Adolescence is one of the most challenging life phases, where teenager and parents alike need to come to terms with the emotional, mental, and physical changes that are taking place at what seems to be a rapid rate.
One of the most significant changes that needs to be established is boundaries, where the ideal is to create a safe space for your teenager to develop their own personalities and discover their new identities, but still respect the rules of the family. Trust needs to be redefined, where negotiations become a constant during this period. Adolescence can be difficult to navigate, with increasing peer pressure, substance abuse, and sexuality presenting some of the challenges that our teenagers face. Social media cannot be ignored, and parents need to be mindful that a great deal has changed since they were teenagers, and these changes need to be taken into account without the parents feeling like their values are being underscored.
The sessions are focused on the experience of the adolescent as it relates to themselves and their inner experiences, as well as how they relate to their outside world and environment, which includes friends, parents, siblings, extended family, and teachers, to name but a few. Their emotions are delved into, which may include feelings of depression, anxiety, rejection, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. Conflict resolution and the development of healthy boundaries are often discussed, where they receive guidance on how to be assertive without creating unnecessary conflict. Therapy provides them with a safe space to explore themselves and work toward who they want to be, which may consist of how to be accepted without compromising on their own inner set of values, morals, and beliefs.