Your teen’s stress level is beginning to impact the rest of the family. You’re afraid to talk about their day with them for fear it will trigger your teen’s anxiety, and even the smallest tasks turn into battles. They avoid people and places that could be good opportunities for them to learn and grow. Lately, your teen’s anxiety is causing you anxiety!
You can tell that they are always uncomfortable. It’s as if their thoughts are racing so much with worry that they can’t control them. You find that they fear the worst in everyday situations, and they can’t sleep at night.
So, here you are, wondering if your teen needs therapy for anxiety.
Often, your teen feels worried, fearful, or panicked. They are struggling with everyday life, and their emotions are getting the better of them.
You truly want your teen to have peace and to be confident in their own skin. You long for them to engage boldly in situations where they now cower in fear. But, you have no idea how to help them overcome the symptoms of anxiety which are causing them distress right now. You never imagined you’d feel as helpless as you do seeing your teen struggle with anxiety. And, you certainly didn’t expect that you’d need to reach out for profession help.
Signs That Your Teen is Struggling with Anxiety
- Behavioral: your teen is irritable, avoids people or places, cries when worried, or seeks reassurance from others that everything will be okay
- Cognitive: your teen has trouble concentrating and/or has racing or unwanted thoughts; your teen assumes that worst-case scenarios are likely to occur
- Mood: your teen often feels worried, dread, or like they are doomed
When You Seek Support for Teen Anxiety from The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
- Your teen will stop avoiding the people and places they once enjoyed
- Your teen will learn to cope with everyday stress without becoming anxious
- You will learn parenting strategies to help your teen have more confidence
- You will learn how to help your teen better function at home and in school
- You and your teen will grow closer together and enjoy spending more time together
The Anxiety Counseling Process
Therapy for teen anxiety is intended to help your teen stop worrying and participate freely in their life. Together, your teen and their therapist will work with scientifically-backed, evidence-based therapies to help them gain control of their inner and outer worlds in more effective ways.
Therapy for teens with anxiety is based upon helping them to learn to identify their triggers and overcome them in such a way as to be successful in school, family, and peer environments.
Here’s what to expect…
FIRST CONTACT : Free phone consult
Prior to beginning treatment with us, we want to make sure that we are a good fit for your teen’s needs. For this reason, we offer a free 15-minute initial phone consult to learn more about your teen’s current circumstances and to determine if we are the best resource for you. Assuming that we are a good match, you will then schedule an intake session.
WEEK ONE : Intake Session
During this initial 90-minute session, the assigned therapist will meet with you as the parent(s) or guardian(s) to gather background information on your teen and have you fill out rating scales to provide an assessment baseline upon which to build our treatment plan and goals.
WEEK TWO : Teen Intake Session
During this 45- to 60-minute session, the therapist will interview your teen as well as meet with you as the parent(s) to ask any follow-up questions which may be helpful in treatment planning and goal-setting to best meet your teen’s needs.
WEEK THREE : Feedback Session
Now that we’ve thoroughly assessed your teen’s needs, we will meet with you to discuss the diagnoses, identify starting goals, and provide education on the apparent causes and factors which are leading to your teen’s troubling thoughts and behaviors.
WEEK FOUR and Beyond : Teen Anxiety Therapy
At this point, your teen will attend regular weekly therapy sessions. A typical course of treatment calls for 12 to 16 weeks of therapy sessions, but treatment length depends on many factors and, therefore, could require more or less weeks. Additionally, your therapist may determine that you need to come more or less frequently, depending upon your teen’s presenting symptoms.
Together, in each subsequent session, your teen and their therapist will use evidence-based psychotherapy models to help your teen learn to identify and address the challenges they experience because of anxiety. This typically includes the integration of techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), or other evidence-based modalities.
Each session is designed to help your teen learn to relax and better enjoy the world around them
TERMINATION : The Final Sessions
As your teen gets closer to their therapy goals, we will develop a plan for successfully transitioning them into a life without weekly therapy. This often means moving sessions from once a week to every other week, to monthly sessions, or to finishing out services completely. We also work with you and your teen to develop a relapse prevention plan at this time. Our goal is for your teen to be able to retain what they’ve worked on and to implement all that they have learned in therapy outside of sessions in their everyday life.
More About The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
As a team of licensed therapists, we are experts at teaching you to make the behavioral choices that get you closer to your goals.
We work from an evidence-based perspective. This means that our job is to help you understand your struggles and provide solutions proven to be very effective. Negative thoughts, distressing feelings, and unhelpful behaviors don’t have to be part of your life, and anxiety therapy at The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management is about changing the way you think, recognizing how your beliefs are holding you back, becoming informed, seeing the world more accurately, and engaging in behaviors that you won’t regret later.
We make it our mission to help you regain control of your life by providing effective strategies supported by science. We are dedicated to being on top of the most recent knowledge and helping you solve problems based on what the research says is effective. It is our passion to educate you on what is and isn’t working in your life so that you can get back in the driver’s seat and take yourself where you want to go.
Who Benefits Most from Anxiety Counseling
Therapy for teens with anxiety is best for those who have begun to avoid anything in life that once made them happy, who refuse to try new things because of fear, dread, or worry, or who frequently need reassurance from others that everything will be okay.
Often, the teen with anxiety thinks there is something wrong with them and that is why they can’t feel at peace. Anxiety counseling can help them to find a sense of mastery and control.
Your teen will benefit from anxiety counseling if :
- They are experiencing racing worrisome thoughts
- They often assume the worst possible future outcome
- They struggle to participate in daily activities
- They aren’t enjoying even the simplest things in life
- They are avoiding people, places, or situations that make them anxious
- They are avoiding new situations and opportunities that will help them grow
- They have trouble falling or staying asleep at night
- They often act out in order to avoid uncomfortable situations
There are certain situations where your teen might not be ready for counseling sessions with us.
These include, but are not limited to :
- Situations where your family’s schedules are too busy to commit to weekly therapy
- Situations where the teen or parent does not want to practice the techniques outside of session
- Situations where parents are not committed to the process
- Situations when teens or parents want a quick fix
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does Therapy for Anxiety Cost?
Anxiety counseling for teens is a fee-for-service program which means that we require payment at the time services are provided. We would be considered an out-of-network provider and would be happy to provide you with receipts which include all of the information you’d need for submitting directly to your insurance company for your own reimbursement.
When and Where are the Counseling Sessions?
Our office is conveniently located in Chester, NJ, 07930 next to the New Toys with Love building.
Sessions are currently held by appointment only Monday – Saturday.
Your Next Steps
Your teen can absolutely begin to identify the triggering situations and thoughts associated with your teen’s anxiety
A calm, relaxed, and engaged teen may be a long way off right now, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t learn to cope when things don’t go their way. They just need the support of a caring professional and evidence-based strategies while they figure out how to best manage it all.
Your teen will get the tools that they need to be more successful in new, unfamiliar situations. And, they’ll also develop more positive self-esteem as they engage in more activities and experience success.
Ultimately, your teen will be more carefree and willing to experience what life has to offer. We can help.
Call 908-914-2624 or email us (email@example.com) to schedule your 15-minute phone consult to see if we’re a good fit for your child’s anger needs today!