Adolescence is a transitional time. Teenagers are at a period in their life where they are experiencing developmental changes socially, physically, and emotionally. These changes alter the way they perceive themselves and the world around them. At this pivotal point in life it is important for them to have a safe place to explore their thoughts and feelings. Adolescent therapy is beneficial for teenagers as they enter the phase of life where they are beginning to develop values and beliefs that make up their core being as they prepare for adulthood. Having a safe place where they can come and express themselves without fear of reprimand or judgement can be the place where they discover their true self.
• Adolescent therapy is tailored to the individual. It can consist of traditional talk therapy in addition to active therapy, which incorporates therapeutic activities into the session.
• It is important for parents of adolescents to understand the complexity of the developmental stage their teen is in. Parent consultations with a therapist are incorporated throughout the duration of the therapeutic process to allow skill building, such as parenting techniques, that can be beneficial to use at home.