Therapy for Teens

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Helping your teenager figure out what's getting in the way of feeling their best.

Is your teen under a lot of stress? Do they not seem as happy as they once did? 

Most of us remember our teenage years as a combination of great fun, burgeoning freedom, and a tremendous amount of stress. During this time our hormone levels are skyrocketing, making us feel emotionally out of control. We also feel a greater need to perform well academically and fit into social circles. All of this stress can take its toll on a teen’s mental health and overall well-being.

Common Life Challenges Among Teens

Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.

  • Loss - Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. A loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
  • Stress - A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
  • Violence - Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and are often alone. 

This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out.

What Are Some of the Best Types of Therapy for Teens?

There are three general types of therapy used at Bridgeview Psychotherapy for teens experiencing mental health issues:

Talk Therapy

In traditional talk therapy, your teen will discuss their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a confidential and supportive environment.  The therapist may use a variety of approaches and techniques to help your teen gain insight into their issues, identify coping tools and strategies, and work towards personal growth and wellbeing.  

Expressive Art Therapy

It can be hard to talk to someone about your struggles, especially in adolescence.  Art can be an excellent medium to facilitate communication when the teen struggles with putting their feelings into words. 

And the best thing - no art skills required.  The healing is in the process, not in the product.  

Play Therapy

Play therapy isn't just for kids!

Games especially can be an effective way to engage teens in therapy.  

Teen Therapy Experience

Your teen's therapy experience will be tailored to them.  It may include one or all three approaches to therapy, depending on their personal preferences and what's the best fit for them.