“I hated high school. I don’t trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there’s something wrong with you.”
Stephen King

Do you have a child who could benefit from adolescent counseling? Is your teenage son’s defiance and rebellion getting old? Is your daughter’s sullen attitude becoming worse?

Many parents just throw their arms up in frustration when there is a teen in the house. It’s become an accepted phenomenon seen in sitcoms and movies:  the moody adolescent, usually up to no good, disrespecting adults, getting in trouble – and the exasperated parents, oblivious to their child’s need for acceptance and love, putting more pressure on them to “shape up or ship out.” Adolescence is often portrayed as just a time to endure until the child grows into adulthood.

Adolescent Counseling Can Help

Adolescents are also often told that everything they’re feeling is just because they are teenagers and that “it will pass.” Sadly though, what many discount as teen drama or “angst” is more serious. Teens go through enormous hormonal changes and can be subject to debilitating mood swings, depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental health challenges. Due to their fear of being “different” or “weird,” they often don’t express their mental discomfort. Downplaying a teenager’s pain never helps – and often exacerbates an already critical situation.

Hormones are not the only culprit here. The transition from child to adult is fraught with insecurities about peer acceptance, fitting in, and looking right. Layer that with the discomfort of separating from parents and becoming one’s own person. Now add the pressures of schoolwork and performing well. It’s a wonder any of us make it through!

“But my teen would NEVER go to counseling,” you exclaim. You’re doubt is understandable. Teenagers are moody, sullen, and grievously obstinate at times… but they are also becoming adults, and with that metamorphosis comes a desire for expression and a need to be heard. Enter an understanding, patient, insightful counselor who actually “gets it” and much of the pain of being a teenager can be allayed. Dr. Piper Walsh has years of experience dealing with all manner of teen counseling issues. Make an appointment with Dr. Walsh to discuss the benefits and positive outcomes of adolescent counseling.