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Adolescence is a time of constant change — physical, psychological, emotional, academic and social. Teenagers often feel stuck between wanting independence and still needing guidance. They struggle with such issues as identity, fitting in, communicating with adults, social media, bullying, peer pressure and relationships and exposure to alcohol and drugs. They often prefer to remain silent and hide their pain or confusion, pretending that they are okay because they don’t want to upset their parents or appear different from their peers. When teens experience emotions or engage in behaviors that interfere with their happiness and ability to thrive, they may benefit from meeting with a mental health therapist.
Parents worry when they see significant emotional or behavioral changes in their child. If you have an adolescent who is feeling misunderstood, depressed, anxious, withdrawn or alone, unsure about to how to express their wants and needs, or experiencing sudden changes in mood, we can help.
Our therapists understand the developmental challenges adolescents face.
We have expertise in helping teens navigate their way through depression and other emotional pain, anxiety, trouble communicating with parents or siblings, substance abuse, peer relationships, academic pressures and LGBT identity issues. Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive place to help teens discover who they are, express their feelings and help them better understand themselves and their place in the world.
Written by Joseph Herzberg