During adolescence, teens commonly begin to seek independence and place more
emphasis on their peer relationships. They have the difficult task of building
their own identity as they try to figure out who they are and where they fit in the world.
While teens are on their quest for independence and identity, they may make choices
about friends, their identity and schoolwork that create confusion and conflict
within your family.
Watching your child struggle, rebel or make poor decisions can cause you to
experience a great deal of anxiety, concern, frustration and fear.
You may also experience sadness when your teen starts pulling away, gravitating
towards friends instead of family.
During this time, many families notice that communication strategies and routines
that used to work for a child are no longer
effective. The challenges of adolescence can be further compounded if your
teen is also experiencing a mood disorder, behavioral problems, life stressors,
ADHD or a learning disability.
Through therapy, we can determine the root cause of your teens struggles. As a team, we will work to overcome difficult issues, establish trust, and enable your teen to gain autonomy.