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Child and Adolescent Therapy Services in Albuquerque

Therapy Services for Children and Teens

As a parent, you want the best for your children. Here at Sage Neuroscience Center, we offer a range of children’s mental health services focused on the best course of treatment for every case that walks through our doors. Sage has a highly-trained staff of Child Psychiatrists, Certified Nurse Practitioners, and Psychotherapists that specialize in Child Psychopathology.

Our Adolescent Therapy Services:

  • Children and adolescents from ages 4 to 17 can be evaluated and treated using an array of therapeutic modalities.
  • Our providers are trained in techniques such as Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.
  • Medical Staff is all specifically trained in the intricacies of managing a child’s medication needs.
“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” – Nicholas Sparks

Therapy Services for Your Child

Being a kid can be difficult on the best of days. In addition to being preoccupied with their friends, family, and school performance, older kids and teenagers have to deal with several physical and mental changes as their bodies experience puberty. As a result, most caregivers expect a certain amount of resistance and moodiness from their teenagers. However, what might appear to be usual, sassy teenage behavior could turn out to be a lot more serious. Teenagers and kids are not immune to mental health issues. In fact, about 20% of modern teenagers have some sort of mental health issue. Unfortunately, most of them do not receive any sort of diagnosis or treatment for these conditions.

If untreated, small mental health problems can grow over time, leading to severe negative impacts over a person’s lifetime. They can affect everything from relationships to work performance, health habits, and more. That’s why it’s extremely important to have mental health resources specifically designed for young people. At Sage Neuroscience Center, we offer adolescent therapy services to ensure the most vulnerable members of our population aren’t overlooked.

The Long-Term Effects of Untreated Mental Health Issues

If mental health illnesses go untreated, they can lead to a wider variety of consequences. This includes permanent changes to the way a person’s brain, immune system, and other parts of the body operate. Unlike the flu or a nasty wound, mental health issues won’t go away or heal over time if they’re ignored. Instead, they’re likely to get worse, which makes them harder to treat.

Consider someone who begins to experience anxiety and depression during their adolescence. As they grow older, their mental health issues get worse, and this person might find it harder to continue to convince people that they’re okay. Eventually, the strain on personal and professional relationships may become too much. As those relationships fall apart, the person becomes isolated from society, which in turn makes the effects of their depression and anxiety even more consuming. At that stage, they can feel so overwhelmed that they stop completing even the most basic tasks, losing their job in the process. No job means no income. Without income, they won’t be able to afford a place to live. As the challenges keep coming, they might start feeling like the situation will never get any better and that there’s no way out.

It’s a sad thing to imagine. For many people, it’s an honest depiction of their struggles with mental health illnesses. Intervening at a young age can help prevent this sequence of events, arming patients with the tools they need to manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling, successful lives.

How Child and Adolescent Therapy Services Can Help

Mental health issues are often chronic, meaning that even in the best of cases, patients may continue to experience symptoms for the rest of their lives. However, with therapy, those patients can learn valuable skills that allow them to manage those symptoms, preventing them from having a negative impact on their lives.

Counseling for children and adolescents is designed to give them a safe space where they can be open about what they’re going through without fear of judgment or rejection. Even if they have a strong support system at home, their own doubts may cause them to be scared to share with a family member. Providing them with an experienced therapist can give them the best environment to be honest and vulnerable.

In turn, their therapist will go over a number of different strategies to cope with the negative thoughts and emotions they keep experiencing. Not every technique will work for everyone. There’s no “one size fits all” for coping skills; everybody is different and has different needs. Our therapists have experience with a variety of methods so that they can work with your child to find the most effective way to manage their symptoms. This way, your kid is equipped to handle their mental health going forward and keep themselves from spiraling every time they experience a bad day.

If it turns out that your child needs more guidance than weekly therapy, we do offer an Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents. Click here to learn more.

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.

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