The transition from childhood to teenage years is a difficult time period. Often seen as a rite of passage, the transformative years between 13 and 19 are an important period of a person’s life. During this time, adolescents are working on their social skills, developing their emotional intelligence, and going through puberty. While some teenagers take this period in stride, others struggle with the heightened hormones that often lead to outbursts and breakdowns.
While most teenagers can get through the lows of their teenage years on their own, others need help and there’s no shame in that. There are many triggers that can cause a teenager to transform from an outgoing child to a closed off young adult including:
- death of a loved one, family pet, or close friend
- natural disaster
- being bullied
- moving to a new school or town
- sexual or physical abuse
- birth of a sibling
While this is a broad list that covers the most common triggers, there are other lesser known triggers that can also cause a teenager’s mental health to change. Regardless of what causes a shift in your teenager, if you feel that they need professional help which you cannot provide, we can help.
True North Counseling prides itself on being a comfortable environment for any individual seeking therapy. Whether you are a teenager, adult, or an entire family, if you need professional help to get through a personal issue or traumatic experience, you can count on us.
Our contracted therapists are here to provide the support your teenager’s needs, and the psychological insight to help them out of their rut, in each therapy session they attend. Our therapists are trained to let your teenager talk through the entire session or guide them through the session with pointed questions that lead to deeper discussions. Depending on your teenager’s personality, and how quickly they open up to their therapist, it could take one session or multiple to get to the root of the problem.
It will often then take additional sessions to discover healthy coping mechanisms that can help them deal with the issue at hand. For example, we help many children and teens get better connected with themselves and the present through Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This is the practice of being more present in each and every moment and can be achieved through nature therapy, meditation and breathing exercises. More often than not, teenagers who attend teen therapy sessions at True North Counseling end up looking forward to their therapy sessions and embracing them.
If you are a parent or loved one, who is concerned for your teenager, contact us at True North Counseling today. We’ve got a staff of licensed and trained therapists in Louisville, Kentucky ready to help your teen through their struggle – whatever it may be. You can contact us today by visiting our Contact Us page or calling 502-435-9226.