Adolescent Therapy

Adolescent Therapy in Lexington, Richmond & Frankfort KY

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As children move through the stages of development, they are faced with different challenges and problems. Often, these are unfamiliar and scary, and they do not know where to turn. No matter what the family dynamic, children can suffer through the pressures and stressors, feeling as if they have nowhere to turn.

Adolescent therapy can be beneficial to your child if they have any of the following symptoms or warning signs:

Learning disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Difficult learning or focusing
Acting out
Bed wetting
Regression in capabilities
Loss of interest in friends or activities
Changes in eating habits
Changes in sleeping habits
Eating disorders
Teen pregnancy
Unusual sexual behavior
Sudden changes in mood
Skipping school
Feeling hopeless
Crying for no reason
Complaining of headaches or stomachaches more frequently
School stress, family stress, developmental stress, and situation stress may be impacting your child. It is important not to ignore these warning signs and to treat things as soon as you realize the issue at hand. Leaving your child’s circumstances untreated can be detrimental and debilitating, and even irreversible.

Overview of Adolescent Therapy

Many different types of therapy can help your child through this tough time.

If you prefer a one-on-one situation, Individual or Analytic therapy might be the most effective. These therapy arrangements allow time for the therapist to get to know your child, build trust and rapport with your child, and allow your child to open up and disclose their problems, feelings, emotions, and responses. This kind of therapy is much more effective for older children and teens, as younger children might have trouble vocalizing and explaining their issues.

Play therapy is a great alternative for young children. Play therapy encourages a natural setting rather than a stuffy therapy atmosphere. Play therapy engages your child by playing games, singing songs, playing with toys or dolls, using puppets, and drawing or painting. By engaging in these activities, your adolescent therapist will have time to analyze your child’s responses and behaviors while also encouraging them to talk and communicate through the props. Play therapy is very effective as it allows young children to build trust in their counselors, and think of them as friends rather than therapist.

See how play therapy works (video).

Group and family therapy might also be appropriate for your situation.

Group therapy is a group of children, led by an adolescent therapist, who will discuss their problems. Doing this in a group setting allows your child to see that there are others suffering through the same things he or she is dealing with. Group therapy also allows the opportunity for your child to learn social cues and skills, anger management techniques, and coping mechanisms. Sometimes, being around others that are in the same position is enough therapy. It allows your child to step away from their own situation, and take a new perspective.

Family therapy is often used with adolescents in conjunction with individual therapy. Family therapy allows the opportunity for the family, in part or whole, to meet with the therapist. This will help understand the family dynamic, communication methods, and issues within the unit. The adolescent therapist might encourage family members to participate in their typical dynamic so he or she is able to decipher the family dynamic, or might use games in order to engage the family and have everyone participate. Family therapy is important because the child is not suffering alone. Often, parents are stressed about their child’s situations, and siblings might also feel the tension. Building effective communication skills among the family is important, so that the child may feel as though their family understands them more.

Adolescent therapy, using any of the above methods, provides the opportunity for the therapist to help your child achieve his or her highest potential and well-being. This is important because without addressing the issues at hand and effectively working to resolve them, your child’s situation will only worsen, festering and growing, until they explode. Adolescent therapists break down your children’s barriers, attempting to gain trust and rapport, and analyze the problems, the reasoning behind the problems, and the hesitance in changing the situation. Then, together, your child and the adolescent therapist can help determine a plan of success and healing. With your help, adolescent therapy becomes a long lasting tool for you and your loved ones to use for a lifetime.

Adolescent therapy can also help your child identify their own feelings and emotions, open up about their problems, and create real-world solutions to improve their situation. Mental illness or behavioral problems or disorders can be very detrimental to your child’s health, and the well-being of your entire family.

Don’t hesitate. Call us now at 859.338.0466 or contact us today.

We have many experienced therapists who can help your child onto the right track toward healing. We can alleviate your child’s problems and return your family to normal.

Check out our Counseling Process section in order to prepare for your visit. Contact us to schedule a session.
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501 Darby Creek Road
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Lexington KY, 40509
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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 therapy?

Therapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues. The underlying principle is that a person's patterns of thinking and unconscious awareness affect the way that person interacts with the world. The goal is to uncover those patterns and become aware of their effect and then learn new, healthier ways to think and interact.
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