Adolescence can be a uniquely challenging time for preteens and teens - and parents! Adolescents are experiencing a huge amount of cognitive, physical, and emotional growth and change. Often, teens are also affected by our fast-paced society, feeling pressure in school, extracurricular activities, or relationships with family and friends. All of which can leave parents and teens alike feeling overwhelmed and unprepared.

Your preteen or teen might benefit from counseling if you have noticed them struggling with:

  • Depressed mood or feelings of hopelessness
  • Excessive worry and an inability to control the worry
  • Withdrawing from activities and friends
  • Changes in grades or performance in school, activities, or friends
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disturbance (too much or too little)
  • Low energy
  • Feeling angry or irritable
  • Feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt, or low self-esteem

Through different modalities, including distress reduction and tolerance, coping skills, and creative techniques Hidden River Counseling provides adolescents with a safe space to explore their thoughts, feelings and attitudes, as well as empower them to find what it means to be their unique self. Our therapists work together with you and your adolescent to set individualized goals for their specific needs. If you are concerned about your preteen or teen, or think he or she could benefit from counseling, please contact Hidden River Counseling today. We are here to answer any questions you may have, and it would be our privilege to be part of your adolescent’s journey during this pivotal time.

Empower your teenager to find what it means to be their unique self. 

I'm a Parent - How Can I Help? 

Remember that during this time of immense change and identity searching, preteens and teens tend to rely less on their parents and more on their peers. Listen to your teen compassionately and nonjudgmentally. Try to put yourself in their shoes, and be curious about what they have to say. Help them feel empowered to become their best self.

At Hidden River Counseling, we also offer counseling to you, the parent. It can be scary to watch your child grow into an adolescent. Your role as a parent is shifting from when they were young, and your adolescent is relying less on you. This shift is, ultimately, good and necessary in order to help them transition into becoming a successful and healthy adult. But it can be difficult for you and your teen while this change is happening. If you think you could benefit from a place to better understand your teen and process the immense challenge it is to raise a teen, we are here to help you, as well. Please give us a call today.