Raising children can be difficult and can become increasingly more difficult when they enter pre-teen and teenage years. Teenagers who are asserting their independence sometimes do so by being rebellious and making impulsive decisions that are not healthy or safe. Other times, they may have more of a problem with their emotions, isolating themselves, showing signs of depression, and difficulty managing their anger or problems with friends.
More often than not, parents and teens are not prepared for the drastic changes that take place during adolescence. This can cause much tension and fighting between parents and their teen child and leaves parents unsure of what they can do to reconcile the strained parent/child relationship. It also leaves teens closed off from communicating with their parents as they try to gain independence in the wrong ways. They may start experiencing pressure from their peers that may include but are not limited to ditching school, hanging out with the wrong crowd, abusing substances or drinking before the legal age.
At Leyden, we will meet with your teenager both individually and in family counseling when appropriate.
In addition to working with parents, we will also work with the entire team of people that cares for the teen, including teachers, school counselors, social workers, and family physicians if appropriate. Counseling sessions that are separate from your adolescent will help us to understand what is happening at home, to measure you’re his or her progress, and to make suggestions to help you.
If your child is resistant or refusing to come to counseling, we will work with you to develop strategies and find ways that will help you deal with their problems.
Adolescence Issues we Treat:
- Behavior Problems
- School/Academic Issues
- Authority/Rebellious Issues
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse
- Parenting Issues
- Blended Family Issues
- Friendship Choices
- Tourette Syndrome
Our goal is assisting your teen in enjoying this time in his or her life while being able to communicate their feelings effectively, gain some independence safely, and bring peace and kindness back into the family structure.
Call us today at (630) 368-9100 so we can better understand your problem and help you set up an appointment. If you’d like us to call you,fill out our online contact form and one of our trained counselors will contact you. You’re in good hands with us at Leyden.