Helping Young Adults in West Hartford Thrive
As adults, it can be difficult and frustrating to deal with our teenage children who seem to suddenly be entirely different people. They’re moody and secretive, they act out, and they’re not willing to listen to anything their parents have to say, but we have to remember that. being a teenager is tough. Their minds and bodies are growing and changing constantly. As frustrating as it can often be to parent a teen, it’s even more complicated going through this time of maturing and changing. If you’re concerned that your teen’s behaviors are destructive or worried that you won’t be able to offer them the right support on your own, that’s okay. The good news is that you don’t have to do it all on your own – and neither does your teen. At The Harmony Center for Change, we offer a variety of teen therapy services to support young people who are on the often complicated journey to becoming thriving adults.
Therapy for Teens
During therapy sessions, our counselors can walk alongside teens who are having a difficult time managing emotions, processing confronting experiences, navigating life transitions, or working through any other struggle life throws their way. Traditional talk therapy sessions may involve setting and achieving specific goals, learning new coping skills, and increasing resilience and self-esteem. We incorporate creativity into our therapy sessions to engage more closely with teens who can be reticent, so your teen’s therapist may encourage them to create art, play games with them, or utilize walk and talk therapy. Each person’s goals and therapy needs are unique, and our therapists have the training and experience necessary to deliver dynamic and individualized therapy plans for every young person we work with.
Comprehensive DBT for Teens
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the main counseling techniques that our therapists utilize for our clients of all ages. DBT is a style of therapy that teaches us the skills to regulate emotion and behavior for a greater sense of stability and resilience. It can help teens who are struggling with:
- Behavior issues (acting out, getting in trouble at school)
- Intense or complex emotions
Specifically, we may recommend a comprehensive DBT plan. Individual and group therapy sessions may be recommended as part of a comprehensive DBT approach. This therapy approach also includes phone coaching where a therapist can help the teen while they are applying DBT strategies in the real world. It gives the teen access to a therapist in the moment when they need help determining how to apply their DBT skills in real life situations. Phone coaching is also essential for people who are trying to change self-harming behaviors.
Additionally, comprehensive DBT plans for teens usually include participation in multi-family group sessions. This helps teens to build their network of support, so they feel safe and can trust family members to help them continue applying DBT skills outside their therapy sessions.
The final aspect of comprehensive DBT is one that we as therapists undertake. We have regular group meetings with other DBT therapists where we can talk through any roadblocks that may be hindering us, discuss DBT approaches, and continually improve our own skills to offer the best care for clients.
DBT Groups for Teens & Families
DBT is effective for individuals, but it often has a deeper impact when learned and practiced in groups. We currently offer multi-family DBT groups for teens and their families as part of comprehensive DBT plans. Additionally, we’re starting DBT Graduate Groups for teens. Our graduate groups offer teens who have learned DBT skills in their individual sessions the opportunity to continue increasing and strengthening these skills in a group setting and stay connected and committed to continuing their progress.
Eating Disorder Therapy for Teens
We support teens who are struggling with a range of behavioral and cognitive health concerns, including disordered eating. Teens with disordered eating may benefit from a comprehensive DBT plan that includes phone coaching, which gives them access to a therapist in the moments when they are struggling with disordered eating habits. For teens whose disordered eating is closely linked to a desire for control, we may recommend Radically Open DBT (RO DBT). This form of DBT uses the skills and strategies of DBT to help individuals be open to change and releasing excessive control.
Reach Out to Learn More
If you’re interested in learning more about how The Harmony Center for Change team can support your teen’s therapy goals, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to answer your questions and help you schedule a visit to our practice.