Counseling & Psychotherapy for teens
Typically, starting around the age of 10 or 11, girls and boys become more socially involved with other children their age. Often, teens will begin to pull away from their family while at the same time develop more significant relationships with their peers. This is a normal process of human development and is a major developmental task for adolescents. For parents, this can be painful and scary as it is also at this time where they may feel they have less influence on their kids. The "teen years" can be a difficult adjustment for parents and kids.
There are times when increased conflict is outside the realm of what would be considered typical adolescent behavior. The increased conflict can become extremely detrimental and impact not only parents' relationship with their children but also your child's ability learn how to relate to their peers. Problems can arise leading to marked personality changes. Teens who are unable to verbalize their difficulties may resort to acting them out. These "acting out" behaviors and/or personality changes can include increased verbal or physical aggression, increased irritability, anxiety, depression, drug use, internet addiction, sexual acting out, disordered eating, a recent lack of friends or a recent increase in conflict with friends, nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors, and other such mental health problems.
If your child's behavior is significantly impacting their relationships with their loved ones (family & friends) and/or their performance in school, psychotherapy may be able to help. Please call Dr. Menendez at 786-529-6913 for a free 15 minutes phone consultation to determine if psychotherapy will help you and your teen.
Our office is located in the South Miami area.
1520 San Ignacio Avenue, Suite #3
Coral Gables, FL 33146