Teens, Adolescents, and The Parent-Child Conflict
Adolescence can be one of the most challenging experiences faced by both teens and their parents. During this time, adolescents are learning to navigate through the enormous physical and emotional changes that are taking place while striving to grow into self-reliable, independent adults.
As parents, we learn to nurture and protect our children as they grow from infants into children by placing rules and boundaries on them. We do this as a way of keeping them safe and close to our sides. As the adolescent years approach, our children begin to push away and develop a sense of independence through peer relationships and participating in risky behaviors. During this time, parents can begin to feel a sense of panic and fear, as their former way of parenting is now not working as it once was. It is an emotional and trying time for all.
However annoying, many changes in adolescent behavior can be normal such as an increase in arguing, moody behavior, and becoming somewhat rebellious. It is when these behaviors increase to a point outside of a parent’s control that concerns may develop. Some concerns to be on the lookout for include depression, peer-relationship problems, emotional and behavioral problems, low self-esteem, anxiety, self injury, and increased bouts of anger and irritability.
Parenting should be a rewarding experience. If you are feeling overwhelmed and out of control, please do not hesitate to call and schedule an appointment today.
“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride a bike. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” – Sloan Wilson
At Mindful Counseling, we have much experience working with young adults. During this time in one’s life, questions about one’s self and future begin to surface. This can feel quite overwhelming. Who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to do with my life? These are all real, valid questions that many young adults struggle with at times. Often, with little support or guidance, anxiety or depression can kick in with overwhelming pressure or angst to come up with an answer or have direction. At Mindful Counseling, we are passionate about providing a safe, comfortable environment in which you can process through these questions or concerns. Our hope is to help you gain confidence in where you are and where you are going by gaining more self-awareness and learning to take confident steps toward your future.
Let’s just be honest. Adult-life is messy and full of unexpected surprises. As an adult, we are expected to juggle a plethora of things, all the while maintaining balance and overall well-being. A lot of times, that is not the way it works out. At Mindful Counseling, we strive to meet each person where they are at, identifying concerns for them and creating a unique plan to help them reach their goals. This may look like gaining balance back into your lives. Or it may be working through an event that took you totally by surprise. Whatever you are facing, you are not alone. Let Mindful Counseling be a support for you-providing a compassionate, non-judgmental environment where you can process through your emotions and thoughts and learn effective tools to help you help yourself!
Disorders and Specialty Services
Many of our clients have already been diagnosed with a disorder such as bipolar, borderline personality, obsessive compulsive or opposition defiant disorder and are seeking ongoing counseling to manage these conditions. Our staff can help.