Diana Saunders, MA LPC

Therapy for Teens

Teen TherapyTeens enjoy coming to a place where they can be heard,  validated,  and experienced as themselves. Topics typically explored are:

School –  pressures,  attendance,  motivation,  irritations.
Family issues –  worries and concerns.
Friends –  issues with,  peer influences,  cultural influences.
Substances –  use,  abuse,  dependence,  work with school,  probation,  etc.
Addictions –  whatever type,  looking at it,  dealing with it in a way that is healthy for teen
Moods –  depression,  stress,  grief,  anger,  anxiety

Therapy for sensitive teens is integrated into counseling whenever and wherever the need arises.
I use the term “sensitive” to describe a teen who has increased awareness to:

  • others’  feelings
  • the need to be organized or for more time
  • body sensations –  fatigue,  dizziness,  localized body feelings,  etc.
  • physical environment –  for example,  sensitivity to light,  too much noise,  lack of space

Please note none of these increased sensitivities would be due to substance use,  although sensitive teens might use substances to numb or dull some of what happens to them in order to prevent their psyches from what might feel as assaults on their senses. These are only some of the ways it may show up in your teen. Sensitivity may make your teen feel different. Please call if you believe your teen is sensitive in particular areas and needs help. Sensitivity may present itself as a “problem” when in reality it might not be a problem at all,  but a gift which needs to be fostered and treated with skilled handling.

Your teen is welcome to explore creativity in session including,  for example,  drawing,  doodling,  using music as self expression,  or reading poetry and/or personal writings,  if he or she chooses.

Therapy is often combined with psychoeducation to enable teens to make informed decisions about their lives. EMDR may be helpful. EMDR is a protocol to treat and heal trauma (large and small) and is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. Anger Management Training,  either in groups or individual sessions,  may be scheduled as well.

Brain Gym®,  a movement based brain integration program,  helps us develop healthy neural pathways in the brain,  which helps us to relax,  think clearly and learn easily. Brain Gym® can be used for teens with attention disorders,  learning disabilities,  hyperactivity,  depression,  and other psychological and learning concerns. Please ask Diana about whether Brain Gym® is appropriate for your teen.

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Teen Therapy