You don’t know what to do for your teen anymore. She’s either texting you from school because she’s upset about problems she’s having with her friends. Or she’s in her room staring at her phone even though she says she’s completely overwhelmed by school. She’s always gotten good grades, but now she seems to get so worked up that its’ hard for her to concentrate on her classes.
Initially, you would drop everything to help her work through whatever was bothering her. Now you find yourself dreading getting her text message. You worry that you aren’t doing enough. And you worry that you are doing too much. When you do give her advice, she shouts “you’ll never understand me!” You are starting to wonder if you will.
You keep wondering if all this teary, moody, anxious, overwhelmed teen stuff is normal or if it is time to seek help. You don’t want your teen to feel like anything is wrong with her. She already thinks that most of the time. But you do want her to have a place she can not only accept herself but also find new ways of coping with the teenage years.
You think you’re ready to seek help and hope that it can get better even if it is just teenage angst. And then your teen asks if they could talk to a counselor like one of their friends did. So you start the search of trying to pick a counselor for your teen.
What is anxiety counseling for teens?
I work with both the parents and their teens who are struggling with perfectionism, anxiety, overwhelm, and relationship problems. First, I normalize how normal it is to experience anxiety and have an inner critic that shows up under times of change and stress. Then, we focus on increasing awareness about what is triggering your anxiety and what you can do about it. Lastly, we explore ways to transform their inner critic into an inner guide that they can trust and turn to for comfort and encouragement.
How do you find a therapist for anxiety?
As the leader of your family, take the first step to schedule your free 15-minute phone consult with Marci and decide if she’s the best counselor to help you and your teen feel more confident as you navigate the changes and challenges of teenage years. You don’t have to stay stuck in your head and focused on what isn’t working. Your teen can find ways to better manage changing relationships, quiet negative thinking and learn to love herself more.
Note: Counseling for anxiety is available in my Independence office for adults and teen boys and girls 13 and up, but I also see clients who reside in Greater Kansas City area, including Blue Springs, Grain Valley, and Lee’s Summit MO. I work with people with a variety of anxiety symptoms, such as worry, social anxiety, and panic attacks.