Often, the majority of teenagers are currently facing many challenges than the younger children and the adults. Some of the struggles that they have to deal with include identity struggles, extreme peer pressure, and fitting in. Often, they seek to be independent but still want to be guided. Most often, teens than adults are likely to make decisions without considering the implications and felinvincible. The therapists must understand the developmental challenges faced by youths before providing them with advice.
Replacing 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. Make sure that you get them to write down their thoughts every hour the day before the scheduled counseling session. When he comes for the session, together go through the list and assist him in changing all the negative thoughts into positive ones.
Another counseling method common with therapist who works with adolescents is encouraging them to try group counseling. In this type of counseling techniques, the counselor intends for the teens to see that they aren’t the only ones undergoing issues and also gets them to help each other out. Sometimes, a teenager might not respond to an adult even if it’s a counselor when she tries to tell them that drinking until they pass out is hazardous, but he might listen to one of his 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. What you can do instead, repeat information that sounds irrational and unreasonable back to a teen in the form of a question. For instance, a teen may say to you, “I don’t care I get teased every day”, you must not insist to them that they care but rather respond by asking them whether they don’t get bothered by the fact that their mates make fun of them every other day. When you respond with a question, the teenager with thinking about the statement that they just made and it sounds different and irrational when it’s coming from someone else. This way, you are not objecting to what the teen said, but rather you are asking to follow up questions.