Counseling for Adolescents & Teens

at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids

Considering the wide range of challenges that adolescents and teens may face, receiving therapy might be the best possible solution to help them learn about their feelings, get more comfortable with their changing identities, and understand their needs and preferences better.

Adolescence is indeed one of the most challenging periods of time. Why? Because the transition from childhood to adulthood is accompanied by significant physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. But did you know that adolescents and teens tend to experience more intense emotions than adults? 

Even though parents might sometimes think that their children exaggerate their reactions to some events during adolescence, the truth is that physiological and psychological changes at that age often confuse teenagers, which, in turn, negatively affects their mental health.

Considering the wide range of challenges that adolescents and teens may face, receiving therapy might be the best possible solution to help them learn about their feelings, get more comfortable with their changing identities, and understand their needs and preferences better.

Adolescent and teen-focused therapy at Health for Life Counseling in Grand Rapids, MI, Ada, MI and Online in Michigan can help them constructively deal with their challenges and find ways to live mentally balanced lives.

Adolescents And Teens

Prevalence of Mental Health Issues Among Teens

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), every 1 in 7 teenagers experiences some kind of mental health disorder. It turns out that anxiety disorders are the most common among adolescents, as 3.6% of 10-14 year-olds and 4.6% of 15-19 year-olds in the US have to deal with various types of anxiety disorders. Furthermore, depression and behavioral disorders are the leading mental health issues among teens in the world, followed by suicide, which is the 4th leading cause of death in this age group.

And these are just a few of the numerous mental health challenges people worldwide tend to face during their teen years. In most cases, all of these behavioral, emotional, or cognitive problems in teens and adolescents remain unsolved and extend to adulthood. As a result, individuals are limited to living life to the fullest during adulthood.

However, adolescents who receive therapy and work with professional psychologists or social workers report reduced symptoms of their issues and better overall mental and emotional well-being (Baker et al., 2021).

Common Challenges Adolescents and Teens Might Face

Adolescence is the period when many new challenges arise in our lives. Unfortunately, not every teenager understands how to develop effective coping strategies and faces numerous social, emotional, or cognitive pressures without feeling overwhelmed. This situation can result in specific mental health issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, attention problems, unsatisfying social skills, or low self-esteem. 

That’s why they require help from professional therapists or counselors. Here are some of the most common challenges adolescents and teens often face in the modern world:

  • Stress and anxiety – Intensive hormonal changes, increased responsibilities at school, and the process of developing new identities are common reasons teens often experience severe anxiety and stress.
  • Low self-esteem – Teenagers with unsatisfying relationships with their parents or friends often find it hard to adapt to their new lifestyle without developing mental health problems.
  • Eating disorders – High social standards often lead to body image struggles among teenagers. If this problem is left untreated, the chances of developing an eating disorder drastically increase.
  • Bullying and other social problems – Adolescence is when fitting in with peers becomes a part of everyday life. As a result of diverse circumstances, teens often experience bullying, peer pressure, and problems in social relationships.
  • Mood disorders – Adolescence is one of the most common risk groups for developing mood disorders such as depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, or other affective disorders.
Common Challenges Adolescents And Teens Might Face​

How Can Therapy Help Adolescents/Teens?

Recent studies prove that therapy is an effective way for teens to deal with various emotional, cognitive, and behavioral struggles. For instance, a 2021 study published in BMC Psychiatry proved that cognitive-behavioral therapy effectively reduced symptoms of depression in adolescents (Walter et al., 2021). Therefore, if you notice that your loved ones in their teens are experiencing difficulties, consulting with our qualified therapists might be the best option to help them cope.

Counseling at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids will help young people learn healthy ways to cope with their mental health problems, learn strategies to deal with future difficulties, and improve their quality of life.

The following are some of the typical results of therapy at Health for Life Counseling for teens and adolescents:

  • A better understanding of their feelings
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Being comfortable with the image of their body
  • Understanding the root causes of stress and anxiety
  • Getting emotional support
  • Improved communication skills with their peers
  • Deepening relationships with their family members
  • Feel comfortable while expressing themselves
  • Accepting their identities
  • Developing adaptive coping strategies
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Therapists at Health for Life Counseling will help your teens with:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma-related emotions
  • Anger and behavioral problems
  • Grief or loss
  • Negative body image or eating disorders
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Bullying
  • Peer and academic pressure
  • Substance use issues

Whether you are a new or seasoned parent, each life stage comes with its own challenges. Reaching out does not mean you are a defective parent. Instead, it means that you are taking steps to be the best supporter you can be for your child. From postpartum depression in new parents to grief in recent empty-nesters, our counselors can give you tools to cope with whatever challenges you are facing.

Therapists that specialize in working with Adolescents / Teens In Grand Rapids, MI:

Therapists For For Adolescents & Teens

Kathryn Barcelona

Therapy for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, issues, substance use recovery, etc.

Brittani Decess

Counseling through a trauma-informed, inclusive, and equitable lens for individuals, relationships, and families.

Katy Jaramillo

Counseling and Art Therapy for Adults and Teens: Empowerment and Healing from Medical and Neurological Trauma + Existential Concerns

Sarah Denick

Counseling & EMDR Therapy for Women

Stephen Lovell, Counseling Intern

Person-Centered Counseling for Children, Teens, and Adults

Taylor Mize

Empowering Survivors to Heal and Use Their Voice

Brendan Cole

EMDR for Performance & Trauma Recovery, Couples Therapy, Premarital Counseling

Lauren Huisman-Woy

Serving Children, Teens, Families, and Adults with Compassionate Counseling including EMDR and TF-CBT

Lindsey Beaver

Trauma Informed Counseling & EMDR for Teens, Young Adults and Adults

Gabby Cook

Compassionate, Trauma-Informed Therapist for Adults on their Path of Self-Discovery and Growth

Dana Kennedy

Relational, trauma-informed, strengths-based therapy with a foundation of authenticity and hospitality to heal and grow

Natalie Julien

Integrative, Intuitive, Mindfulness-Based,Trauma-Informed Therapy for Women, Parents, & Young Adults

Kay Foster

Emotion-focused, Inclusive Counseling and EMDR Therapy

Margie Muñoz

Trauma Informed Counseling, Mindfulness-Based, and EMDR Therapy for Teens, and Adults

Katy Sandison

Supportive Therapy for Anxiety, Deconstruction Issues, Life Transitions and More

Paul Krauss – Clinical Director

Counseling, EMDR Therapy, & Solutions

Katerina Guerrero

Empowering Your Journey: Culturally Inclusive, Integrative Therapy for Healing and Growth

Jonathan Swiftney

Culturally Sensitive & Holistic Counseling for Adults and Adolescents

Jennifer McKinstry

Counseling and EMDR Therapy for Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Spiritual Issues

Ben Zimmerman

Non-judgmental Therapy Space Focused on Personal Development and Empowerment

Elif Piromari

Strengths-Based and Trauma-Informed Therapy for Young Adults and More

Shanna Beebe

A non-judgemental space for deep healing from trauma, abuse, and relationship wounds.

K’Quiana Griffin-Knowling

EMDR, Empowerment, and Healing for all

Alexa Bates

Serving Children, Families, Couples and Adults who are struggling to find a way through difficulties

Kyle King, Counseling Intern

Inclusive, Non-Judgmental Therapy for Adults and Adolescents, Emphasizing Growth and Resilience

Melissa Wade

Strengths-Based, Solution Focused, and Resilience Therapies for Families, Children, Teens, and Individuals

Caley Weisgerber

Compassionate and Empowering Therapy for Deep Healing

Ashley Dykstra

CBT & EMDR Therapy for Children, Teens, Adults, and Families

Nicole Cass

Sex therapist using creative Solutions and Trauma-Informed Counseling for Couples, Adults, and Teens

Lucas Perkins, Counseling Intern

Culturally Sensitive & Holistic Counseling for Adults, College students, and Older Teens

Anna Utter

EMDR, DBT Skills, and Trauma-Informed Therapy for Adults and Teens

Megan Drizin

Telehealth Counseling for Women, Moms, and Couples

We have multiple licensed therapists and counselors experienced in working with teenagers and their parents on a wide range of mental health issues. If you notice that your teen has difficulties dealing with any kind of trouble, reach out to us immediately at Grand Rapids, MI, and Ada, MI, or talk to our therapists online to schedule a consultation.

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