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Techniques for Counseling Adolescents

In the modern times, teenagers struggle with many varying issues as compared to adults and younger children. Some of the issues that they are dealing with include extreme peer pressure, identity struggles and fitting in. They often feel stuck between wanting to be independent and still needing guidance. In most cases, teens are more likely than adults to make irrational choices without considering the outcome and feel invincible. The therapists must understand the developmental challenges faced by youths before providing them with advice.

Replace Negative Self-talk
Quite often teens struggling with mental health disorders like depression and anxiety experience a lot of negative talks, meaning that most of their thoughts about themselves are usually negative. Instead of looking at a difficult situation as a challenge, they already believe that they will fail even without giving it a try. Often, they might see things as being desperate and will often have a pessimistic look of life. Here the counseling technique that is applicable is helping them change these negative thoughts into positive ones. Make sure that you get them to write down their thoughts every hour the day before the scheduled counseling session. Once he comes for the counseling session, go through their list and help him improve all the negative thoughts into being positive.

Groups Therapy
Adolescent therapists also encourage their clients to try out group counseling. In this type of counseling techniques, the counselor intends for the teens to see that they aren’t the only ones undergoing issues and also gets them to help each other out. Sometimes, a teenager might not respond to an adult even if it’s a counselor when she tries to tell them that drinking until they pass out is hazardous, but he might listen to one of his peers. When working with an adolescent population, it can be quite effective if you used other teens who have struggled with similar problems.

It is important that the counselor does not push away their client by combating them over every issue. You can instead repeat information that sounds unreasonable and irrational back to the teen in the form of a question. For example, a teen may come to you and say that they don’t care that they are teased daily, you shouldn’t tell insist that they do as this will push them away but rather respond by asking a question like, “so it doesn’t bother you when your peers make fun of you daily?” When you respond in a question form, the teens think about their statement, and it sounds different and somewhat irrational when it is being said by someone else. What you will be doing is asking following up questions rather than objecting to what the teen said.

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