Try to connect and step into the shoes of the struggling teen. Think of some experiences that would balance the path between the age gap of the parent and teen.
(PRWEB) February 24, 2012
Teen therapy and recovery starts with admitting and accepting. Help teens accept and admit that they need help with this five step process designed for questioning parents.
Share a Similar Experience: Try to connect and step into the shoes of the struggling teen. Think of some experiences that would balance the path between the age gap of the parent and teen. If one cannot be thought of, try asking a family friend to share their experience, because there is always someone that is struggling or has struggled with the same problem.
Validate the Teen: Make sure they know that they are not alone, that many people struggle. Let them know that their reasoning for their decisions are completely valid, and that there is a different and healthier way to deal with their problems through teen therapy.
Make a List of Goals: Sit down and list the goals that the teen wants to achieve. Every goal, whether a parent thinks is completely bonkers, should be looked at as something that can be achieved. Talk about the healthy goals, and negotiate on the not-so-healthy goals. Remember that teen therapy time is judgment-free.
Create an Event to Plan Small Achievable Steps toward Success: Prioritize a time every week where a teen therapy session can be scheduled. During this time, discuss small, achievable steps that can be accomplished within a week or the next teen therapy time. Check in with the teen and make sure not to forget this meeting time or postpone it. It is a priority.
Teen therapy sessions with parents and teens can be healthy and pleasant if approached in the right way. Parents have the ability to change the mood of the teen with these simple steps, if applied correctly. Working with teens and understanding them is crucial for a parent to be able to do.
Eagle Ranch Academy is a co-ed school for troubled teens located in St. George, Utah, for children 12-17. As a Registered Treatment Center, it implements an extensive accredited academic and life-skills program and is licensed and monitored by the state of Utah.
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