Often, the majority of teenagers are currently facing many challenges than the younger children and the adults. Some of the problems that these teens have to face include peer-pressure, identity struggles and fitting in. They often feel stuck between wanting their independence while still being guided. Teens are more likely to make decisions without considering the consequences and end up feeling invincible. It is important fo r the therapists to understand the developmental problems that teens face to provide them with effective counseling.
Replace Negative Self-talk
Often times, adolescents struggling with mental health disorders like anxiety and depression will always experience negative-talk about themselves meaning that they conceive negative thoughts about themselves. Instead of looking at a difficult situation as a challenge, they already believe that they will fail even without giving it a try. Often, they might see things as being desperate and will often have a pessimistic look of life. One counseling technique that you can use with teens is helping them change these negative thoughts to positive ones. Have them write down their thoughts every hour the day before they come for the counseling sessions. You then go through this list with him and help him change all the negative thoughts into positive ones.
Adolescent Group Counseling
Another counseling method common with therapist who works with adolescents is encouraging them to try group counseling. This technique helps the teenagers feel that they are not alone in their problems and this is way of having them help each other out. Sometimes, a teenager may not listen to an adult when they try warning them about the dangers of drinking until they pass out, even if it is a therapist giving them this warning, but they are likely to listen to their peers. Using other teenagers who have struggled with the same issue can be quite effective when working with adolescents.
As a counselor, it is important to ensure that you don’t push away your client by combating them over every issue. You can solve that problem by repeating information that sounds irrational and unreasonable back to a teenager in the form of a question. A teen might, for example, say that they don’t care that they get teased every day; instead of telling them that, “of course you care,” and push them away, you could respond by asking them if they aren’t bothered that their peers make fun of them on a daily basis. When the response is put in a question form, many adolescents think about the statement that they just made and it sounds different and possibly irrational coming from someone else. In this case, you are objecting to what they said, but you are asking following up questions.