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Many families make the decision to start teen therapy of one kind or another during their adolescence’s life. Sending your teenager to therapy does not necessarily mean that you have a “bad kid” or a juvenile delinquent!
It’s tough being a teenager in today’s society. The temptations and choices are vast and sometimes a kid needs help sorting through his feelings, his morals and his goals for his life with some kind of guidance from a professional therapist.
Adolescents who work with a therapist who specializes in working with teens have the advantage of knowing that there is a safe place for them to go and express their thoughts and feelings without being judged or ridiculed.
While it’s perfectly normal for a teenager to pull away from his parents, he or she still has need of adult guidance. During this time when your teen is challenging your judgment, your beliefs and your rules, you’ll find comfort knowing that a trained professional is helping your child wade through the maze of confusion that accompanies this time of life.
Placing your adolescent in the care of a professional for teen therapy does not excuse you from continuing to try to get through to your teen. Continue to show interest in his or her life, without coming across as “interrogating them”. Your kids want your approval and respect, no matter what age they are, and no matter what they act like!
What can your child expect in teen therapy? First of all, he or she can expect to be treated as the expert of his or her own life. Opinions can be expressed without judgment or criticism resulting. Teens working with a therapist will be able to better understand their problems (or perception of problems). If they’re struggling to figure out what they want out of life, teen therapy will be the place to sort it out.
With a better understanding of themselves, teens will be equipped to deal with the challenges that each one faces on an average day. Teen therapy is a win-win situation. Not only will your teen greatly benefit, but you’ll find that you are reaping the rewards as well!
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