Adolescence is an exciting, yet often difficult time of life. It brings a number of cognitive, biological, and social/emotional challenges, as well as the potential for many accomplishments. Most teens navigate these years successfully, but for some these transitional years are socially difficult. The social styles of teens differ greatly. Some teens want to join groups and others prefer one or two close friends. Some adolescents prefer to be alone, but some are socially neglected. They might not be actively put down or excluded from a central group of peers. Rather, they are just ignored and often alone. There are also teens who are socially rejected. These youth often make repeated attempts to be part of a group of peers, but are rejected because they are antagonistic or have difficulty engaging in socially appropriate behavior.
Counseling can be helpful in assisting teens effectively navigate the challenges that are associated with this developmental stage of life. If you have concerns about your child’s ability to effectively manage the challenges of adolescence, feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to discuss with you possible therapeutic options that may help your child develop the skills to successfully navigate the challenges of teenage years.