Is it really as hard as it looks to find a good therapist? No. Without a doubt, you can find committed and high quality therapists who know how to provide effective care with consistency and integrity.
Staring into the face of these kinds of gut-wrenching questions and devastating grief and loss caused by suicide, I’m moved to talk about hopeful responses coming from individual choices and societal transformations. I want to talk about what’s working.
So, how DO you pick a therapist for your teen?
If you’re a teen or a parent of a teen, you might want to consider attending one of Restoring Relationships’ groups, where the feeling of connection and belonging breaks the isolation and loneliness that creeps up this time of year.
Change is most possible when we feel uncomfortable. Therapy for teens is powerfully about self-advocacy that, when put into motion, realizes potential.
Crisis, noun: A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. Support, verb: To give assistance to; enable to function or act.
Families can’t do crisis alone. Human beings are uniquely equipped with millions of neural pathways that are designed to seek out, make, and keep regular, frequent, and multiple connections with other humans, and they’re needed most in times of crisis.
Divorce or separation has best intentions- to re-create happiness, to acknowledge change, and to experience hope and renewed love.
But children and teens have the least access, and the most obstacles, to experiencing the best intentions of the change divorce and separation bring to families. And, as with any transition, there can be confusion, uncertainty, heightened emotions, and lots and lots of misunderstanding.
Every day I’m reminded of the fierce, creative, and unending love parents have for their teenagers. This is about how to stay connected to that love if you’re parenting a depressed teen over the holidays.
Parenting teens can be exhausting and painful. Sometimes, vulnerability is at its peak when we make mistakes with them. How being grateful for finding forgiveness can ease the sting.
How do I help my teenager stop vaping? The consequences of a vaping habit are swift, but creating accessible resources has not kept pace. I am so lucky to be surrounded by devoted and intelligent mental health coworkers and colleagues, who helped me compile these guidelines to support parenting a vaping habit.
Belonging. It’s a powerful antidote for feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and sadness. Your teen already knows how to create belonging to combat feelings of depression-find out more!
Easy? No. But doable. A thoughtful conversation about the use of social media by adolescents, if it is linked to depression, and how to parent it with awareness and connection.
Almost always, everything IS fine. But just in case, here’s five tips to guide you through parenting a teenager who is always in their room.
Parenting is really hard work, and big time taps into how WE were parented. Adding a huge dose of compassion allows us to make mistakes and forgive ourselves.
Self injury or self harm takes on many forms, and is a common form of emotional expression among adolescents. You can tell when teens self injure for self expression and when it is a suicide attempt.
Parents know when their teen is feeling down. We feel the depression as if it was our own; it’s the first feeling that comes to the surface when the alarm rings and it’s the last thing we’re ruminating about when falling sleep. This is not about parental ignorance, because as far as I see, there’s no such thing.
Let’s walk together. In our families, friend groups, work groups, and school groups. Let’s not do this alone. Let’s encourage and companion each other and use our arms and our voices and our hearts to talk, think, and act on reducing the stigma of suicide. Here’s how.
Take heart. You can try something new when you need to communicate with your teenager, and it could make you feel closer and understood.
Parents need support, encouragement, and transparency when it comes to facing this difficult topic.
Household aggression. It’s a really, really difficult topic to discuss, and profoundly difficult to experience.