Adolescence can be a very challenging time for many young people in the world today. They often feel they simply exist in a space between two worlds where they are no longer a child but not yet treated as an adult. This is a time when peer approval is paramount and the teen is struggling to find his or her own identity and unique place in the world around them. Many therapists call this a time of developing a sense of self while, at the same time, parents may be seen as becoming more intrusive and protective, seeming to the teen to be trying to micromanage their life.
In adolescent psychotherapy the therapist is tasked with the difficult job of earning the teen's trust and confidence. This can be very challenging and it is why therapists in this specialisation are professionals that are able to relate to this age group in a genuinely caring way that the adolescent positively responds to. Often the teen may see the psychotherapist as the one person in their world that they trust and that they see as on their side.
At this very stressful time of life for many teens the range of issues that can be problematic includes those experienced by children as well as those that are challenges for adults. Teenagers often are not voluntarily selecting treatment but are required to attend because of their parents, legal referrals or because of recommendations from the education system.
Issues that are often seen in adolescent psychotherapy include depression, anxiety and trauma as well as phobias and self-harming issues. Other issues can include gender dysphoria, eating disorders, suicidal ideations, self-esteem and body image issues as well as friendship and interpersonal relationship challenges. In many cases these young adults see themselves as unsuccessful or failing in life, which could be a result of several factors in the teen's life. This age group may also have problems with addictions, including illegal and prescription drugs, alcohol or other substances.
Working with the teen in adolescent psychotherapy will involve an initial assessment and evaluation followed by the development of a holistic approach to treatment.
Each client at Philippe Jacquet & Associates is treated on a unique plan that is developed to address his or her specific goals and desired change. The plan can include a range of different approaches including, but not limited to, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), family therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), group therapy, Psychodynamic and Integrative psychotherapy and Art Therapy.
For teens, a team approach may be implemented to address a range of different issues including proper nutrition, health and education as well as the therapeutic aspects of treatment. Often, family therapy is required to address issues that may be contributing to the stress and discomfort experienced by the teen.
Through adolescent psychotherapy the teen will learn to understand themselves and to recognise their ability to cope with challenging situations in life. They can learn to change behaviours and coping mechanisms to more effectively and appropriately cope with issues in their lives, both now and in the future.