Counseling for Teens

Is it becoming harder to motivate your teen to get out of bed in the morning or participate in what used to be their favorite hobbies or extracurricular activities?
Do they seem overwhelmed, hopeless, or depressed when talking about the future?
Is their anxiety affecting their performance in school or their ability to make friends?
Are you as a parent feeling lost and guilty because you don’t know what to do to help them?

Being a teenager is hard. Pressures such as fitting in, navigating their first breakup, or bullying, can drastically impact their lives at home and in the classroom. On top of that, teens are expected to make big life decisions surrounding college, careers, or whether college is even the right path for them.

During this time, teens are going through a huge amount of personal growth and development. They are forming their own opinions, emotions, and beliefs while developing a sense of self. Through this shift, relationships between teens and their parents can become strained as they crave more independence. They may feel like nobody understands what they are going through, which can cause an intense amount of anxiety.

Navigating all of this at once – on top of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and other obligations can be overwhelming and stressful for many teens. It’s important to note when this stress begins to affect their daily lives, it may be a sign that something more serious is going on.

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Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Teens

Your teen may be experiencing…

  • Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and despair about the future
  • Irritability and impatience
  • Low self-esteem or body image
  • Decreased motivation to attend school or do schoolwork
  • Extreme nervousness or anxiety that prevents them from being able to enjoy regular activities (such as going out with a group of friends)
  • Extreme fatigue/exhaustion or insomnia
  • Confusion about who they are
  • Thoughts of suicide and self-harm

Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Teens

Your teen may be experiencing…

  • Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and despair about the future
  • Irritability and impatience
  • Low self-esteem or body image
  • Decreased motivation to attend school or do schoolwork
  • Extreme nervousness or anxiety that prevents them from being able to enjoy regular activities (such as going out with a group of friends)
  • Extreme fatigue/exhaustion or insomnia
  • Confusion about who they are
  • Thoughts of suicide and self-harm

Counseling for Teens is a Proven Way to Help

Your teen may feel self-conscious, insecure, or nervous about attending counseling, and that is completely normal! Mental health issues are more common in teens than many people realize – but it’s treatable. Our expert clinicians are passionate about helping teens. We welcome each unique individual to our judgment-free, compassionate environment.

Our staff comes from a wide array of specialties, to help each client overcome whatever it is that they are going through. It is our mission to foster emotional and personal growth through personalized therapy.

 

Counseling Can Help Teens Through a Variety of Difficult Situations

Therapy for teens is proven to help with help:

  • Feelings of depression, anxiousness, or hopelessness about the future
  • Loss of motivation to attend school or do schoolwork
  • Big life changes such as their parents’ divorce, the transition from middle to high school, or switching to a new school altogether
  • Loss a loved one or an important relationship
  • Conflicts between teens and parents
  • Uncertain self-identity or low self-esteem
  • Social anxiety when interacting with peers
  • Academic difficulties

Counseling Can Help Teens Through a Variety of Difficult Situations

Therapy for teens is proven to help with help:

  • Feelings of depression, anxiousness, or hopelessness about the future
  • Loss of motivation to attend school or do schoolwork
  • Big life changes such as their parents’ divorce, the transition from middle to high school, or switching to a new school altogether
  • Loss a loved one or an important relationship
  • Conflicts between teens and parents
  • Uncertain self-identity or low self-esteem
  • Social anxiety when interacting with peers
  • Academic difficulties

Parents Role in Your Teen’s Counseling

We understand the importance of a healthy family dynamic. Parents often come to us frustrated that they are unable to connect or communicate with their teen. It’s important to understand that you and your teen are not alone. While you may be feeling more distant from your child, they’re also trying to manage the developmental stages of life. 

Our clinicians work to help you understand the process of therapy, so that you have a better understanding of normal teenage behaviors and emotions. We focus on helping parents shift from a “director” to a “facilitator”, to foster an independent, self-reliant teenager. Through this method, we inspire teens to become fully capable of thriving on their own. The next step for you teen may be college, and it’s important to encourage healthy behaviors for this milestone. We invite you to begin this introductory process through a parent consultation. 

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Counseling for Teens in St. Petersburg, FL

Whether your teen is finding it hard to balance their responsibilities, struggling to make friends, or experiencing low-self esteem, we are here to help you navigate this transition. Teen depression and anxiety is more common than you think – which is why we strive to help them feel better. Call McNulty Counseling today to begin the journey to recovery!

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