Teen Years are Formidable...
Counseling Can Help
Counseling for Teen Boys
Adolescent years are filled with glorious highs and heartbreaking lows. It's more difficult than ever to help your teenage boy find a healthy way through this difficult stage of life. Exposure to drugs, alcohol, sexual activity, distracting screens, making friends, and bullying are just a few of the complex issues young men between the ages of 13-17 encounter. Many teens also face complex feelings around relationships as they experience parent's divorce and remarriage.
Therapy for teens can help reduce family conflicts and help your adolescent boy cope with difficult emotions and situations in a healthy and productive way. This invaluable experience helps your teen face challenging and stressful situations like:
Learning more about himself and discover who he is
Addressing concerns about depression or anxiety
Learning ways to manage symptoms of ADHD
Increasing self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
Improving time management, prioritization and organizational skills
Learning new communication skills and how to productively handle conflict
Exploring feelings an make positive decisions about sex and relationships
Exploring feelings about making positive decisions about drugs and alcohol
Understanding the shifting roles and boundaries in relationships with family
Through therapy, root causes will be explored and realistic goals set so that positive changes can be made. This may include changing destructive or problematic behaviors, learning effective communication and problem-solving skills, and building self-esteem.
Only 50 percent of teens feel confident handling personal problems. Teens report experiencing both emotional and physical symptoms of stress in similar proportions to adults, including feeling irritable or angry, nervous, anxious or tired
American Psychological Association, 2013 Stress in America survey
Confidentiality and Parents Right to Know
Parents want to know what's going on with their kids. It's natural. In Colorado, a parent or guardian who consents on their minor child's behalf generally has the legal right to know the content of the child's treatment. As a counselor, I cannot promise a minor that information will be kept from his parent who has legal custody. A parent with the legal right to treatment information may choose, even if it's counterproductive, to exercise that right. However, it is my intention to provide a strong zone of privacy for my adolescent clients. Privacy allows for autonomy, which is a core goal for healthy development. I provide parents with summary information about the content of sessions with their teen. However, the details of these sessions are kept private. If you are under 18, I will need the consent of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to participate in therapy.
Let's help your adolescent boy find his
best path to manhood.