Paying privately for psychotherapy has many benefits for the client including privacy, control, security and expertise.
Are you concerned your child is wrestling with depression, anxiety, or an unhealthy eating pattern? Are they overly concerned about their weight or shape? Make excessively critical comments about their body? Seem more withdrawn or isolated than they used to be?
Are you unsure of how to help them, or struggling to understand what the problem is?
You're not alone. Young people face many pressures and, at times, the stress gets hard to manage in healthy productive ways. Any of us can get drawn into a maladaptive coping pattern, and it can spiral and escalate in such a way that it feels hard to break free of it. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, over half of teenage girls and close to a third of teenage boys have tried skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives to try and control their weight.
Many parents struggle to understand how to help their children.
Therapy helps adolescents in a number of ways. It allows them to develop a relationship with a trusted adult where they feel comfortable and understood. Within the security of that relationship, they can explore their thoughts and feelings, worries and concerns, interpersonal conflicts, and problem behaviors.
It is often a great relief to parents to know their son or daughter has someone, besides themselves, to turn to for support and feedback. Teens use therapy to work on relationship problems, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, family tensions, school conflicts, destructive behaviors, and other issues. Treatment can be short-term and specific, or longer-lasting and more generally targeted to improvements in overall self-esteem and emotional regulation.
Family sessions, with both the parents and the adolescent, can be scheduled periodically so that we can all talk together about how treatment is going, and discuss any questions or concerns anyone may have. In this way, the treatment of the adolescent can remain private, but the family can have a comfortable place to talk together, openly and honestly, with support and guidance, as needed.