The delicate time between 12-19 can sometimes prove to be more than parents are able to manage. The vast majority of issues that our teens face is the same as their parents did, however our evolved world amplifies the magnitude of what they are experiencing. Sometimes mood changes are brief based upon what is happening in their life at the moment and other times there may be an underlying problem. "About 1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20 percent of our population but yet only about 4 percent of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health." http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/
Among our surrounding cities we have found that most teen issues are gender specific however they all seem to have similar underlying themes:
As parents and guardians, it is important to trust your gut instinct when it comes to your teen. If you feel that something is wrong, it probably is. You may not know what is bothering your teen and some may be reluctant to speak directly to you. This is where it may be more helpful to have a therapist intervene on your behalf to help your teen move through their issues rather than getting stuck.
Find a therapist that also aligns with your family morals, values and belief systems. You are trusting this therapist to help you teen move through their issues without changing the family’s perspective. Call and speak to a therapist giving them an idea of what you are looking for regarding teen counseling.
The bond between therapist a teen client needs to carry some level of trust for influence of change. If you teen feels that you are seeking all details about counseling sessions they will be more reluctant to be open and honest. Lastly, once your teen has established a trusting relationship and comfort with working with a therapist don’t not use this as a bargaining chip for behavior changes at home.