Therapy for Teens & Adolescence

Adolescent and Teen Counseling

We can help you raise a resilient teen.

You are concerned that your teen may be anxious or depressed.

You’re worried about your teen’s self-esteem and you wonder if they respond well to peer pressure.

Your child isn’t performing well in school and this worries you.

You don’t care for your teen’s friends, or you worry about them not having any friends. 

You feel like you’re losing your child and wonder if there is something more you could do to support your child. 

Teenage Anxiety:

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health challenges teens face. In fact, 32% of American teens struggle with anxiety. Every teen is different, so they experience anxiety differently. But, here are common symptoms of teenage anxiety:

Symptoms of teen anxiety:

  • teen boy is obsessed with video games. HE goes to teen counseling in boulder colorado with a teen tehrapist at North Boulder Counseling 80301Decreased self-esteem, loss of motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or being agitated often
  • Sleeping problems: too much or too little
  • A lot of stress or worry
  • Hyperfocus on relationships or isolating themselves
  • Extreme behaviors
  • Increased screen time and increased agitation around limiting it

Teenage Depression:

Like anxiety, teenage depression is very common. Research shows that depression affects 1-5 teens. Depression looks different from teen to teen, but common teen depression symptoms include:

  • Sadness or depressed mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Irritability or being agitated often
  • Loss of interest in things they used to like
  • Fatigue and sleeping problems: sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in eating patterns: eating too much or too little
  • Excessive guilt
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Physical symptoms: stomachaches, nausea, body aches, headaches
  • Thoughts of self-harm or self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal thinking or attempts

Does my child need teen counseling?

“Normal” teen behavior versus concerning behaviors

Normal Teen behavior or signs your teen is growing and changing

  • teens sitting outside (photo of feet). Teen anxiety and teen depression is common, get teen counseling in boulder colorado with a teen therapist at North Boulder Counseling 80301Increased independence and being able to ask for help when needed
  • Sleeping a lot, but they are able to get out of bed
  • Decreased interest in family time but still communicating with their parents and siblings
  • Moodiness
  • Changing friend groups that bring them more connection and satisfaction
  • Thinking about what happens when we die, but having no interest in dying

Concerning Teen behavior or signs your teen may be struggling

  • Increased isolation: pushing parents, friends, and loved ones away
  • High-risk behaviors without correlating responsibility
  • Sleeping most of the day and not leaving their bedroom
  • Mood changes that often include disturbing or out of control feelings and emotions
  • Associating with risky friend groups
  • Hopelessness, giving up, or loss of interest in meaningful things
  • Unable to stop worrying about friends, school, etc.

Depression and Anxiety Commonly Show Up Together in Teens

Depression and anxiety commonly appear together. For example, a common cycle begins with stress and worry (anxiety). This moves to near-constant tension. It’s followed by a fall or dip in mood that leads to hopelessness or giving up (depression). While this cycle can be painful and disruptive, it makes sense from a nervous system perspective. The body gets tenser and tenser (hyperfocus) then totally giving up and lets go (loose). This creates oppositional forces that ultimately balance each other out. Of course, it’s not a sustainable way to maintain balance. So, we work on changing the depression where it starts, which is in an anxious state. When we lessen anxiety symptoms, depression symptoms also lessen.

Should parents be included in teen counseling?

The short answer is yes, but not with your child in sessions. Parents and caregivers are vital to a holistic perspective and 360 support for a child. But, it is also essential that teens have privacy. For therapy to be successful, teens have to be able to feel like they can trust their therapist and that their therapist won’t disclose everything they say.

Good teen therapy balances privacy for the teen and quality parent collaboration. The ultimate goal is to help teens and parents work together. We understand that you are concerned about your child and you want them to be successful in therapy, but we won’t disclose what your child tells their therapist unless there is a risk to their safety or others. We will give you general updates about their progress. The exact details will vary for each family. But, regardless of the details, know that we want you involved in your child’s life. You will always be their biggest resource.

Counseling done well, can give you a deeper connection to your family.

Should parents also get therapy if their teen is struggling?

If you are reading this, you should probably be seeing a psychotherapist as well. This is not a knock. As parents we often put our kids first, it’s just how it goes. Now, your kids are older and they notice how you treat yourself. So, if you don’t get therapy, why should they? They often don’t understand the demands on your time or any other reason you may have for not seeing therapy. Ultimately, counseling is a beautiful opportunity to clear out the old stuff you’ve been dealing with to make room for healthier ways of experiencing your lives.

Begin Teen Counseling in Boulder, CO

teen girl in ski gear smiles at the camera after teen counseling in boulder colorado with a teen therapist at north boulder counseling 80301Teen counseling can help your child overcome symptoms of anxiety and depression so your child can live their best life. Our teen therapists are skilled in forming strong relationships with their teen clients so they can make progress towards symptom reduction and prevention. Follow these steps to begin counseling in Boulder, CO

  1. Contact our therapy center
  2. Reach out to a teen therapist and learn more about our approach to teen counseling
  3. Enroll your child in counseling so they can get the help they need to feel great

Other Services offered at North Boulder Counseling:

Our counseling center located in Boulder, CO is committed to helping you overcome anxiety so you can live the life you want. Our counselors provide anxiety treatment intensive program, postpartum anxiety treatment, postpartum depression counseling, perinatal support, parenting coaching,  grief counseling, trauma treatment and EMDR, depression treatment, young adult counseling, and play therapy. If you’re a clinician looking for business coaching for therapists or professional supervision and consulting, we can help! We understand that it may be hard for you to make it to our counseling center, so we offer online therapy in Colorado. Contact our counseling clinic today to begin your healing journey towards better mental health!

2955 Valmont Rd. Suite 130
Boulder, CO 80301
(720) 588-3174

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