Seeking counselling for your teenager? At CFHP we are experienced in working with teenagers of all ages on a range of issues and can assist you and your family with whatever challenges you may be facing.
Counselling for adolescents requires a different approach than counselling for adults. Teen psychology and counselling can often involve counselling families or parents too – and indeed, the involvement from family can be a crucial requirement.
Sometimes we find that educating parents and adapting the parenting style can take precedence over changing a teen’s behaviour, and at other times it is more effective to work directly with the teenager.
Adolescents counselling is completed on a case by case basis, with each family having different requirements.
Treating teens and recognising difficulties
Teenagers can show varying symptoms and red flags that may warrant a visit to a psychologist. As teens react to life stressors differently to adults, it’s important to know what signs of emotional distress to look for.
Defiant behaviour, aggressive behaviour and destructive behaviour can often indicate emotional distress in teens. If your son or daughter is overly anxious, has problems with attention or has any specific learning difficulties or memory problems, then we are also warned of possible emotional issues.
Teenagers can also experience depressive symptoms such as lack of motivation, irritability and tearfulness, self-harm, and poor academic performance to name a few.
Identifying emotional and behavioural issues as early on as possible is essential in providing effective treatment and preventing more serious issues later in life. Our trained and qualified therapists will identify the most appropriate therapy and treatment style for your teen and will treat them with dignity and respect, always.
How do we approach adolescent psychology?
The first step in treating emotional and behavioural issues in teens is to conduct a thorough assessment of presenting issues. This includes:
- A series of tests designed to test cognitive, emotional and social functioning and allows the psychologist to gain a clear understanding of the difficulties that they are facing.
- In cases where cognitive difficulties are identified, the therapist may refer the teen to a remedial programme or recommend alternative therapy such as occupational therapy and speech therapy.
- When emotional issues are identified, the therapist is likely to suggest family therapy to help them cope with the problems that are causing emotional distress.
What is likely to happen following counselling with our Brisbane teen psychologist?
Therapy is a great way to help teens and families resolve particular difficult dynamics and issues. They learn how to communicate better and are taught ways to handle future conflict and difficulties too.