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  • Adolescent Therapist Long Beach

    Differing from adult therapy, adolescent therapy considers the age and developmental status of the individual to have a more targeted approach. So, if you’re looking for the best adolescent therapist Long Beach has to offer, look no further than Sano Counseling Center.

    Adolescent Behaviors of “Acting Out”

    Tantrums, being defiant, and other forms of challenging an authoritative figure are often referred to as your adolescent “acting out.” While some of these behaviors come with the territory of raising an adolescent, it’s essential to understand that you must look closer at these behaviors to identify if your child has experienced a traumatic event. In some instances, “acting out” can be a cry for attention.

    Often, adolescents cannot regulate difficult emotions, causing outbursts and tantrums from emotional triggers. As a parent, it is imperative to respond with empathy to facilitate a secure attachment bond between child and parent, even though your first instinct may be to reprimand the adolescent. 

    Why Should You Seek Therapy For Your Adolescent?

    While every adolescent’s therapy journey is unique, there are a few reasons you might be interested in seeking out therapy through Sano Counseling, including:

    • Significant changes in eating or sleeping habits
    • Trouble in school
    • Self-harming behavior
    • Behavioral problems at school or home
    • Depression
    • Difficulty with social skill development
    • Anxiety
    • Withdrawing from friends or family
    • History of abuse or neglect
    • Difficulty regulating emotions
    • Loss of a loved one
    • Etc. 

    How Counseling Can Help Your Teen

    It can become frustrating for parents when their child has difficulty expressing their emotions and feelings. The truth is, some things might be too difficult for the child to talk about. 

    We can assist the adolescent in developing prosocial play skills, practical communication skills, and emotion regulation skills using techniques such as play therapy, art therapy, and family therapy together. We promote fostering a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-esteem here at Sano Counseling Center.

    Sano Counseling Can Help

    Our adolescent therapists at Sano Counseling focus on modeling a secure attachment relationship by working with the parents and family. We focus on parent-child interaction to foster a sense of safety and understanding between the two parties. 

    We also work to identify maladaptive coping strategies through teen counseling, redirecting towards adaptive coping skills.  

    We also offer family sessions, which are focused around not telling the child or teen that they are “wrong,” but instead practicing the expression of validation while also maintaining parental roles. 

    Contact Us Today

    Healing is not a linear journey. Sometimes it can feel like a labyrinth that never ends. At Sano, we are here to walk the healing path with you, navigating all that life throws at us as a guide who cares. We will meet you where you are with acceptance, not judgment, and see you through until your time in therapy comes to an end.

    Call, email, or go online to contact us today to see how we can help you embark on a journey towards self-discovery and growth.