Adolescent Therapy & Counseling
Adolescents generally find it difficult to eloquently verbalize their feelings. They are often overwhelmed and even confused by the number of complex feelings that come as they move toward adulthood. However, for teens, most conflicts involve differences between family members or issues over expectations of parents, in addition to peer and school pressures.
For adolescents, the approach of the therapist needs to reflect their current life experience. Therefore, “talk therapy” combined with other forms of therapy or activities, such as, play therapy, and role plays, usually proves to be more effective with adolescents. These forms of therapy allow symbolic expression of internal conflicts.
Their challenges may range from intentional and learning problems to abuse issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and family discord, to name only a few.
What to Do :
Immediately, when a problem or issue is noticed, parents should think about which type of adolescent therapy is most appropriate for their teen. Adolescent therapy may include a diagnostic evaluation, individual therapy and/or group counseling. Some of the characteristics that most frequently describe the need for adolescent therapy are:
- Depression, sometimes resulting in suicidal gestures or attempts
- Inability to form positive relationships with peers or adults may call for adolescent therapy
- Oppositional and/or aggressive behavior toward parents and authority figures
- Incidents of running from home and/or chronic truancy
- Adolescent therapy is needed when youngsters engage in excessive risk-taking
- Delinquent acting-out
- Substance abuse also calls for adolescent therapy
- Sexual acting-out
- Lack of motivation regarding educational/vocational goals
Please contact us by calling us at (703) 754-0636 or via email here to schedule an appointment.
Our Adolescents Counseling services are facilitated by the following therapists:
Babak Alidoosti, MS, LMFT (Gainesville Office)
Sabrina Anderson, LPC (Gainesville Office)
Mark A. Boothe, LICSW, LCSW (Alexandria Office, Washington DC Office and Online Therapy)
Jewelle Daquin, M.Ed, LPC (Gainesville office)
Shevy Kana, MA, LPC (Gainesville VA Office)
Laura Phillips, MSW, LCSW (Alexandria office)
Emily Sanders (Gainesville office)
Erin St Louis, LMFT (Gainesville Office)
Lorna Tempest, LPC, LMFT (Alexandria Office and Online Therapy)
Donna Thurston (Online Therapy)
Ashley Wise, LMFT (Gainesville Office)