Mental health counseling offers a supportive space for adolescents to navigate the complex journey to adulthood.
The teenage years are often met with a rollercoaster of emotions. Between hormones, school stress, and social pressures, this time can be a perfect storm for the development of mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression.
Fortunately, teens don’t have to navigate this rocky journey alone. Sunstone has counselors specialized in connecting with teens to help them process emotions, overcome challenges, and develop healthy coping skills.
Common areas we address in adolescent counseling include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Behavioral issues and emotional dysregulation
- School refusal
- Self-harm and suicidal ideation
- Family, sibling, and/or peer conflict
- Parental separation or divorce
Your teen is not alone. Adolescent counseling is available.
Our counselors are trained in therapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness, which are proven to be helpful in working with adolescents.
While therapy will primarily take place between your teen and his/her/their counselor, parents and other family members may be involved in the counseling process.
Find a counselor to be a companion on the complex journey of growth and self-discovery for your teen.
Teens may benefit from mental health counseling for a variety of reasons, including:
- Coping with stress and anxiety: Counseling can help teens identify sources of stress and develop strategies to process and overcome stressors.
- Improving relationships: Teens may gain tools for addressing challenges in relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
- Addressing emotional or behavioral issues: Teens who struggle with emotional regulation, impulsiveness, or other behavioral problems can learn effective strategies for managing these difficulties.
- Dealing with traumatic experiences: Counseling can help teens who have experienced trauma, abuse, or loss process their experiences and move forward in a healthy way.
- Supporting identity development: The adolescent years can be a time of intense identity exploration and self-discovery, and counseling can provide a safe space for teens to explore their thoughts and feelings.
- Improving academic performance: Mental health issues can interfere with academic performance, and counseling can help teens address these challenges and achieve their full potential.
Upcoming Support Groups for Teens
Sunstone offers several support groups as a safe and non-judgmental space for teens to develop coping strategies as well as relate to peers experiencing similar challenges.
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