Are you feeling sad, anxious, or less than fulfilled in life?
Is insecurity, or low self-esteem holding you back?
Are you living the life you want to live?
Have you experienced a major life transition and now struggle to find a way to cope?
Individual Therapy can be one of the most effective ways to discover aspects about yourself that are getting in the way of living the life you want. There are many factors that affect your health and wellbeing each day: relationships, work, money, losses, daily stress, illness, life transitions or unpredictable actions of others. The therapy process can help confront and manage new experiences, emotional ups and downs, and other life transitions with a new set of coping skills and a sense of confidence, optimism, and hope. As each person has unique needs and goals, at Forward Transitions we understand that the process of therapy is as unique as each individual is.
Being a teen is hard. Tell your teen you love them and are proud of them.
Some research shows that teens are the highest stressed population in the United States. The teen years already bring about stress with physical changes, in addition to social stress, family stress, academic stress, extracurricular stress, and now social media stress. Some teens struggle with anxiety and depression as a result of these pressures. This can manifest as self-harm, drug use, poor self-esteem and poor decision making.
For therapy to be effective, teens need to feel that therapy is a safe and confidential place for them to talk and explore feelings and uncomfortable thoughts. A crucial component to a teen’s success is co-parenting therapy to ensure the parents are provided with the tools, boundaries, and assistance they need to help their child launch into being a full and independent individual. You can expect guidance to help you in setting boundaries, expectations, and rules with your teen while receiving the benefits of your teen being in therapy. Most teens are reluctant to include parents in therapy…but I hear “that wasn’t so bad, things are actually better,” once everyone is on the same page. Our goal is for your teen to become a happy, healthy, successful adult with the coping skills needed to handle life’s challenges.
Over the past couple years acknowledgements and referrals from our teen clients and their parents have shown us we have made a difference. As therapists, working with teens its very gratifying. Seeing them grow, finish high school and transitioning to college, makes us proud to be part of their growth.
How therapy would work.
For the first session at least one parent or guardian must attend. Both parents are preferred. If there is any custody paperwork a copy must be on file before therapy can continue with consent of both parents. During the first session we meet with the teen and parents, either for the first part of the session or for the whole session. Further sessions with parents may be required or can be requested. After the initial session, we can begin working with your teen on an individual basis. We check in with you on an “as needed” basis, or if you feel the need to contact us before that time comes, just reach out.
We will be happy to set up a consultation and provide you with an update without violating your teen’s confidentiality. We aim to create a sense of autonomy for your teen and try to keep the information they share as private as possible. Of course, we will reach out if there are any safety concerns.