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  • Teenager Therapy Long Beach

    Are you looking for the best teenager therapy Long Beach has to offer? If so, the Sano Counseling Center is here to help.

    At Sano Counseling Center, we offer culturally competent, sensitive therapists that work thoughtfully to aid your teen through life’s troubles. Our therapists are knowledgeable of social justice and diversity issues, and we proudly offer treatment to individuals from all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations.

    Why Your Teen Might Need Therapy

    While every teenager’s therapy journey is unique, there are a few reasons you might be interested in seeking out teen 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. 

    Can Therapy Help Your Teenager?

    As a parent, it can become frustrating when your teenager struggles to express their emotions and feelings. The truth is, some things might be too difficult for the teenager to talk about. 

    Using techniques such as play therapy, art therapy, and family therapy together, we can assist the teenager in developing prosocial play skills, effective communication skills, and emotion regulation skills. Utilizing play techniques and artistic expression help to foster a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-esteem, something we promote here at Sano Counseling.

    Is Your Teenager “Acting Out?”

    Often, “acting out” behaviors may be seen as challenging an authoritative figure (ex: being defiant, tantrums, etc.). However, when a teenager has experienced a traumatic event, it is essential to look at their behavior critically. In this sense, defiance may be seen as a cry for attention or to be noticed. 

    Tantrums and emotional outbursts may be due to emotional triggers and a lack of ability to regulate difficult emotions. While our first reaction may be to discipline the teenager, it is imperative to respond with empathy to facilitate a secure attachment bond between teenager and parent. 

    Sano Counseling Can Help

    Our teen therapists at Sano Counseling focus on modeling a secure attachment relationship by working with the parents and family. We focus on parent-teenager 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 teenager or teen that they are “wrong,” but instead practicing the expression of validation while also maintaining parental role. 

    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 friend 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.