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Your Child Deserves to Be Happy!
Is your teen suffering from anxiety or depression?
Have they experienced bullying or teasing that has negatively impacted their self-esteem?
Has a “bad” sports experience left them feeling self-conscious?
We can help!
Could Your Teen Benefit From Counseling?
If you are even considering that your teen may be in need of some support, you are probably right! Being a teenager is angst-ridden in the best of times. Our high-performing, high-achieving culture has pushed many of our teens past the point of ‘normal’ teen moodiness and growth and led them down a path of teen depression, anxiety and unhealthy coping skills. As a parent, you may feel lost and unsure of how to help your struggling child. Let us help your child get the help they need so they can learn healthy coping skills, feel happier, achieve goals, do better in school, and improve relationships!
How Teen Counseling Can Help
When your teen reaches a point where they can’t handle social, school, or family stress, therapy can help them cope. Counseling at CARE can help teens articulate their feelings in a safe and non-judgmental setting. We help teens overcome stressful life events, so they can build confidence in themselves and grow to be healthy, resilient adults.
Signs Your Teen May Need Therapy
- Your teen becomes more secretive, and it seems like more than a desire for greater privacy.
- Your teen has extreme mood swings, from elation to depression or frustration and seems to sleep a lot more than usual at times.
- Your teenager’s grades have suddenly dropped and your child has lost interest in usual activities.
- Your child has suddenly changed his or her peer group and doesn’t seem to want you to meet these new friends.
- Your teen’s new friends have led to a distinct change in appearance (clothing, jewelry) and a change in attitude (more sullen, defiant, hostile).
- Your teenager has stolen money from your wallet on regular occasions.
- Your adolescent has regular, sudden outbursts of anger that are out of proportion to whatever has caused the anger.
- Your teenager regularly misses curfew, does not show up when expected, and lies about his or her whereabouts.
- Your teen wears long shirts and pants even in hot weather. (may be cutting or burning).
- Your teen seems “out of it” and you are concerned they’re vaping, Juuling or using drugs or alcohol.
- Your teen has expressed negative feelings and/or beliefs about themselves such as, “I am not good enough” or “I am fat”.
Ways EMDR Therapy Can Help My Teen
EMDR Therapy is Effective and Works Fast
Teenagers and their parents usually don’t want to commit to years of weekly therapy. Our average client only needs seven sessions of EMDR therapy!
EMDR Allows Healing to Take Place Without a Lot of Talking
Although all of our therapists use traditional talk therapy in sessions with teens, we also incorporate EMDR Therapy. EMDR helps by targeting stressful life events that have contributed to your teen’s distress. This therapy is different from traditional talk therapy because clients do not need to share their past in great detail to see the benefits. Teenagers who struggle to talk about their experiences often do well with EMDR therapy.
Eliminate the Need for Psychotropic Medications
Because EMDR therapy is super effective at treating most mental health issues, most clients will never require medication, and many can come off of their current medications.
Many teens struggling with mental health issues withdraw from family and friends and choose to spend more time alone. This behavior can be a direct result of feeling overwhelmed by the stressful events that have occurred and their feelings. Therapy can help them develop a safe connection to someone who can help them.
Be Successful at School
Teens who are struggling with anxiety and depression often find themselves lost in thoughts. This behavior makes it difficult to focus on school and complete assignments. Some may even struggle to even attend school on a regular basis. EMDR therapy is effective and efficient at helping to alleviate symptoms so teens can quickly regain their focus on school.
EMDR Creates Resiliency
Experiencing stress and trauma is a part of life. EMDR helps to process stressful and traumatic experiences so teens can handle new traumatic or negative experiences in a more resilient way. When teens have a chance to heal and grow from past traumatic and stressful experiences they are able to use what they have learned about themselves and not feel so overwhelmed or depleted to handle future life stressors.
Heal From Loss and Get Through Divorce
The loss of a loved one or friend can be difficult for teenagers to process. A parents’ divorce can also be a painful experience. Teens experience a variety of feelings when loss happens just like adults. Sometimes teens feel responsible or to blame for what has happened. Other times they feel helpless, angry, and confused. EMDR can help teens process loss and any negative beliefs that may have developed as a result.