Teens and Parents

Bridging Hope Counseling offers counseling to help parents and teens deal with the enormous physical and psychological changes as students mature.  Counseling services provide help for parents, teens and families in and around the Minnesota Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Are you and your teen having troubles?

Does your teen spend more time texting than talking?

Do you feel like you've lost the connection you used to have?

Are you fighting about whether your teen has an "attitude"?

Are you worried about your adolescent, but feel like he or she won't let you in? 

You are facing one of the hardest times for parents and adolescents alike.  Parents don't hound their teens because it is fun. Parents often are angry, hurt, sad, impatient or afraid for their teens.  Likewise, teens aren't acting as they do without reason.  The teen years are filled with enormous physical and psychological changes.  While teenagers brains are fully developed in many ways, some of their behavior is the result of brain processes that aren't complete until they are in their mid-twenties. 

Research shows, however, that this is a critical time to "be there" as a parent.  It's very important to connect with your teenager without getting into a standoff with him or her about decisions she or he may be making.

Here's where we can help: Both of you need to feel respected and heard for us to make a change in how you are relating.  This is the starting place for beginning to address issues such as curfew, friends, cell phones, the internet, dating, drugs, alcohol, respect, staying in touch, and other common issues parents and teens share.  We make sure that you both feel that you can trust us.  Many times, teens are resistant to counseling.  If you are nervous about counseling, we get it.  We are creative when working with resistant teens (and parents).  There are many other things to do than sit in a therapy session!  We use this understanding to make a connection to the resistant client.  From there, we are able to move towards a common goal.  Let us help you help your teen.  Whether you believe it or not, your son or daughter wants a connection with you. 

Check out the website www.positiveparenting.com.  This website is a good resource for parents looking for articles, tips and books about parenting. 

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Skills Groups

If you find that your teen really struggles with regulating their emotions, impulsiveness, serious behavior problems, difficulty coping and many other "rollercoaster" rides, your teen may benefit from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills group.  Please check out DBT on this website.  Email or call with any questions you might have to see if you teen could benefit from DBT. 

 

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