Adolescent Therapy in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Lake Worth, and Boynton Beach with Andrea Perlin, Licensed Mental Health Therapist
There is nothing more painful than watching your adolescent child struggle and not know how to make it easier for them. Your adolescent can benefit from therapy with a therapist when they need to talk about the stress of being a teenager today. It is normal for teens to begin to pull away from their parents in an effort to separate and find their own identity. No matter how good your relationship is with your child, it is bound to change when your child becomes an adolescent. A family can experience a great deal of stress during this time. Teenagers can become moody, critical, and combative and shut-down in their communication.
The adolescent is developing abstract thinking which is a critical component of problem solving. Your teenager will begin to challenge your judgment and decisions and begin turning to their peers for advice, begin to test limits, rules and may remove themselves physically and emotionally from the family. During this time, parents can end up feeling shut out and misunderstood.
Signs of teens in trouble
Your teen becomes more secretive, and it seems like more than a desire for greater privacy
Your adolescent has extreme mood swings, from elation to depression or frustration and seems to sleep a lot more than usual at times.
Your teenager’s grades have suddenly dropped and your child has lost interest in usual activities.
Your child has suddenly changed his or her peer group and doesn’t seem to want you to meet these new friends.
Your teenager has stolen money from your wallet on regular occasions.
Your teen’s new friends have led to a distinct change in appearance (clothing, jewelry) and a change in attitude (more sullen, defiant, hostile).
Your adolescent has regular, sudden outbursts of anger that are out of proportion to whatever has caused the anger
Your teenager regularly misses curfew, does not show up when expected, and lies about his or her whereabouts.
As a therapist, I work with your teenager to communicate their needs differently and find workable solutions that reduces the stress the family has been under. Together the family learns how to respond more effectively to each other.