Teen Counseling

Parents, are you worried your teen is anxious or depressed?

We can help you raise resilient teens because the pain of raising an adolescent is real

You’re concerned about your child’s mental health

You’ve noticed that your child doesn’t seem to have many friends and they are withdrawn. 

Your teen is making poor choices and you’re worried it’s because of peer pressure. 

You want your child to succeed and you aren’t sure how to help them. 

Does my teen have an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is very common among teenagers. In fact, nearly 1 in 3 teens ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder and 1 in 5 teens will develop depression. Although anxiety is very common many teens don’t want to acknowledge it because they worry about what their friends will think. So, they often go to great lengths to compensate for it. Below, are common warning signs that your teen may have an anxiety disorder.

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Symptoms of teen anxiety and teen depression:

  • Decreased self-esteem, loss of motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping problems: too much or not enough sleep
  • Irritability or being ‘agitated’ often
  • A lot of stress or worry
  • Hyperfocus on relationships or isolation
  • Extreme behaviors
  • Suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors
  • Increased screen time and increased agitation around limiting it

If you notice any of these anxiety symptoms it may be a good time to consider reaching out to a teen therapist.

Does my child need teen counseling?

You might be curious about whether or not your teen’s behavior is “normal”. While every teen is different, we do know that there are some standards to look for. This is a difficult time, but we can help you make sense of things.

“Normal” Teen Behavior versus Concerning Teen Behavior

NORMAL TEEN BEHAVIOR: signs your teen is growing and changing

  • increased independence and responsibility while able to ask for help when needed
  • increased sleeping but still gets out of bed and does meaningful (to them) things daily
  • decrease interest in family time but still maintaining open lines of communication
  • changes in moods in the absence of isolation
  • changes in friend circles that bring them more connection and satisfaction
  • thinking about what happens when we die, while having no interest in dying

CONCERNING TEEN BEHAVIOR: signs your teen may be struggling

  • increased isolation; pushing parents, friends and loved ones away
  • Increased high-risk behaviors without correlating responsibility
  • sleeping most of the day and not leaving their bedroom
  • mood changes that often include feelings that are disturbing and feel out of control
  • changing friend groups to folks who don’t take good care of themselves
  • hopelessness, giving up, or loss of interest in meaningful things
  • unable to stop worries about friends, school, etc.

Teens often have both anxiety and depression

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Depression and anxiety commonly live together as balancing forces of extremes. A common example is a cycle beginning with stress and worry (anxiety), moving to near-constant tension, followed by a fall or dip in mood that leads to hopelessness or giving up (depression). This cycle can be painful and disruptive. So, in counseling, we work on fighting depression where it starts: in anxious thoughts. When we fight anxiety and lessen anxious thoughts then depression will subside.

Should I be included in my child’s teen counseling sessions?

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 important that your child feels comfortable sharing with their therapist. This means they need to know that what they say in their sessions will not be shared. The exception to this is if they are a danger to themselves or others.

Of course, you want to be updated on their progress. You’re concerned and you want to know that is being well taken care of. Good teen therapy balances privacy for the teen with parent collaboration. We want your teen to be willing to share what’s going on in their lives with you. And, we want them to see the relationship they have with you as a resource to help them through hard times. So, the collaboration between the child and parent is a major goal of teen counseling. In general, we aim to see parents regularly but separately throughout the therapy process and we will discuss ways you can help your child. 

Should the parents be in therapy if their child is getting teen counseling?

If you are reading this, you should probably consider going to therapy. This is not a knock. As parents we often put our kids first, it’s just how it goes. The big difference now is that they are getting older is that they see how you treat yourself. So, if you’re stressed and worried, but not getting help, they will resist getting help. Why should they do something that you’re not doing?

This is a beautiful opportunity for you to work on yourself and focus on the things that matter to you. Counseling done well can clear out old stuff you’ve been holding on to Then, it can make room for new ways of experiencing life. Counseling done well, can give you a deeper connection with your family.

Begin Teen Counseling in Boulder, Colorado

teen girl in ski gear smiles at the camera after teen counseling in boulder colorado with a teen therapist at north boulder counseling If your teen is struggling with mental health concerns, then please consider teen counseling at North Boulder Counseling. We are passionate about helping your child learn the tools they need to cope with the symptoms they are experiencing and the skills necessary to take care of their mental health. To get your teen counseling in Boulder, CO, follow these steps:

  1. Contact our therapy center
  2. Set up an appointment and learn more about our teen therapists and teen counseling
  3. Give your teen the gift of teen counseling and help them feel better!

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 mental health services include general anxiety treatment, anxiety treatment intensive program, postpartum depression counseling, perinatal support, postpartum anxiety therapy, parenting coaching,  grief counseling, trauma treatment and EMDR, depression treatment, teen therapy, and play therapy. Also, Gen offers professional supervision and consulting. Consider online therapy in Colorado if you can’t make it to our counseling clinic. Contact our therapy center 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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