Adolescence can be a very difficult experience for many young people around the world today. They sometimes believe like they actually live in a void between two dimensions where they are no longer an infant but are not yet recognized as adults. This is a moment where parental acceptance is important as the adolescent strives to discover his or her own personality as special position in the environment around them. Many clinicians term this a period of establishing a sense of independence, although at the same moment, parents can be perceived as being increasingly controlling and defensive, as they appear to be attempting to micromanage their lives.
In adolescent psychotherapy, the client has a tough task in winning the confidence and affection of the child. This may be quite difficult, and it is for that reason that clinicians in this field are specialists who are willing to connect to this age demographic in a deeply compassionate manner where the teenager reacts favorably. Sometimes, the adolescent can see the psychotherapist as the only person in their universe who they trust and have by their hand.
At this very stressful time of life for many teens, the range of issues that can be problematic includes those experienced by children and 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 frequently used in adolescent psychotherapy include stress , anxiety and abuse, as well as phobic and self-harming problems. Other problems can involve gender dysphoria, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, self-esteem and body image concerns, as well as social and interpersonal interaction difficulties. In certain instances, these young people consider themselves as inadequate or struggling in adulthood, which may be the product of a variety of variables in the adolescent 's existence. This age range might still include issues with abuse, including illicit and prescribed medications, alcohol or other factors.
Acting with teenagers in adolescent psychotherapy may include basic examination and evaluation accompanied by the implementation of a therapeutic approach to care.
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.
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