You have noticed changes in your teen’s behavior and mood and are worried about how they are doing. You are not quite sure what is causing their distress but you think it might be anxiety. Your teen is going though a lot right now. I want you to take a moment and place yourself in your teen’s shoes. Imagine when YOU were a teen! Right now your teen is dealing with:

  • Hormone shifts affecting how they sleep, feel, and look (and you know they are obsessed with how they look)
  • Having people treat them like a child but expecting them to act responsibly like an adult (without giving them the fun perks of an adult )
  • Trying to get used to virtual school during COVID-19
  • Having an endless amount of limitations to how they can socialize with their friends in person or being outside due to COVID-19
  • No wonder they are feeling stressed out and anxious!

 

All of these factors above could be contributing to your teen feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. Read below to learn about some signs that a teen might show when they are struggling with anxiety. Your teen does not need to show all signs.

 

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How anxiety can show up in teens

  • Spends a lot of time worrying
  • Has a difficult time concentrating and focusing
  • Constantly spending time worrying about that the future and how things will turn out badly
  • Gets really anxious before a test 
  • Has less of an appetite than they used to
  • Does not want to be left alone. (Feels better if  parents or loved ones are constantly around)
  • Gets overwhelmed easily
  • Wants to avoid doing school work, hanging out with friends, or participating in activities
  • Worries about the safety of their loved ones and fears something bad will happen to them (parents/siblings/or even themselves)
  • Has been having a hard time sleeping/insomnia
  • Nervous something is wrong with their health. (Might even go so far as feeling convinced there is something wrong.)

 

 

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Cognitive Behavioral therapy for teens

If you recognized some of the signs above in your teen, then your child might be struggling with anxiety. I would love the opportunity to work with your child to help them gain practical skills to learn to cope better with their stress and anxiety. In counseling your teen will learn to change the negative thinking which has caused their anxiety. I will teach them specific techniques to shift their thinking patterns to be more rational, healthy, and positive.

 

Your child will also learn multiple relaxation skills they can use on a daily basis to combat their anxiety and stress level. These relaxation tools will help your teen learn how to: slow their racing thoughts, improve their focus, quiet their mind, and improve their sleep. Even manage all that crazy teen moodiness better lol.

 

My approach to counseling is based on Cognitive Behavioral therapy. It is solution focused and brief. I explain how it works and my 3 part system I use with my clients. I use this approach whether working with adults or teens.

 

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I want you to take a moment and place yourself in your teen’s shoes. Your teen is going though a lot right now. Imagine when YOU were a teen! Right now your teen is dealing with:

  • Hormone shifts affecting how they sleep, feel, and look (and you know they are obsessed with how they look)
  • Having people treat them like a child but expecting them to act responsibly like an adult (without giving them the fun perks of an adult lol)
  • Trying to get used to virtual school during COVID-19
  • Having an endless amount of limitations to how they can socialize with their friends in person or being outside due to COVID-19
  • No wonder they are feeling stressed out and anxious!

 

Specializing in teen anxiety therapy in Ft. Lauderdale

I understand that anxiety does not happen in a bubble. Your child’s anxiety might be spilling over into other areas of their life and making things more difficult. In addition to working with your teen to deal with anxiety I can also work with them on:

  • Self-esteem
  • Decision making
  • Social skills and communication skills
  • Peer relationships & peer pressure
  • Academic performance
  • Time management & organizational skills
  • Preparing for college

 

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Imagine How Great It Will Be When…

  • Your child is able to manage their own stress and anxiety so that they are more focused with school work and at home
  • Their anxiety stops negatively affecting their school performance
  • Your teen feels more confident and comfortable socializing with other children their age
  • Your child is sleeping better throughout the night
  • Your own stress about their well being is lifted because they are at their happiest and best

 

Your child deserves to learn effective techniques to get relief from their anxiety. To schedule their first appointment, or for a free 20 minute phone consultation contact me at 954-526-4006.

 

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