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Teen Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

Is your teen experiencing anxiety or depression? Have these symptoms started to impact their schoolwork or friendships? Do you think they would benefit from learning skills to better manage their emotions? You are in the right place!

We specialize in teen counseling utilizing a neurodevelopmental understanding of treatments that would work best for them. We focus on doing "more than talk therapy" to address the root cause of their experience. Dr. Ali Iverson, Dr. Brittany Londer, Jenna Ciancanelli, LAC, Lisa Johnson LAC, Amanda Nomicos LPC, Meghan Kershinar, LAC and Jennifer Salazar LPC treat teens. We are dedicated to the mental health and well-being of teens.

 

Our focus when treating teens and adolescents is holistic and integrative. We prefer the inclusion of the primary family dynamic in the sessions (such as having a parent come in at the end to go over the skills learned in the session). We will choose a therapy based on the needs of the patient. Types of therapies used include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, and more.

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The Teen Brain

Mental health challenges can affect anybody at any age, but they can be particularly acute during the teenage years. Adolescence is a period of intense emotional, physical, and social changes, and it can be challenging for young people to adjust to the many transitions they are undergoing. In addition, many teenagers face a host of pressures, including academic expectations, peer pressure, the societal effects of COVID-19 and social media stressors. Neurobiology makes it even more difficult as the frontal lobe is still growing for teens - the part of the brain that helps with emotional regulation, self-monitoring, controlling responses, and goal achievement. 

One of the most common mental health challenges that teenagers face is anxiety. Anxiety disorders can manifest in a variety of ways, including panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and general feelings of worry and dread. Depression is another common issue, and can lead to feelings of sadness, low self-esteem, and a lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Furthermore, substance use and abuse is a significant issue that many teenagers struggle with, as they may turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with their emotions. Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are also prevalent and can lead to potentially life-threatening health problems. It is important for parents, educators, and mental health professionals to recognize the unique challenges that teenagers face with regards to mental health and provide support and access to resources in order to ensure that teenagers can navigate this difficult period and reach their full potential.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for teens, and body-based therapies like EMDR for teens, provide helpful skills and tools to be able to more effectively manage emotions and navigate difficult experiences. These are all skills provided by the therapists at BrainBody Wellness Counseling. Schedule a free treatment consultation today to discuss counseling options for your teen.

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