It’s hard to be a teen

Especially today, especially in a world where there remains so much uncertainty. Teens are among the forever-impacted generations affected by the pandemic, and we’re still learning about the social and mental health deficits experienced by this generation.

Just like the rest of us, teens have not been sheltered from the relentless life changes thrust upon us in the past few years. They’ve questioned the future just as much as we have, and teens have been forced to pay the cost in uncertainty, stress, and incredible, life-altering loss.

It’s hard to know how this will affect them in the future. What we do know, is that teens are struggling right now.

It’s hard to be the parent of a teen

These teenage years are an essential time for self-discovery, identity formation, and social development.  Even pre-pandemic, with raging hormones, spiraling emotions, strained family relationships, and school pressures…is there a way to make it through this stage unscathed?Most teenagers experience inner conflict, frustration, and doubt as they attempt to cope with peer relationships, school demands, difficult decisions, and complicated family dynamics.

Often they feel like they are alone or that no one understands them, intensifying the challenges they face and their sense of overwhelming stress, which we might eventually call depression or anxiety.

During this age, adolescents may isolate themselves from their loved ones, making it challenging for families to connect or communicate their support.

When your attempts to help don’t seem to be working, turn to the experts in teen counseling.

Common signs that your teenager may benefit from counseling

They seem to be self-isolating from you and from their friends

They experience anxiety & consistently worry about the future

You notice more frequent anger outbursts or irritability

Extended grief and sadness about losses, & threats of self-harm

Problems with school or increased defiance at home

Trouble sleeping, low self-esteem, or other  depression symptoms

The Teen Years Are Tough . . . Let Us Help

WILL TEEN COUNSELING HELP MY FAMILY?
Common Concerns About Starting Teen Counseling
Will Teen Counseling Help My Family?

Nerves Are Normal!

How Can Counseling For Teens Help?

Common Concerns About Starting Teen Counseling

What Does Teen Counseling Look Like?

Your Concerns

Your Teen’s Concerns

How Much Will I Be Involved?

Since this does involve minors, counseling for teens does need to include parental guardians and possibly additional family members. The level of involvement can be decided case by case as the teens are assessed for mental health concerns, and as we build a treatment plan.

When the whole family is involved, this allows us to understand the family dynamics much quicker and serves to help create a healthy environment outside of the therapy office where true change takes place.

Your participation in the process and willingness to connect them with the help that they need will speak volumes to your teen. It will help them know that you take their concerns seriously and are willing to be a part of the solution.

Begin Teen Counseling in Chicago Today!

Our online platform makes it easy to schedule your first appointment, and our telehealth platform makes it easy to get connected with an experienced therapist who works with teens in either the Chicago or Arlington Heights area today!

Our Teen Therapists

Kate Kelley Schneider

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

West Loop
Arlington Heights
Lincoln Park

Christina Bell

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Arlington Heights

Maribeth Germino

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Arlington Heights

Patricia Lutz

Licensed Professional Counselor

Arlington Heights

Wes Walker

Licensed Social Worker

Roscoe Village

Aaron Graham

Licensed Professional Counselor

West Loop

Erik Shookman

Licensed Social Worker

West Loop
Roscoe Village

Kaila Zimmerman-Moscovitch

Licensed Social Worker

Arlington Heights

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