For many people, adolescent therapy provides the balance and the comfort in life that they need. The world of adolescence is nowhere near as innocent or easy-going as it once was. Growing up in a world with constant access to everything via the web poses challenges previous generations never had to worry about. For that reason, it’s vital that the challenges of the world socially, structurally, economically and politically can be better understood. For that reason, adolescent therapy is very popular and common today.
Our minds do not truly develop before the age of 25, meaning that most adolescents are more likely to fall into negative behavioural cycles. From taking drugs to self-harm and negative, nihilistic mind-sets, it’s easy for adolescents to find it hard to break free from these cycles. From clinging to those who do give them help in the world to overly negative self-views, adolescent therapy helps to deal with many aspects of teenage and young adult life that often goes untouched.
It’s great for helping to deal with development issues that might stop an adolescent reaching their maximum potential. Through both play and talk therapy, its’ easier to diagnose and then diffuse the stressful triggers that they face in life.
Typically, it helps to give an adolescent a chance to better evaluate how they feel on a daily basis. The process changes depending on the age of the patient, with most sessions built around information gathering and learning from the patient about why they personally have sought out therapeutic help.
Afterwards, patient and counsellor may begin meeting on an individual basis without constant supervision. Doing this, the adolescent will get the chance to be more open about the problems they face, though there will be collaborative meetings with the parents. As time goes on, though, it’s important that parental involvement is reduced to help them feel safe in the presence of their counsellor.
These are all common factors today, and plays a major role in effective adolescent therapy. Done right, this offers a chance for the adolescent to let out their confusion, angst, uncertainty and fears to someone who trusts, listens and cared.
By offering a safe space and an environment to talk without interjection, judgement or challenge, adolescent therapy offers a chance for the patient to simply open up. This can offer them the chance to become more regulated emotionally, and to take less risks in life, in academic education and in their day-to-day lives.