“Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.” – Dr. Louise J. Kaplan
No season of life is more unpredictable, despised, and chaotic than the teenage years. For teenage males in particular they are filled with anger, lust, relational stress, and questions of identity, social status, and life direction. For parents and teenagers alike there are a seemingly endless set of volatile interactions and pressures from emotional upheaval.
The teenage years are centered around figuring out who you are and what role you play in the world. Add to that a seemingly infinite amount of physical, emotional, intellectual, and social transitions and it is a confusing and sometimes scary world to try to navigate.
Therapy can help teenagers figure out who they are, how they best function in the world, and how to better relate to their friends, parents, teachers, and siblings. It can also help them better understand their emotions and the large swings of emotion that they experience – sometimes multiple times a day or even hour!
These years are difficult, but they don’t have to be walked through alone. Talking through everything going on in life and having help figuring out what are the best steps to move forward can be a huge relief. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!