Relating to the modern-day teenager is a difficult task itself as their world typically differs much from the one their parents grew up in. Today’s teens must balance academics, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, family obligations, and friendships. All of this and knowing that anything they say or do can be displayed on multiple social media platforms in a matter of seconds. The desire of wanting others to like them, to not be judged, and constant comparing between one another becomes a heavy weight they carry daily. Activities, sports, friends, and hobbies that once were a priority slowly take a back seat.
Previously a bubbly, talkative, and life sharing child becomes distant and closed-off. They may even seem “moody” or have an “attitude”. They may often say “I don’t care”, and sometimes they really don’t. How do you get them to open up again? How can you relate, or understand their worries? How can you get them back “on track” and improve their attitude? How do you get them to care again?
Individual therapy can help give teens an outlet to sort through their stressors, anger, fears, worries, sadness, etc. I believe building a trusting relationship with each individual takes time and understanding of how they experience these stressors from their perspective. I work to help teenagers identify what they feel is in control of their lives and discover the impact it has on their physical and mental health. Teens are given a neutral space to discover what is truly important to them and create meaningful goals to improve their overall self-esteem. I enjoy challenging teens to build upon their skills to instill a feeling of control and increased ability to manage stress through coping strategies that are healthy and appropriate.
Interested in learning more? Call me today at 402-325-0117 x11 to schedule an appointment, or book an online appointment!
1001 S 70th Street #225
Lincoln, NE 68510