Counseling for Tweens & Teens
If you could travel through time and go back to how you felt inside your body and mind as a middle schooler – that insecure sense of self, worrying about what people think about you and what you’re wearing, pimples, braces, body changes, menstrual cycles, boys, school dances – I doubt many of us would choose to stay there. It’s one of the hardest and most confusing times in our lives.
Throw in the fact that now everything gets documented through selfies, Instagram, Snapchat, and Group Me, and you have a perfect storm.
Then there is high school with social pressure to fit in and academic pressure to get scholarships to the best colleges. On top of homework and studying for tests, extracurricular activities and socializing can bring on some tired, grumpy, stressed out teenagers. There are parties and proms, first loves and heartbreaks, championships and losses, new friends and old ones, getting your first job and first car, rumors and gossip, social media mistakes, lectures and being grounded. Don’t forget the question that keeps coming up in your head, “what do I want to do with my life?”
Helps to have a Guide
As crazy as it sounds, I like working with teens. I like being a guide on the bumpy path from middle school to high school and on to college. It is rewarding to be a part of the positive changes that unfold.
Some of the things we can work on are:
- Relationship Conflict with Family, Friends, Boyfriends/Girlfriends
- Self Harm and Other Poor Coping Skills
- Academic Stress
- Short Term & Long Term Life Goals
- Self Worth/Self Assurance
- Peer Pressure