What Do Child and Adolescent Therapy Services Look Like?
At a glance, counseling for children may look very similar to counseling for adults. Sessions generally last for about an hour, and the content of the sessions is kept confidential. During therapy, our providers will work with your child to get a detailed picture of what’s going on, allowing them to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
However, unlike adult therapists, the therapists that offer these services specialize in working with kids. That means they know a lot about the sorts of concerns children and teenagers are most likely to experience. Because of this, they’re better at addressing those concerns. Additionally, providers will often work with the patient’s family, sharing information that can help you better understand what your child is going through. In some cases, parents or guardians may be asked to go to a session, giving them the opportunity to be more involved in their child’s mental health journey.
Most Common Mental Health Issues Experienced By Teenagers
Teenagers can experience a wide range of mental health issues; however, the most common issues are Anxiety and Depression. In fact, over 13% of adolescents in the United States experience depression. Other relatively common illnesses include Social Phobias, Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, ADHD, and Substance Abuse. It’s important to note that in many cases, teenagers can be diagnosed with more than one mental health illness at a time. In some cases, one illness can even cause or make another disorder worse.
Does My Kid Need Counseling?
With all this in mind, you might be wondering if your teenager could benefit from therapy. While there is no simple way to know if they are suffering from some form of mental illness, there are a number of red flags that could indicate your teenager should be referred to Adolescent Therapy Services.
These red flags include:
- Sudden changes in school performance
- Sudden changes in mood
- Sudden changes in appearance
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Loss of interest in social interaction
- Unusually reckless or violent behavior
- Evidence of self-harm or substance abuse
If you observe any of the above, then it might be time to have a serious conversation about scheduling a therapy session for your teenager. A therapist can speak more candidly with them and more accurately determine whether their current behavior is normal, or if it points to a larger mental health illness.
At the end of the day, you know your child better than anyone else. Even though you might not have noticed any of the red flags discussed here, if your instincts are telling you that something isn’t right, don’t hesitate to contact Sage Neuroscience Center for guidance. We can help you explore your options and determine what course of action is best for your child.