Teen Counselling may be needed for behaviour problems, emotional problems, mental health issues, substance abuse problems, stress, relationship difficulties, and traumatic experiences.
A counsellor for your teen is not an authority figure who will be commanding, manipulative or judgmental. They are not a parent who might find it challenging to stay impartial and neutral in the face of troubling accounts.
And a counsellor is not a buddy who might be tactless or joke at the wrong time.
They are a trusted adviser or a mentor who cares. Counselling is a safe place for teens to share their experiences and be accepted while being encouraged to explore new ways of thinking and acting.
Teen counselling is available face to face, or for those who are not comfortable with traditional counselling, online counselling sessions are available.
Your teen can get a mentor to guide them through the maze of teenage issues.
With the range of concerns parents have about the teens these days - knowing if their child is a 'typical teen" or "troubled teen" can help you, as a parent, feel more confident in helping your child. For more information on Troubled Teens, read this article.
A good collaborative teen counsellor will be willing to communicate with you and give you some general information about the important issues as well as their recommendations. They will do this without sharing information your child has shared.
It is important that you, as a parent, respect the confidential nature of teen counselling sessions. You must respect your teenager’s privacy and understand that the counsellor won’t share details on counselling sessions unless there is a danger of self-harm or harm to others.
A teenager is like a beacon that attracts every single feeling, emotion, experience and temptation. Your teen needs support at this time. Depression and anxiety are often seen in teenagers, and self-medicating or self-harm are all too common. No matter what your teen is going through, engaging in teen counselling can help take care of their mental health.
Unavoidably, when a young person attends teen counselling, it will reveal behaviours and beliefs that penetrate through the family unit.
Having your teen attend counselling, and then listening to and supporting them through it (or even attending yourself), can create a much more steady, non-violent and more peaceful environment at home.
Self-confidence is consistently sought by some teens, and feared by others.
Either way, engaging in teen counselling is a healthy way for your teen to experience this as they take ownership of their feelings, experiences and mental health. It also empowers you to ‘let go,’ understanding they are in safe hands.
Supporting your teen and enabling them to participate in teen counselling provides an alternate avenue to keep them accountable. Rather than them feeling victimised for their behaviours, a counsellor will give them the independence to examine why this is occurring, and how to move forward.
With all the intense emotions your teen feels every day, they simply want to know that they are ok.
The world, their companions and their family is ordering them to do things better or not do some things.
Sometimes they feel like they should be a completely different person and act like a different person every day depending on who they are with. The constant need to feel appreciated, understood and trusted is what your teen is desperate for during this stage of life.
A counsellor provides this in their sessions, allowing your teen to explore their place in the world in a safe environment.