therapy is equal parts science and art. The science is the evidence-based treatments that are used, and your teen therapist must be an expert in these treatments! But what is equally important is your therapist as a person—and herein lies the art. This is why we will pair you with the therapist who will be the best match in terms of both personality and relatability.
If I go to therapy, that just proves there is something wrong with me.
This is such a commonly held belief, and we are glad you mentioned it! There is often this general assumption, however incorrect, that people go to therapy to “get their lives together.” Actually, though, going to teen counseling simply means that you are capable of making a brave, smart, and strong decision to take care of yourself and your mental well-being.
You Can Break Free From Your Struggles And Thrive
If you are a teen looking for help dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions, therapy with Center For Resiliency can help you feel happier, healthier, and more confident about both yourself and your future.
Please call us at 201-661-3375 or utilize our contact page to set up a complimentary, 15-minute consultation session to begin your healing journey.
Center for Resiliency is an out-of-network provider and does not bill health insurance directly. We will provide you with a statement after each session, which can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement as per your out-of-network health insurance benefits.