Adolescent Counseling/Therapy

Adolescent Counseling
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All children encounter issues or problems in their childhood. Growing up is not easy, and depending on their family situation, some children may face harder circumstances in which they need guidance and assistance from an adolescent counselor.

Adolescent counseling takes many different forms, including individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and others. Adolescent counseling provides an opportunity for your child to work through their problems and receive guidance from a trained adolescent counselor who can improve your child’s well-being.

Adolescent counseling focuses on your child’s problems, regardless of age. There are different types of counseling that may be particularly beneficial to your child, and your dedicated adolescent counselor can determine what kind of counseling might be best for your child.

Adolescent counselors are trained to help your child break down barriers, analyze their current situation and stressors, and provide solutions to relieve stress and move forward from their current stressful situation. The goal of an adolescent counselor is to help your child achieve the highest possible well-being and improve communication skills, stress relief, and anger management in order to live a more productive and happy life.

Your child might also have behavioral or mental illnesses that need treatment. Adolescent counseling can help isolate your child’s current situational problems from deeper problems which might require medication or specialized treatment. Resolving your child’s behavioral problems or treating their mental illness will relieve them from many problems they are facing. Of course, as a child matures and develops, a certain amount of stress and/or issues are common and expected, but an overly stressed child is not a happy one. Adolescent counseling will help your child identify their problems and resolve to fix them. Adolescent counseling can also help repair communication skills and help families resolve internal conflict. Adolescent counseling can be paired with family counseling in order to maximize the benefit for both the child individually and the family as a whole.

There are different types of counseling that might benefit your child.

Your child may receive counseling one-on-one. This is often called individual adolescent counseling. This allows an opportunity for the counselor to get to know your child and will allow them the opportunity to analyze your child’s situation.

Another option for individualized therapy is psychoanalytic therapy. Often coined “talk therapy,” your child will have the opportunity to open up and discuss their feelings and emotions. This is more appropriate for older children and teenagers as younger children might have trouble vocalizing their emotions and feelings.

In addition to individual therapies, group counseling might benefit your child. Group counseling is appropriate for children who are uncomfortable disclosing one-on-one to an adult. Group counseling is also beneficial as it shows your child that there are others suffering through the same problems, and they are not alone in their situation. Together, the group will discuss their problems and help each other brainstorm resolutions. Group counseling also helps children learn social skills, anger management methods, and stress relief techniques. Often, seeing that there are others in similar situations is stress relief in itself, because it helps your child not feel as isolated or misunderstood.

A specific type of group counseling that could help your child is CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is used to break down negative thought patterns and replace them with positive, constructive thoughts. CBT will help your child recognize negative emotions and help them positively restructure them. As with generalized group counseling, CBT will help your child develop stress management tactics, learn anger management, and learn coping and relaxation skills.

Family counseling might also be appropriate for your child. Family counseling is commonly used when working with children. Family therapy can be used to accompany individual sessions, in order to bring familial issues to the surface and direct dialogue between the family members. Often, the child’s problem is not isolated just to the child; other members of the family are either contributing to the problem, or being affected by it. Family counseling will help alleviate tension in the family, and strengthen communication techniques.

For younger children who are either unable or uncomfortable communicating their emotions and issues directly to their counselor, play therapy can be used. Play therapy involves the use of dolls, puppets, toys, games, art projects, etc. to direct the therapy session. By involving the children in play, they are able to focus less on the therapy session and get engrossed in play. The adolescent counselor can then observe the setting, analyze the child’s behaviors, and try to lightly steer conversation while the child is slightly distracted. Play therapy is beneficial in helping young children relate to their therapist as they think of them less as an adult and more as a friend or peer. Performing adolescent therapy in a natural setting like play therapy is very effective in breaking down a child’s emotional barriers.

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You may not think your child’s issues are significant or debilitating, but there are many warning signs that should trigger an immediate response. Of course, through the developmental process, all children will go through one or two things on this list, but if you can tell that the child is being constantly affected, their issues are interfering with their life, or they are unable to control their impulses, you should seek adolescent counseling.

Some specific issues that suggest your child might need adolescent counseling are school stressors, including test anxiety, bullying, or trouble fitting in with peers, family issues, including death of a family member or divorce, abuse, trauma, neglect, or move or change of setting or school.

If you recognize any warning signs in your child, you should seek counseling immediately. Some of these warning signs are:
  • Developmental delays including speech or language problems
  • Toilet training issues, regression or bedwetting
  • ADD/ADHD or other learning/attention problems
  • Teen pregnancy or inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities or friends
  • Bullying
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Changes in appetite

Based on research from the Surgeon General, in 1999, 20% of children between 9 and 17 have psychiatric disorders. Even if the symptoms above do not seem pressing, leaving your child’s problems unresolved could lead to irreversible damage in your child and your family. Seeking attention at the onset of these symptoms is vital for your child’s well-being. Unresolved issues can stunt development or cause trauma for your suffering child.

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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.


Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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What is Counseling and Therapy?

Counseling is a short-term focus on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as substance abuse or stress management, and problem solving.
Therapy is a longer term focus on broader issues, with the goal to promote unconscious awareness, uncover patterns, and learn new, healthier ways to think and interact.
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