Teens and Parents
Are you and your teen having troubles?
Do you feel like you’ve lost the connection you used to have?
Are you fighting about whether your teen has an “attitude”?
Are you worried about your adolescent, but feel like he or she won’t let you in?
You are facing one of the hardest times for parents and adolescents alike. The teen years are filled with enormous physical and psychological changes. While teenagers’ brains are fully developed in many ways, some of their behavior is the result of brain processes that aren’t complete until they are in their mid-twenties.
The mystery behind why your teen may be acting like they are can leave parents frustrated, impatient, hurt, and afraid for their teens. Research shows, however, that this is a critical time to “be there” as a parent. Being able to connect with your teenager can help you successfully navigate all of the transitions during the teen years.
Here’s where we can help: Our therapists can offer experienced, caring guidance from an objective perspective. Both parents and teens need to feel respected and heard for us to help make a change in how you are relating. This is the starting place for beginning to address tense topics such as curfew, friends, cell phones, the internet, dating, drugs, alcohol, respect, staying in touch, and other common issues.
Many times, teens are resistant to counseling. Our therapists have many creative ways of engaging resistant teens (and parents) – this may even include new ways of conducting therapy sessions! Even though it may not seem like it, your teen wants your support, connection, and love.
DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Skills Groups
If you find that your teen really struggles with regulating their emotions, impulsiveness, serious behavior problems, difficulty coping and many other “rollercoaster” feelings, your teen may benefit from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills group.
You can view all teen DBT groups here or contact us today for more information.
We have offered the following groups and currently are on hold. Please call to get added to the waiting list:
Social Skills Group for Middle School Age
Parent DBT Skills Group
Check out the website positiveparenting.com. This website is a good resource for parents looking for articles, tips and books about parenting.