IN CUMMING, GA
So you’re a teen and considering counseling? You might be feeling depressed or anxious and wondering if talking to someone about it may help. You may be having some challenges in school, either academically or with friends, and a caring adult in your life thinks counseling could help. You may have lost someone really special to you, or you may be going through a major change like parents getting divorced or adjusting to a move. Teen counseling can help!
Whatever you’re going through, I believe with all my heart that processing your situation in counseling with a caring, skilled therapist can provide relief and support. Let me tell you about my approach and why I believe it helps.
My Approach to Teen Counseling
I believe that all human beings, no matter the age, are capable and trustworthy, and that a safe, caring relationship provides the best climate for that healthy self-direction to grow and develop.
I work hard to hear you and your perspective on the things you’re going through. It’s also valuable for me to talk to and listen to parents to hear their perspective on your situation. But you as a person are the expert on your own life.
I’m a play therapist, which means I am used to moving around with children and participating with them in alternate ways of expressing what’s inside of them besides talking — like using a sand tray with miniatures, creating art, and other symbolic expressions. If you don’t want to talk, there are many more things we can do to communicate.
In fact, for some teens, using the sand tray is their preferred way of doing teen counseling and expressing who and where they are. This is especially true for teens that identify as creative, right-brained, or intuitive and who resonate with imagery and storytelling.
Reasons teens may come to counseling
Following are some of the reasons teens come to teen counseling:
Depression, often feeling down or even hopeless
Self harm or thoughts of suicide
Struggles with self image and self esteem
Ongoing conflict with parents
A drop in grades, or a lack of desire to go to school
Handling a divorce, a move, a transition to a new school or other major life changes
Worries about the future and feelings of stress or overwhelm
Nightmares or difficulty sleeping
Grief and loss of someone or something cared about
Difficulty making and keeping friends
Anxiety that gets in the way of living life
Questioning of sexual identity
For Parents and other caring adults in a teenager’s life
You want the best for your child. You may be worried about choices they’re making and want to protect them from any harm. Maybe your relationship with them is not in a good place and you long for it to be different.
Often teens can benefit from talking to a non-familial adult who offers non-judgmental, confidential support, and who can also facilitate communication between family members. I can help!
Confidentiality in Teen Counseling
Confidentiality is as much a part of therapy with teens as it is with adults. In order for therapy to be effective with a teenager, their privacy must be protected.
Most teens will neither trust nor confide in a therapist who is going to report what they say to their parents. If I believe your teen’s life is in danger I will notify you immediately and work with you and your teen to get them the emergency services they need.
As a parent myself, I also know how important it is to have dialogue with professionals providing care for your children. I work with parents and teens I’m seeing in counseling to balance a parent’s desire to understand progress and the teenager’s right to privacy.
Why I am a Therapist for Teens in Cumming, GA
I am passionate about my work as a teen therapist because I find deep joy in seeing young people grow, thrive and reach their full potential.
I feel satisfaction in helping teens unburden themselves and become engaged in their lives and excited about their futures. I also know that when teens are thriving, families can become happy and healthy again.
— Brent Sweitzer LPC, RPT
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You don’t have to continue suffering with depression, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Teen counseling for anxiety and depression can help. My Cumming counseling office is conveniently located off of 400 and I offer after school and evening sessions.
To start your counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
Once you decide to begin counseling, you'll fill out the initial paperwork securely using the client portal. We will meet and begin the therapeutic counseling journey together.
Through your counseling sessions, you will start working on your healing -- experiencing shifts, progress, and relief as you go.
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