A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist
A recent study revealed that psychotherapy is more helpful than the things money can buy, in terms of making people happy. – Sandra
Marital discord, parental pre-occupation, learning disabilities, drug abuse, bullying, or acculturation difficulties, and you’ve got the makings for a teen who is probably not optimally functioning at school. So what can you do about this?
Well, first you have to be aware of it. Often, it’s the teachers who see the students daily, who will notice the change in their student’s behavior and can bring it to your attention. Each school may have a different way of tackling student problems.
Some schools have a psychologist on the campus. Some schools have interns that come from a mental health training facility that offer on-campus assessments and counseling. Other schools have a peer-counseling program, where students are trained to listen and consult with their program director when necessary. Still other schools have a list of private practice professionals that they refer to.
I wanted to also let you know about some innovative programs that some schools started offering which are designed to address phase of life adolescent issues as a preventative measure. These include a weekly “Talking Circle,” where teens gather with a facilitator to listen respectfully to each other as new topics are discussed each week, anger management groups or classes, social skills groups or classes, and self-esteem groups or classes.
If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.
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