Adolescent Counseling

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I offer one-on-one individual counseling for adolescents across the stages, from ages 9 and up, in my office in Bradenton, Florida. Depending on the symptoms and behaviors of concern during intake, I may recommend family counseling and/or parenting. The treatment plan is individualized to the family’s needs.

EARLY ADOLESCENCE (Ages 9-14)

What is a tween?

A tween is a someone who is in “between” a child and a teen, ages 9-12. Also known as the early or pre-adolescense stage.

What makes this age group unique?
They don’t want to be treated like a kid anymore. They want to be taken seriously and talked to as an adult. A lot of times they want to know everything even though they can’t process it yet. Even though they want all these things, they do act child-like because well, they are!

Some Common Issues for Pre-teens
Physical Changes
Identity Issues
Poor Self-Image
Uncontrollable Emotions
Disrespect/Talking back
Poor boundaries
Bullying/Cyberbullying
Self-Harm

MIDDLE & LATE ADOLESCENCE

Who is considered an adolescent (or teen)?
The teen years technically begin when children turn 13. The middle stage of adolescence ends at 17. The late adolescence stage is actually what we recognize as the beginning of adulthood. The kids like to think they are an full adult as soon as they turn 18, but the teen years extend as far as age 21. These are the years of preparation for adulthood. It’s a critical time for a child and an exhausting time for parents. A lot of growth happens in adolescence; not just physically but emotional and mental as well. This change doesn’t happen on it’s own, the more guidance from a trusted adult, the better.

Teen Issues
Physical Changes
Identity Issues
Poor Self-Image
Uncontrollable Emotions
Poor boundaries
Bullying/Cyberbullying
Self-Harm
Hormonal changes
Adjustments to high school
Peer Relationships
Romantic Relationships
Stress from school & hobbies
Transition to Work and/or College

The above are typical issues for this age group. Life adjustments such as divorce, death of a loved one, loss of status, and moving add stress to teens. As a result, anxiety and depression can result from such adjustments.

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