Are you struggling as a parent and want your kid back? Do you worry about your teenager’s safety and health? Your heart aches when you see them stuck and unable to thrive in their full potential. You don’t understand why your teen won’t talk to you. They appear distant and angry and you don’t know why. Every time you try to communicate with them it turns into a shouting match. They act like they don’t want anything to do with their parents. They no longer want to spend time with family, instead, prefer to spend hours isolated in their room. You find yourself feeling scared, and worried that you’re failing as a parent. Does this sound familiar?
We get it. Most parents feel like they don’t know what they’re doing during these teen years. You have probably researched, and read everything that will help you be a better parent, but still find that it’s not working.
Our therapists understand the pressures teenagers face at this stage of their life. They experience school stresses from getting good grades to being liked by peers, Combine all of this with online comparisons, pressure from social media, and the teen years can be a real challenge.
Symptoms of Teen Depression
- feeling sad, sulky, numb, hopeless, worthless
- having low self-esteem
- losing interest in things they used to enjoy
- isolation and avoiding spending time with friends
- feeling angry or irritable, even at minor things
- having trouble in school, declining grades
- having low or no energy
- changes in weight
- changes in sleep
Common Feelings in Teenagers who Self-Harm
- making critical self-judgments
- experiencing conflicts at home or at school
- having a hard time managing intense moods
- feeling empty or numb
- engaging in risky or destructive behaviors
- engaging in self-harm behaviors, such as cutting or burning skin
- having suicidal thoughts
Signs of Teen Anxiety
- experiencing feelings of anxiousness and constant worry
- having trouble sleeping, including frequent nightmares
- avoiding social situations out of fear
- frequent complaining of physical symptoms like stomach aches and/or headaches
- experiencing sudden or frequent panic attacks
- parents’ separation or divorce
- death or loss of a parent
- physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- serious accident or illness
How we can help you and your teenager:
Talk therapy, also called counseling or psychotherapy, can help your teenager understand and learn to manage their moods and feelings. There are many different types of talk therapy, and one that can be particularly helpful with teens is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Our therapists are trained in CBT and other modalities which can help teens identify and change their destructive and irrational thoughts. Our therapists will help your teenager and your family by teaching your teen how to build coping skills like self-awareness, which will help them change negative behavioral patterns.
Contact us today! At Zion Restoration Counseling Services we promise to give your teen a safe place and a voice to express their emotions and be a sounding board to explore their feelings and discover the underlying issues that lead to unhelpful/destructive behaviors. Our therapeutic approaches will help you teen gain insight and make better choices.