Are you feeling worried about how your teen navigates this new complicated world?
Does the level of isolation by your teen feel overwhelming?
Does your child seem emotionally distant and/or emotionally activated?
It is common for teens to experience intense emotions and struggle to regulate. If your gut is telling you that this has become a problem that is affecting your teen’s quality of life (increased isolation from others, lower school scores, outbursts of anger), then reaching out to obtain help for them is a great parenting decision. This shows your teen a step in asking for help, and how you are being resilient for them. Their world is HUGE! Much bigger than the world that we lived in during these years. Accessibility and exposure is a daily struggle for any teens, as social media is an important part of their macro-system. It can feel overwhelming and downright scary that your teen is not speaking to you. They are connected to you, and now there is this distance that feels like a black hole. Therapy can provide an environment for your teen to learn to express themselves and increase their self-awareness. This allows leads to an increase in re-connecting and growing connection to people outside of therapy. Privacy is imperative for teens to truly form a therapeutic relationship. Colorado put into law mental health rights for individuals 12 years and up to provide the availability of privacy.
If you are in your adolescent years (12 years old all the way to 23 years old), I ask YOU:
Do you feel like your peers are just there and you struggle to connect with them?
Does the way other people see you lead you to have really negative thoughts?
Do you ever think about hurting yourself? Have you hurt yourself?
Does school and/or home stress you out?!
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, therapy could be for you! Finding a therapist that you can connect with, and most importantly feel safe with, is a way to find out how to journey through this complicated world. Your brain is growing and developing fast, but the world develops at a faster rate. Therapy can help you to fully express yourself in a non-judgemental relationship. You can feel the privacy you see in your everyday life. In Colorado, you have your own mental health rights. What does that mean? You have complete privacy in that the State law says that you have privacy from family (parents/legal caregiver), school, and anyone outside therapy.