Vancouver & Victoria Therapy for Adolescents
Therapy for Adolescents in Victoria, BC
Adolescents, or teenagers, are individuals aged ~14-19, and can be as young as 10.
For many reasons, this stage of life is often challenging. As one makes their way from childhood to adulthood, many physical and mental changes take place. These changes, along with the following listed issues, may be a reason why counselling may be a beneficial addition to the life of an adolescent:
- Difficulties with peers
- Developmental concerns
- School challenges
- Family challenges
- Relational difficulties
- Sexual concerns
- Identity crisis
- Stress and pressure from peers
- Stress and pressure from adults
- Disordered eating
- Obsessive thoughts
- Substance abuse/experimentation
Kendra creates a space of warmth and acceptance in which you or your child can feel safe to open up and explore what it means to be alive. The goals for therapy are left up to you because you know yourself better than anyone else. While Kendra is the expert on psychology, mental health, and wellness, you are the expert on you. Kendra holds space and incorporates her years of training and experience for you to explore your experience in order to achieve your goals.
- Being able to make sense of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors
- Feeling more comfortable in your skin
- Feeling grounded and safe
- Feeling held, nourished, and warm
- Enhancing your creativity to be able to move forwards in your life with positivity
- Increasing your capacity to cope with stress
- Creating strong boundaries and a secure sense of self as you move towards adulthood
- Releasing trauma that has been stored in your body
Many adolescents become depressed and experience anxiety. With the growing amount of societal pressures and developmental changes that an adolescent goes through, this comes as no surprise.
It’s okay to ask for help. On our planet Earth, we are here for each other. By choosing to focus on yourself at an early stage of life, you will be better prepared to deal with what comes your way throughout the rest of your life. Sure, life can be hard sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Though there may be physical and mental pain, you have the capacity to increase your resiliency and tolerance so that you can cope with whatever life brings.
This is a sensitive time. Mood swings, social anxiety, conflicting thoughts, and feeling unsure are normal. Kendra takes these factors of increased vulnerability into account while engaging in therapy with adolescents.
If your emotions are affecting your quality of life, if you are feeling uncertain about any risk-taking behaviours, or you do not feel “okay” then counselling may be a viable option.
Did you know...
Social anxiety is a symptom of trauma being trapped in your body. Allow Kendra to help you release this trauma and restore Balance and Connection.