Adolescent & Teen Therapy

Between the ages of 10 through 19, adolescents experience changes in hormones, feelings, cognitions and added pressures from peers, parents and school which often result in struggles with identity, sexuality, and peer relationships. These conflicts can lead to episodes of depression, anxiety, substance use, risk-taking behaviors and thoughts of death or suicide.

Adolescent therapy provides teens with a caring, supportive environment to process conflicts, build upon strengths, affirm feelings and encourage healthier choices.

Most teens can’t adequately express their emotions very well. Instead, they communicate distress in other ways. Conflicts at school, falling grades disinterest in life or withdrawing from parents can be warning signs that your adolescent may need help.

Therapy provides a safe and structured environment for teens to express and explore the meaning of their life experiences.

Everyone experiences therapy differently, but there are some common experiences you can expect your child to have in therapy. I will engage your child or teen in talking about the reason they came to therapy. They will be given options about what they do and how they participate during session time. Gradually, teens use therapy to build a relationship with their therapist and use that relationship to try out new behaviors.

Ongoing parental involvement is strongly encouraged as it is often vital to successful treatment. Parents are occasionally invited to participate in their child’s session to explore existing patterns of communication, and to develop skills that will help foster improved, positive relationships.

Some of the areas where therapy for teens can help:

  • It can help them develop strategies that reduce anxiety, stress, depression, hopelessness, or self-doubt.
  • It can motivate them to find safe, healthy coping skills that replace unhealthy and harming behaviors.
  • It can help them improve their self-esteem and gain a sense of belonging, competence and responsibility.
  • It can guide them to learn how to manage anger or control impulsive behavior.
  • It can support them as they learn to cope with traumatic events or manage difficult changes in their family or community.
  • It can help them learn to express themselves appropriately.
  • It can provide them with a renewed sense of hope and optimism.

Lani Sommer-Padilla, MSW, LCSW is a New Jersey state licensed psychotherapist with extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, school refusal, parenting adolescents, and marital and family relationship issues.

Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions
or concerns you have and to discuss possible ways I can help.

Lani Sommer-Padilla, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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