Teenagers deal with an array of challenges that can shape who they become as adults. When working with teenagers, I have found that attention seeking, power, revenge, and inadequacy can drive misbehavior. This is why it is so important in therapy to get their views on what the presenting problem is. We reflect on their feelings about what has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen.
Whether it be issues with family, school, or peers, we have to learn to respect their choices so that they can learn from mistakes. We help strengthen the foundation for school and social relationships. We do this through encouragement, reflective listening, unconditional acceptance, faith in their abilities, and recognition of strengths. These are integral aspects of a purposeful life.