Teen Counselling Victoria
To The Parents:
Being a teen is tough. If you google "teen mental health" or "therapy for teens" you'll probably find a list of reasons teens go to therapy. Such lists typically say...
Substance Abuse Issues
School & Social-Related Issues
While these are very common reasons for anyone of any age to seek therapy, there's something unique that comes along with being a teen (or tween really). They aren't big children, but they aren't small adults either. Not only are they struggling with the common stressors unique to this age group, but they're facing these issues in a way that no earlier generation ever had.
Technology and social media.
Remember when passing notes, and photographs (that took days, sometimes weeks to develop) was the only "proof" or "evidence" that something happened? Gone are the days of privacy. Now, imagine facing the "typical" teenage challenges such as struggling with independence, sexuality, academic pressures, peer pressure, and self-esteem on a stage, for the world to see and judge. And we haven't even mentioned how hormones and brain development impact mood and behaviour. Sometimes raising a teenager, or being one, can feel like a ticking time-bomb, or my favourite analogy...like a shaken soda bottle waiting to explode. And sometimes teenagers just need someone to talk to without judgement, pressure, or fear.
To any teenagers (or pre-teens) reading this:
To put it simply, life can suck sometimes.
I tell my clients all the time that middle school & high school aren’t easy in the age of social media & I honestly don’t know how you all do it! I won’t sit here & pretend to know what your life at school or at home is like. Only you know that. What I can do, is listen to you unconditionally. Without pretending to be another adult trying to be cool or telling you what to do or how to feel.
We offer a free 15-minute consult, which is an opportunity for you to come in, see the space, & discuss how we can best work together.