Navigating the turbulent waters of adolescence can be challenging for teenagers and adults who care for them. As a Teen and Millennial therapist, I have the privilege of creating safe spaces to help teens discover answers to complex questions like, "Who am I?" and "Where do I fit in?" These questions often coincide with emotional, physical, and cognitive transitions during the teenage years.
If you're seeking actionable tips to support your teenager on their journey, here are four valuable ways you, as a parent, caregiver, educator, or mentor, can provide guidance:
Identify Mental Health and Wellness Services
Seek out psychology departments and counseling centers in your area.Sometimes, support means connecting your teen with resources that can nurture their emotional and mental well-being. Look for support groups where they can connect with peers experiencing similar challenges. Knowing they're not alone can be a profound relief for your teen.
Be Supportive of Independence and Individuality
Prioritize College Mental Health