The teen years can be difficult for both the adolescent and their caretakers. Adolescents begin to form the identity that will define them for a lifetime
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The teen years are some of the most difficult for both the adolescent and their caretakers. They are a time of transition where an adolescent’s focus moves from the influence of the caretakers to the influence of their peers. At this stage, adolescents begin to form the identity that will define them for a lifetime. They often see themselves as equal or more physically and emotionally grown up as the adults around them. Some will act out and test boundaries while others retreat into themselves in response to the pressures that come with growing into adulthood. Though adolescents often want to be treated like adults, adolescent therapy and adult therapy are not the same.
The relationship between the therapist and the adolescent is somewhat unique in that the legal caretaker(s) provide consent and payment for services but the adolescent holds most of the confidentiality. Confidentiality between the therapist and the adolescent plays a primary part of the therapy in order for the adolescent to trust the therapist enough to speak about their problems. At the therapist’s discretion, the caretaker(s) are typically involved in the first session, with or without the adolescent, so the therapist can better understand the concerns for the adolescent and thereafter in collateral sessions which may or may not include the presence of the adolescent. Either way, the most important people in an adolescent’s life are the one’s who care for them and we believe your input is an important part of your adolescent’s health and happiness.
Because an adolescent is caught between childhood and adulthood, there is often a gap between an adolescent’s development versus adult maturity. They have needs that are unique to being a teenager and their therapist helps them overcome these difficulties, get their needs met, and learn skills they can make use of on their way to adulthood.
Here at Anthropos we offer two types of adolescent therapy. One type of therapy is preventative therapy. You may have concerns about the pressures and influences that face your adolescent and want to provide a safe and confidential place for them to discuss their concerns and worries in order to prevent problems from happening in the first place. The other type of therapy we offer is support therapy. Your adolescent may already be struggling with a problem, an issue and/or a troubled relationship and they have used up their coping and problem solving skills. We also understand that as their caretaker, in this difficult time of development and growth, you may feel the same and have reached your limits as well. Our therapists understand that the teenage years present their own unique challenges and issues for both the adolescent and their caretakers. We encourage you to review our staff bios and find the right therapist that is right for you and your adolescent.