Scott A. Boles, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
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Adolescent Psychotherapy

Adolescents can behave in ways that confuse, worry, and even irritate their parents. With the onset of puberty, increased pressures from peers, and greater academic demands in school, adolescents are confronted with many new challenges which they may feel ill-equipped to handle with the coping skills they learned as children. Sometimes their troubling behavior is simply a reaction to temporary stresses in their lives. But sometimes their problems do not go away by themselves and require professional help. 

Such adolescents may have difficulties in school, trouble maintaining friendships, or constantly fight with their parents. Some adolescents may be rebellious while others are more prone to become withdrawn and suffer silently. They may be underachieving in school, have difficulties concentrating, worry excessively, become depressed, have angry outbursts, or even experiment with alcohol, drugs, or promiscuity.    

Since many adolescents are reluctant to let their parents help them with their problems, a unique approach to therapy is required that respects their desire for greater privacy and autonomy. By discussing their problems in a relationship with a neutral adult, such as a psychologist, adolescents are given an opportunity to gain insight into their problems, develop more effective coping skills, and restore positive relationships with their parents, teachers, and peers. 

Even though adolescents typically prefer to work independently of their parents in therapy, it is important to recognize that parents continue to be an important influence in their lives. Therefore, periodic and transparent communication between the parents, the adolescent, and the psychologist is essential to a successful outcome.   
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