Teens

For Their Well-Being

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 48% of adolescents between the ages of 13 - 18 will struggle with a mental health issue.

Given the challenges and pressures facing teens today, we recognize the importance of providing effective and timely psychotherapy/counselling and assessment services for our this age group.

Psychotherapy

and Counselling

With adolescents, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is typically used, as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques for teens struggling with emotion regulation. CBT helps to identify and correct negative and inaccurate thinking patterns and unhelpful behaviours, which in turn helps to improve emotions.

With therapy for teens, strong emphasis is placed on helping develop skills and strategies that teens can use to manage whatever issue they are facing.

Important emphasis is also placed on developing rapport and a strong therapeutic alliance with our teen clients; it is essential that they feel comfortable and confident with their therapist in order to fully engage in the therapy process.

It is also very important that teens understand that psychotherapy is a collaborative process, as opposed to an adult telling them what to do.

Although teens are encouraged to involve their parents in the therapeutic process, we are also respectful when they wish to keep their information private. Generally speaking, we find that most teens want their parents involved in the first session to provide background information and to help explain their presenting issue(s). Similarly, most teens are agreeable to having their therapist provide brief updates to parents regarding their therapeutic progress.

The most common issues we see teens for include:
  • Social anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety and Worry
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues