Are you considering finding counseling for your teenager?
Not sure if your teen actually needs counseling?
Not sure where to begin finding counseling for your teen?
In this post I will list some indications that it may be time to find a counselor for your teen. I will also discuss a few points to consider when finding the right counselor as well as some resources that may help you in your search for counseling in Santa Rosa.
If you are concerned about your teenager, counseling may offer the support he needs. A continual pattern of depression, anxiety or other emotional problems may be signs that your teenager needs help. It can be difficult for teens to adjust to events such as divorce, moving or a death in the family.
Other stressful situations that you are not aware of may be troubling your teen. As a parent, you know your teen better than anyone and you can sense when he may need counseling.
Not all teens who experience stressful events need counseling. However, you might consider finding a counselor if your teen is showing signs of distress. These signs could include things like sudden falling grades, losing sleep, mood swings or depression. Your teen may benefit from counseling if they are showing behavioral problems, anxiety, outward displays of anger or other emotional challenges.
Many counselors specialize in working with certain issues. Finding the right counselor for your teen may involve searching for one that specializes in handling adolescent issues. For instance if your teen is having suicidal thoughts, you will need a therapist who specializes in the treatment of teen depression. The more experience the counselor has in dealing with teens and their families, the better the chance that your teen will benefit from the counseling.
Personality is an important consideration when finding a counselor for your teen. If your teen can make a positive emotional connection with their counselor it will increase the likelihood that they will be able to take advantage of the therapeutic relationship. If your teen dislikes his counselor, it is likely there will be little benefit in seeing them.
Counseling is an investment of time and finances in the well being of your teenager. You may have to meet several counselors before finding one with whom they are compatible.
There are resources available to help in finding a counselor for your teen. You can talk to someone at your teen’s school for recommendations. Your teen’s pediatrician may have suggestions of counselors that they can recommend.
You can also utilize online resources to find counseling in Santa Rosa. There are several websites offering directories and referrals for counseling in Santa Rosa, such as Psychologytoday.com and Goodtherapy.org.
Do you have questions about whether a teen in your life could benefit from counseling in Santa Rosa?
Give me a call at (707) 520-4357 and I would be happy to help you in any way that I can.