Today’s teenagers have a wealth of choices, ideas, activities, and information. Although all of this input can lead to a fun and fulfilling life, often it causes angst for students in middle school, high school, and college. Sometimes the felt stress leads to unhealthy ways of coping, and parents themselves take on the worry. Parents looking for counseling for their teenagers often ask these questions:
- How can I get through to my teenager?
- What is that balance between enforcing the rules and preserving the relationship?
- Why is my teenager depressed?
- How do I know my son/daughter isn’t lying?
Their teen, on the other hand, may instead be worrying about the next test at school, a broken relationship, or the confusion of living a Christian life in a secular world. As they pull away from their parents in a developmentally appropriate way, teenagers sometimes lose touch with the benefit of working together with their parents as a team. In counseling, I encourage the client to maintain relationship with their parents and set aside secrets to alleviate anxiety and nervous tension on both sides. Through a variety of methods, I nudge them towards the truth of Jesus: “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
*John 10:10 (AMP)
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