Adolescents are going through A LOT! Tweens and teens are dealing with biological changes, which can be difficult for them to process or deal with. Sometimes they end up feeling anxious or depressed. There can be struggles at school or at home, both emotional and behavioral. If your tween or teen struggles with mood regulation, self-harm, or has issues with communication, we can help. We also have clinicians that specialize with LGBTQ+ youth, addiction, and coping skills.
Our therapy rooms are relaxed. There’s a whole room just for games and crafting. Our therapists help our adolescent clients to feel safe and secure so that they are able to open up and share their world. These spaces are for exploration and processing, not judgment, and our therapists often use humor and sass in session, which can help the clients feel more comfortable. This is hard work, but our therapists are there every step of the way. You aren’t alone and we are here to help.
We use an integrated therapeutic approach to meet the client’s goals, which helps adolescents to feel empowered around their treatment plan. Expressive Arts and Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Structural Therapy are some of the evidence-based treatment methods used at Relate Family Therapy.
CBT, which includes shifting thought distortions and finding new ways to provide reinforcement, is also incorporated into the work done at Relate Family Therapy and Counseling. With CBT, the therapist can work with the client and their family to form individual or family treatment goals. These goals are measurable and provide a good point of reference and source of empowerment for all involved in the process. This form of therapy can be valuable when working with schools and other professionals to help with case management and a systemic approach.
Teens and tweens still have access to games and puzzles to play, as well as sand to create and tell their stories. There are art supplies available, too. These modalities help them work through their experiences even when they can’t find the words. We at Relate help adolescents process their feelings, work on communication, and figure out effective ways to share with others who they are and who they want to be.