It is worrisome to see your teen struggle. You hear them say things that you never thought would come out of their mouth.
Words that are full of anger, disappointment with themselves and worries that no teen should have.
It’s surprising to you that they can so easily become unglued when their big emotions hit. You watch helplessly as they break down over seemingly insignificant things.
If you’re being honest with yourself, you recognize that they do react more often. But you’ve been so busy just trying to cope with day-to-day life stress and parenting a teenager that you haven’t reached out for help.
You watch helplessly as they spend more time in their room. You’ve tried talking to them, but sometimes they become defensive or withdraw even more. You’re not sure what is going on with your teen and you know it is time to seek help.
You recognize that this seems to be more than teenage angst.
You’ve heard teens can have anxiety or depression, and you wonder if this is what is going on.
All you know for sure is that you are tired of walking on eggshells at your home. You’re hoping they can learn to cope with their feelings in a way that is less draining for both of you.
Maybe it seems like things have been this difficult forever, or perhaps teen or your family has been through a traumatic event or a difficult family change, like a divorce or a big move recently. Either way, we know how to help teens and their families learn to navigate this tough situation more effectively.
Therapy can help teens struggling mental health problems like anxiety, depression or low self-esteem can learn ways to cope better.
It is estimated that 15-25% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder before they turn 19 years of age.
Research that has been done in the area of youth mental health shows that getting help early on can make a big difference.
Positive mental health is linked with a higher likelihood of graduating school, positive social friendships, higher rates of self-assurance and increased resilience – skills that help people bounce back in hard times.
How do I know if my teen needs therapy help?
As their parent, you have an important role to play in noticing what is going on.
Here are a few things you can look for;
- Having bigger reactions or feelings that would be expected for a situation
- Strong feelings of anxiety or depression that happen more often and last longer you’d expect
- Seeming very unhappy, worried, guilty, fearful, irritable, sad, or angry
- Changes in school performance
- Being more negative about themselves
- Showing less interest in or withdrawing from sports, games or other activities that they normally enjoys
- Seeming quieter than usual, less energetic or wanting to be alone often
- Falling back to less mature behaviours
- Trouble getting along with friends and/or family
- Headaches, stomach aches, or general aches and pains that have no medical reasons
- Changes in sleeping or eating
Benefits of Involving Parents in Therapy for Teens
Learn to better understand and manage stress, low mood/symptoms of depression, anxiety, low-self-esteem
Resolve Current Problems
Equipped for Future Challenges
Be Able to Handle Difficult Situations
Therapists Who Offer This Service
Dr. Laura Connors
Lois Ells MSW, RSW
Clinical Social Worker
How Do I Get Started?
Use our awesome online booking system or send an email to schedule your free consultation call.