Teen-Counseling-michelle-cox-denver-coloradoDo You Feel Stressed, Lost or Unsupported In School or At Home?

  • Are you feeling stressed about pressure to perform at school, to “deal” with family troubles or stand up to your friends who are pushing you to do things you really don’t want to?
  • Has life changed for you or you’re grieving a loss and you don’t feel as though anyone really understands what you’re going through?
  • Is it difficult to stay motivated or are you finding yourself in a funk all of the time? Have you lost interest in doing things that you used to enjoy?
  • Perhaps you’re in a gifted and talented program at school and you feel as though you don’t fit in with your schoolmates. Or your parents just don’t understand that you’d like to have some “down time” doing things you love – and that doesn’t mean academics!

As a teen, you are experiencing lots of changes and some can be more difficult to manage on your own than others. You may have found that it’s hard to talk with your parents or friends, feeling like they just don’t get it or that you need to deal with your challenges alone. Do you wish you could feel independent as well as supported?

If you are the parent of a teen who is struggling, you may feel worn out, as if you were experiencing your teen’s roller coaster of emotions directly. Facing the feelings of frustration and helplessness that come with not being able to “fix it” for your teen can be heartbreaking. You wish you could help as your child tries to cope with emotional outbursts, manage sadness or grief and deal with stress and anxiety. Teen counseling can provide the connection your teen is searching for, and the reassurance you need as your teen works through his or her challenges.

Many Teens Benefit from Teen Counseling

Teen counseling can help by providing a special place and time for you to talk about your feelings and problems with an experienced therapist. In our work together, you will have a chance to learn more about yourself and new ways to deal with stress. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to discover the best way to handle the complex emotions associated with grief or a difficult family situation. By starting teen counseling, you take the first step to receive the guidance, expertise and support you need to work through whatever challenges you are facing. 

Teen Counseling can help you manage … 

… Grief or Loss

All losses hold grief for us. As a teen, you may have experienced family changes such as your parents’ separation or divorce. Perhaps you have moved or changed schools and had to leave an amazing group of friends behind. You may be trying to cope with the death of someone close to you, or a pet that has been your best friend. Perhaps you tried to block out your loss, listening to well-intentioned people who say that you have to “move on” or “get over it”. But that doesn’t work for you. You keep thinking about the sadness and the pain in your heart. You want to be able to express your feelings as you grieve, but you may not know how. You need a safe place and an experienced therapist who can guide you through your grief and help you start on the path to recovery.

… Anxiety or Stress

When anxiety or stresses are unmanageable, they can affect your daily life in a negative way. Stress may be the result of a family problem, a health concern or struggles with school or friends. It can show up as worry, excessive nervousness or fearfulness and uncertainty. Stress can also affect you physically, and you may feel sick to your stomach, your heart may race and pound or you may have trouble sleeping. The good news is that it is possible to find relief. Teen counseling provides an opportunity to learn new skills to help change your patterns of thought and beliefs. Those changes will help you take control of your thoughts and feelings, so you can lead a more settled, balanced life. 

… Pressures of Being Gifted and Talented

One characteristic of being gifted is the unique and increased stress that comes from a combination of self-imposed and societal pressures. As a gifted teen, you face these pressures in the classroom and at home, and you’re well aware of the challenges they bring. Additionally, you may experience emotional and social difficulties related to your giftedness. You may struggle to deal with perfectionism and self-criticism. Or perhaps you realize that, even now, as a teen, you struggle to make and keep friends. Teen counseling will help you learn to manage stress, gain self-awareness and build social and life skills.

I have worked to improve individual and family issues for over 20 years, helping countless clients achieve positive change and personal growth. Establishing a relationship built on trust and effective communication is the foundation for our productive therapeutic work together. By listening to your story I can help you develop solutions that work for your situation, rather than telling you what steps you need to take. My dual careers as a therapist as well as a former educator for gifted and talented students allow me to bring real life experience, understanding and compassion to the challenges you face.

But, you may still have questions or concerns about teen counseling …

If I go to therapy, does that mean I’m crazy?

No, it does not mean that you’re crazy. Therapists are trained to help teens learn more about themselves and find ways to overcome challenges and difficulties in their lives. If you had a physical or medical problem, you would see a medical doctor who would help you get better. Seeing a therapist for teen counseling is like that – the therapist helps you find a solution or work through whatever situation or issue you are experiencing.

You’re going to be just like all the other adults in my life and tell me what to do!

It may be that there have been a lot of adults trying to convince you to do things their way. But working with a therapist is not about them telling you what to do. I have always been clear that it’s not my place to tell anyone what they should do. By listening to your story, I will begin to understand what you’re struggling with. By working together in teen counseling, I can help you find your way to healing and solutions that work for you.

Will you tell my parents what we talk about?

It is important that you know I respect your privacy, and what we talk about in your therapy session will be confidential. For teen counseling to work, it is necessary for you to feel safe and to trust that you can say what you feel. The only way I would share information with anyone else (including your parents) is if you give me permission. The exception to this is if you told me about a situation where you were hurt in the past and hadn’t told anyone, or if there is a danger of you harming yourself or others.

It Is Possible To Find A Solution To Your Concern Or Problem …

If you are ready to begin learning how to manage and overcome your challenges, or if you still have questions about teen counseling, I invite you to contact me to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation. You may either call 303-563-7028 or contact me here. I look forward to speaking with you.