Adolescence is a rough time for any teen.
With the addition of depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity issues, or other stressors, it can be a nightmare. Counseling offers teenagers an outlet to address these concerns in a safe, healthy environment. They are able to learn adaptive coping strategies and help avoid those negative coping tendencies, such as underage drinking, drug experimentation, deviant behaviors, and withdrawal.
Through effective counseling, teens are able to talk openly about the struggles of adjusting to new independence, expectations, and planning for the future. Psycho-education is also provided to teens to help them understand the full picture of underage drug/alcohol use, impulsive behaviors, healthy behaviors in relationships, online safety with social media, sexual health, and other relevant topics that affect today’s teens.
In the first session, teenagers over fourteen years of age will be able to make a choice whether parents are involved with the session. Teens under the age of fourteen can still have parents in the room for the initial intake. The counselor will review the counselor’s role, client rights, confidentiality, and duty to warn obligations in the first session with the client and parent. The client and parent will be given the opportunity to discuss current issues, goals for counseling, and create a treatment plan.