Given the rapidly changing role of technology, high stakes testing, changes in family roles, increases in school violence and eco-anxiety, our teenagers and young adults need more support than those of times past. I give adolescents a safe place to talk about whatever they are finding problematic. Different people have different paces when it comes to tackling their problems, and this pace is honored as well. Specific therapeutic techniques that I find especially helpful for this age group are primarily talk therapy with an emphasis on discovering how my client is perceiving their issues. Sometimes these perceptions need to be examined to see if they are serving the teen or harming them. Occasionally creative approaches like art therapy and mindfulness can help as well.
Hopefully, soon, our society will see relational aggression as a serious and pervasive problem and take steps to remediate these destructive patterns. Until then, our girls and young women need counseling to prevent these growing pains from turning into emotional scars.
“ADOLESCENCE IS NOT A PERIOD OF BEING ‘CRAZY’ OR ‘IMMATURE.’ IT IS AN ESSENTIAL TIME OF EMOTIONAL INTENSITY, SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND CREATIVITY”
DANIEL SIEGEL, M.D.