Teens often come to me dealing with internal confusion and turmoil. Many have experienced external loss or rejection from their peers, family, or school. Their pain typically manifests as:
- Low self-esteem
- Eating disorders
Most of us can remember the difficulty of our teenage years. One is not yet fully an adult, but is also no longer a child. In this transitional stage, adolescents desire both distance and closeness with their parents at the same time. This can be pretty darn confusing for everyone involved. I have had parents tell me:
- “I just don’t know who this kid is anymore!”
- “What happened to my sweet little boy and what do I do with this new person?”
Teen’s mixed signals can leave many parents feeling hurt, confused, and tempted to pull away. However, the truth is that teens need their parents more than ever as they journey closer to adulthood.
I enjoy providing an additional safe place and external structure for teens to process their internal confusion. My enduring goal is to see families heal and grow closer together.