You might be a parent whose wondering, “What the heck is going on with my kid and what can I do to help them?” Or you might be a teen who is feeling overwhelmed by school, issues with friends, and are struggling to feel good about yourself, all the while trying to make sense of who you are becoming.
So much happens in middle school and high school. It can start to cause you to feel overwhelmed. As much as you try to catch up in class, you still feel behind. Or that small fight with a friend becomes much bigger than you thought and “everyone” on social media knows about it. Those pictures that you didn’t want being seen are unexpectedly posted. You’re told, “you should kill yourself” or “you’re way too sensitive”.
You find yourself shutting out your parents, because you’re afraid that they might overreact, or never look at you the same. What started out as small cuts to your body to relieve stress, now become so much a part of your day. The secret makes you feel ashamed and causes you to isolate. You start to question your identity and it gets lonely not having someone “see” you. Or you become really anxious about the future, about being in social groups, and you fear that you might “say the wrong thing.” Things would be so much easier if there was a guide on how to do things perfectly, but always feeling like you “should” do things perfectly is part of the reason why you feel overwhelmed. You’re not wanting to feel sad, anxious, or disconnected from others. You’re also not wanting to feel hopeless or worthless anymore. No one usually does. If only you could see a way out; a way that doesn’t lead to you feeling like suicide is the only option.
Here’s where I come in. I’ve seen this before. I’ve worked with over 2500 teenagers. Nothing you could say would surprise me, or cause me to judge you. I’m here to help you unpack that heavy backpack, because life doesn’t have to be so hard. Not when you have someone willing to help you.
In therapy, I would give you a safe space and uninterrupted time to start talking about what’s going on. I would help you get out the sadness, anger, and other emotions through activities that don’t always involve talking. Then, I would help you feel more connected to different kinds of support that are out there in your community. I would also guide you on how to manage stress and overwhelming emotions, and teach you how to communicate with the people you care about. Further, on how to make friends and how to balance school work. These skills can even help you challenge scary thoughts, refrain from self-harm, better manage impulses, and practice reaching out for help when you need it. So, if you’re ready to ditch that heavy backpack of yours for a lighter one, I’m only a call or text away from helping.