Anxious Preteens and Teens
Do you have a teen who exhibits some of the following symptoms?
- withdraws from friendship groups and activities
- wants to be by his/herself more than usual
- eats less or more than usual
- refuses to go to school
- cries easily
- has less energy than usual
- experiences emotional ups and downs for no apparent reason
- getting easily upset and being aggressive
- finds it difficult to concentrate and stay focused
- makes errors in judgement
- has difficulty in remembering things
- becomes irrational and confused
- has trouble organizing and planning things
- complains of feeling sick a lot
The teen years can be challenging, not only for parents, but teenagers as well. Some stress, mood changes, and behavioral issues are to be expected. However, if you notice your teens is exhibiting signs of being anxious on a daily basis, it may be time to seek some help.
How therapy can help:
- Teach teens how to relax via different methods of relaxation and what relaxation feels like versus feeling stressed
- Help your teen figure out what people, places, and things are triggers for your teen feeling anxious
- Identify negative thought patterns that contribute to feelings of anxiety
- Introduce your teens to new ways of looking at anxiety as well as ways to manage the fear
Teens in Transition
Do you have an anxious preteen or teen starting middle school or high school?
Is your anxious teen or adult child about to leave home for college or to live on his/her own?
Are you concerned your child may not having the skills to deal with the stress and anxiety of going to a new school or living on her own?
I work with teens and young adults to help them develop skills to smoothly transition to middle school, high school, college or the “real world”. I also work with parents to develop strong, supportive relationships with their teen and adult children. This includes:
- when to actively help and when to step back,
- what are appropriate boundaries and how to implement them,
- how to transition to the role of empty-nester.
Low Executive Functioning Teens
Executive functioning allows us to plan, organize tasks and implement them. Some teens appear lazy and unable to do these things mentioned above. Some appear to lack motivation. Yet, many teens simply don’t have the skills to cognitively perform at an age appropriate level.
How therapy helps with low executive functioning teens is that it can:
- introduce flexibility in thinking
- increase self control
- help with be able to plan and execute tasks
- develop a greater sense of self awareness