Today’s teenagers are under a great deal of stress and are often silenced by their many social and family pressures. Providing teens with the opportunity to take part in their own counseling allows them to further develop skills which promote independence. Counseling for adolescents and teens can help teens improve their overall functioning at home, school, within the family, and with peers/social environment.
Common reasons adolescents/teens go to counseling:
- Parents experience teen as being increasingly oppositional and defiant
- Chemical dependency
- School failure – drop in grades
- Struggles with peer relationships
- Gender role and sexual identity questioning
- Self-harm behaviors
- Increased sadness
- Stress management
- Social skills
- Lack of meaningful relationships
- Teen pregnancy
- Medical/physical illness
- Parent separation & divorce
Common Questions from Teens
Why would I see a counselor?
- To talk about things (friends, relationships, parents, school, etc.) that are bothering you.
- To get a (non-related) adult’s perspective on your situation.
- To work through a problem that you don’t want to talk with parents or friends about.
- To work through a problem that seems to never go away.
- To better understand yourself.
What will happen when I go in to meet with the counselor for the first time?
- Your counselor will answer questions you might have about the counselor’s background, education, views as a counselor, etc.
- Your counselor will ask you a few questions about what brings you to counseling.
- Your counselor will give you feedback about the few things you shared.
- You will go home.
What will happen during my intake session (usually the 2nd session) with a counselor?
- You (and your parents) will complete the intake paperwork before the session. You will bring this to your intake session.
- Your counselor will read through what you wrote and will ask a few more questions. The questions will be about your history, your reason for coming to counseling, and your goals for counseling.
- After the intake session, you will begin meeting with your counselor for individual sessions.
What kinds of things can I talk about with my counselor?
- Whatever you want to talk about!
Will my counselor tell my parent(s) what I talk about in counseling?
- No. Your counselor will only talk to your parents if you are in danger. Your counselor will discuss the rules about this during your intake session. In counseling, you really do have a private place to discuss whatever is on your mind.