Teen Counseling in Merritt Island
The teen years are often filled with pressure from peers to fit in and from parents to achieve. This may be the same as what you remember when you were a teenager. However, things have also changed a lot since parents and grandparents were teens. There is more need for teen counseling now than ever.
Now a teenager’s world is online and they often lack the social skills needed to navigate the real world. In addition they are disconnected from others. Teens are trying to find themselves and differentiate themselves from their family while being bombarded with negative images on media.
At the same time they are experiencing hormonal changes that effect their emotional stability and moods and their prefrontal cortex. This means that the decision making part of the brain is still not fully developed. All of this combined can make them feel overwhelmed and out of control at times.
Teenagers often find maladaptive ways to cope with their stress such as
drug and alcohol use
breaking the rules or law
striving for perfection and over-achievement
and many find themselves overwhelmed with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Let’s face it, no matter how fair, caring, and supportive a parent is, in the eyes of their child they are still their parent and therefore they have a hard time hearing what they have to say. Counseling can help teens by providing them with a non-judgmental adult to talk things over with. I focus on teaching teens appropriate coping and life skills, helping them identify their goals and making a plan to reach them, and to see how they can change their thoughts and behaviors for better results.