Adolescence is one of the most important stages of human development. During the teenage years, young people face many physical, psychological, identity and relationship changes on their journey to adulthood. While adolescence is often stereotyped as a difficult and tumultuous time, it is important to remember that many adolescents move through this developmental stage of life respectfully and peacefully.
The adolescent years present a unique set of challenges, for teenagers and parents alike.
Young teenagers often struggle with social integration at school – current estimates suggest that Australian children are regularly bullied at school. Unusual mood swings and withdrawal from the family unit may be the first signs that something is wrong. Additionally, the onset of puberty can be a confusing and distressing time. Body image, anxiety and self-esteem issues are common amongst this age group.
Older teenagers frequently engage in risk-taking behaviors, such as experimenting with smoking and illicit substances. These behaviors can result in health risks, interpersonal conflict and undesirable social behavior, such as: mental health issues, aggression and violence, drink driving, unsafe/unwanted sex and unplanned pregnancy. Car accidents and suicide are the two leading causes of death amongst adolescent Australians. If your adolescent is exhibiting concerning behaviors, it’s very important that they receive encouragement and help to successfully rise to the challenges of adolescence.
When To Seek Counseling?
- Anger management
- Academic Difficulties
- Behavioral concerns
- Body image issues
- Bullying (online and at school)
- Drug and alcohol concerns
- Eating disorders
- Family conflict
- Grief and loss
- Interpersonal conflict
- Relationship issues
- School refusal and disengagement
- Self-harm and suicidal ideation
- Self-esteem issues
- Sleep issues
- Social isolation
Benefits Of Adolescent/Teenage Counseling
The adolescent is able to learn the root cause of their feelings, behaviors and trauma. This allows them to work through the issues they’re having and find solutions to fix these issues. If medication is required to make them feel better, or to correct a situation, the therapist is able to recommend the best medication for the specific problem.
Adolescent counseling can help improve the child’s overall mood, self-worth, and confidence, boost their self-esteem while also working with the to use various outside resources to cope with the situations they are in. Through the use of expressions, the therapist is better able to help the adolescent sort through these feelings and emotions.
Never worry about not being able to fix the issues your adolescent is having. When you first notice the symptoms or behaviors, it is best to contact a professional that can help with the issues and put them back on track.