What’s What Wednesday: Adolescent therapy and Clinical Social Work
Providing therapy to adolescents, age 13-17, is one of the many populations that social workers commonly work with. According to the National Institute on Mental Illness (NAMI) about 4 million children and adolescents experience a mental health issue that significantly impairs them at home, school, or in their social groups. With all of the changes teenagers go through such as puberty, transitioning from middle school to high school, changes during these often volatile adolescent years may strain parent-adolescent relationships, especially when new behaviors go beyond experimentation and cause problems at school or home, or if emotional highs and lows persist and lead to experiences such as anxiety or depression. Therapy for adolescents is highly sought after by teens, parents, teachers, and school guidance counselors. Licensed Clinical Social Workers are able to provide the adolescents with coping strategies, education, empowerment, and determination to overcome social and personal difficulties.
This week Sunshine State Counseling Center has compiled a list of ways the Licensed Clinical Social Workers can assist adolescents during the therapeutic process.
- Therapy offers support when adolescents are going through difficult times such as:
- Relationship issues
- Grief and Loss
- Domestic violence
- Parental divorce or separation.
- The birth of a sibling.
- The death of a loved one, such as a family member or a pet.
- Physical or sexual abuse.
- Poverty or homelessness.
- Natural disaster.
- Moving to a new place or attending a new school.
- Being physically or emotionally bullied.
- Taking on more responsibility than is age-appropriate.
- Therapy can also offer support and solutions to teens who are dealing with:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Low Self-esteem
- Attention difficulties (ADD/ADHD)
- Behavioral issues
To learn more about adolescent therapy and clinical social work, please call for a free phone consultation to (239)495-7722