It is not unusual for parents to be concerned about their teen’s emotional and behavioral development, and from time to time deal with their adolescent’s displays of anger, sadness, anxiety, non-compliance, or difficulty in peer relationships. However, when such problems are difficult for parents to cope with or when problems begin to adversely affect academic performance, personal adjustment, or social and family relationships, then professional treatment and intervention can be beneficial in addressing these issues. Research suggests that early identification and intervention for adolescents exhibiting emotional or behavioral difficulties is crucial in order to reduce the negative effects on academic and social adjustment.
At North Durham Professional Counsellors, we provide psychological treatment and intervention services to children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, emotional and developmental issues including:
- Parenting /Behavioral Problems
- Learning /Academic Concerns
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Anger Management
- Family Transitions such as Separation/Divorce and Bereavement
Therapeutic approaches for adolescents are tailored to the needs of the individual adolescent and utilize evidence-based interventions recognized as being most effective. For adolescents, “talking-based” self-instructional and problem solving approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be effective in resolving behavioural or emotional issues. Treatment interventions for adolescents must be multifaceted and comprehensive and include working not only with the adolescent, but also with parents, school personnel, and other important family members. An important part of adolescent therapy is supporting parents in their role, and offer parenting support, advice and ideas to help their teen.