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Counselling for TEENS

TEEN COUNSELLING IN EDMONTON

(ages 13-17)

Your voice is important. You deserve to be heard.

Adolescence is a time of immense growth, self-discovery, and change. It can be tough for teens to juggle the various demands of growing up, including balancing school, friendships, dating relationships, family time, self-care, sports, extracurricular activities, work/volunteering, and career/university preparation. Not only that, but add on the pressure of body image, reputation, and getting good grades, while being influenced by peers, social media, and the like.

At Solace Psychology, I take pride in developing rapport and trust with teens so that we can work together to create tangible goals and achieve real results. I specialize in providing guidance by making sense of the internal and external changes that teens experience and working through the various pressures in their lives. It can be very beneficial for parents to partake in a few sessions throughout the course of therapy, as it can be difficult to navigate your teen’s experiences when there is competing influence from peers and friends.

* An initial parent session is required for all minors so that I can obtain a complete picture of your child’s struggles. This will involve a discussion of your child’s developmental history, past and present behavioural and emotional patterns, big life changes, and goals for your child’s therapy.

Get help with:

  • Addiction & Substance Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety, Fears, & Worry (including perfectionism, panic attacks, social anxiety, & separation anxiety)
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Career/School Counselling 
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Blended Families
  • Emotion Regulation 
  • Friendship & Dating
  • Grief & Loss
  • Identity Confusion
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • School Stress
  • Self-Esteem & Confidence
  • Sleep Struggles
  • Social Skills & Boundaries
  • Trauma, Abuse, & PTSD

COUNSELLING FOR TEENS

HOW COUNSELLING CAN HELP

Teens don't have to have a mental illness to benefit from counselling. Counselling offers teens a safe, non-judgmental space to explore what's going on for them emotionally, psychologically, and behaviourally. It provides them an opportunity to talk about problems and work through them, rather than bottle them up and push them aside. 

As teenagers struggle to figure out who they are and where they belong in this world, it can be so helpful to have someone outside of their family and friends circle to talk to and trust. I know how hard it can be to open up and trust the process of therapy, which is why I really take the time to build rapport and relationship with those that I work with. I am not pushy, rather I will meet each person where they are at and help them sort through all of their confusing, painful experiences that can be overwhelming to deal with at home.

Common reasons that teens attend counselling:

  • have a safe place to discuss private matters
  • work through overwhelming emotions
  • have guidance on making big decisions
  • deal with anxiety or stress
  • cope with depression or suicidal thoughts
  • stop self-harm behaviours (picking, cutting)
  • overcome past trauma or abuse
  • deal with school issues or bullying
  • work through family issues
  • discuss friendship or dating concerns
  • have support for dealing with loss of a loved one

Benefits of counselling for teens:

  • improved friendships & social skills
  • higher self-esteem & confidence
  • feel valued & heard
  • reduced anxiety & stress
  • improved mood
  • enhanced ability to express & regulate emotions
  • ability to communicate needs & wants
  • reduction in unhealthy behaviours

    It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - E.E. Cummings

PARENTING SUPPORT

You've gotten through changing diapers and long nights of sleep training. You helped with school projects and bake sales. Here comes the even tougher part - how do you love and connect with your teenager while also allowing them to gain independence and learn from their mistakes?

There are so many newer demands in today's world to navigate through in the teen years: social media, gaming and device time, increased competition in schools, peer pressure to vape or use drugs... the list goes on and on. Adolescence is a time for teens to gain independence and learn life skills, but they still do need your love, support, and guidance through it all. Counselling can help you untangle all of these expectations and find effective strategies to maintain connection and continue being a positive influence in your child's life. Learn how to work through the tough emotional battles at home, power struggles, and also to look after yourself. 

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