The path from adolescence to adulthood can be fraught with many challenges. Body image issues and eating disorders...cyberbullying...high levels of anxiety about the future...substance abuse and self-harming...the range of issues many teens and adolescents deal with can seem overwhelming. The good news: you have resources that can help! Our Valparaiso therapists have extensive experience with adolescent and teen counseling in inpatient, residential, school-based, and outpatient settings, with clients dealing with severe mental illness. We primarily utilize Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy when working with teens and adolescents.
With regard to common issues, our therapists have significant experience counseling teens with eating disorders, suicidality & self-harm.
We also offer individual therapy for adults in Valparaiso and the surrounding area, with an integrative treatment method drawing on Existential, DBT, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and multicultural counseling approaches. Strengths in working with trauma, early childhood experiences, and problems related to family dynamics.
Teen counseling is intended to help children 13 – 18 learn to manage the stressors and pressures of their environment. Together, we will identify the reasons behind your tween or teen’s emotional struggles and create a plan to help your child fulfill their potential.
We’ll meet together weekly for 50-minute sessions; however, we can accommodate adolescents who need more in-depth help twice a week. Typically, DBT (or cognitive behavioral therapy) continues for at least three months, often continuing for a year or more. The exact duration of counseling depends on the complexity of your teen’s concerns and we will discuss the recommended length of therapy in session. There are certain sessions parents and adolescents will attend together and other times where the parents and/or teen will meet alone with the therapist. This allows the counselors to get an accurate picture of the problem and the entire family to reap the benefits of counseling. Schedule an appointment at our Valparaiso office through the contact form, or by calling 219-554-8855.