Helping tweens and teens sparkle + thrive
You’re worried about your child. Lately, everyday life seems to becoming more and more difficult. You wonder if they will ever be able to feel good about their friendships, their school work, or themselves.
No matter what you try, you can’t seem to reach your them or guide them to the person you know they can be. You know something needs to change, but it is hard to figure it out on your own.
You truly want the best for your child. You want them to feel comfortable in their own skin, to have confidence in themselves and the way they relate to other people. You want them to fit in, thrive in school, and feel empowered to shine.
Therapy for tweens and teens can help. Child and teen therapy can help your child navigate the tricky emotions and interactions with others that come with growing up, so that they can feel more confident about themselves and their place in the world.
Therapy for Tweens & Teens
Growing up is not always easy, especially in Fairfield County where the demands on children are greater than ever. Navigating academic pressures, peer relations and family life can be challenging.
Your tween or teen may benefit from therapy if they:
- feel anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed most days
- have lost interest in things they once enjoyed
- are more moody and irritable lately
- struggle with academic pressures
- have difficulty with peers and making friends
- are getting into arguments more often
- are turning to risky behaviors
- have asked to talk to someone about their problems
Therapy for children and teens is best for those who want to overcome the stresses and expectations that come with growing up. Often, children are faced with many of the same pressures as adults, but don’t have the skills to get through them on their own. For some, therapy may focus on new ways to express emotions or change behavior while for others therapy may be about learning new social skills or building self-esteem. When working with tweens and teens, I focus on healthy emotional, social and behavioral development.
Adolescence brings unique challenges for teens. Teens may struggle with academic difficulties, peer pressure, identity issues, family transitions or low self-esteem. Since getting adolescents to talk is not always easy, the focus of therapy begins with creating a place where teens can feel supported and genuinely express themselves so that we can work through whatever issues they bring to therapy.
Here’s what you can expect in tween & teen counseling
I will meet with at least one parent for the first session. This is a chance for you to get to know me and decide whether or not you think I will be a good match for your child, both in terms of personality and therapeutic style. We will discuss your concerns and goals for therapy. If we agree that I may be a good fit, we will set up a session for me to meet your tween or teen. If your teen has asked to meet with someone without giving you details, I will meet them individually without first meeting with you.
When working with tweens and teens, the most important work is to develop a trusting relationship with your child. This session is about letting your child get to know me and develop comfort with the therapy process. Your child will have the choice to meet with me individually or with one or both parents in the room during the first session. The initial goal is to ensure your child feels comfortable and respected in the therapeutic space.
Session 3 & Beyond
I will continue to create an emotionally safe space for your tween or teen to explore their issues. We will meet together weekly for 50-minute sessions. Typically, counseling continues for several weeks or months, but the duration of his/her time in therapy will depend on the complexity of your concerns.
Ready to take the next step?
Let’s connect with a free, 15-minute phone consultation. I’ll answer any questions you may have so you can decide if therapy with me is a good fit for your tween or teen.