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Psychotherapy for Adolescents | Malibu

Common issues focused on in psychotherapy with adolescents:

  • Interpersonal relationships, social problems
  • Problems at school
  • Worry, guilty feelings, anxiety
  • Sadness/depression
  • Eating disorders/body image issues
  • Cutting
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Suicide
  • Sexual identity 
  • Relationship issues
  • Physical and developmental issues.
  • Anger and aggressive behavior
  • Defiant, delinquent, rule breaking behavior
  • Peer pressure and bullying
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Grief and loss

When is psychotherapy recommended?

Many parents of adolescents wonder: "Why does my child need psychotherapy?  Can't I just tell him/her to feel or act better?"  Unfortunately, this may not be successful because adolescents often use behavior as a way of expressing emotions that they do not understand.  These behaviors may be irrational, result in negative consequences, and manifest as many difficulties or disorders.  As your adolescent enters psychotherapy he/she may be able to control his/her dysfunctional habits and relieve his/her symptoms, replacing them with improved interpersonal abilities such as relations with family and friends, problem solving, coping skills, and self esteem.

How can psychotherapy help my teenager?

Your teenagers are bright, goodhearted, articulate, and at times seem so grown up; however, they are changing and developing so quickly it can be overwhelming for them and for you.  Give them the extra support they need to reach their full potential, overcome their challenges and feel their best.  Psychotherapy can help your adolescent in a variety of ways: they receive emotional support, attain improved ability to resolve conflicts, understand their emotions, and attempt new solutions to old problems.  Within the security and safety of the psychotherapy office adolescents can work out issues such as anger, sadness, worry, aggression, interpersonal/peer group difficulties, family and cultural adjustment and the effects of traumas.

Why is my teenager behaving this way? What happened to the child I once knew?

Individual psychotherapy can help your teenager to gain personal insight, fostering acceptance and understanding of themselves and others.  Adolescence can be a confusing time that causes psychological stress, often resulting in problematic symptoms and behaviors.  In psychotherapy, adolescents begin to know and accept themselves while tackling complex issues of trauma and grief, resolve behavioral difficulties, develop positive coping skills and improve interpersonal relationships.

 


Offering Therapy and Counseling services: Including: Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Teen Issues, Group Therapy, Psychotherapy, Child Therapist, Adolescent Therapist

Serving the areas of: Malibu, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Agoura Hills, Santa Monica, CA | California