Teen Therapy & Counseling for Aurora (IL)

Recent data continues to tell us how our teens are thinking and feeling. Consider these statistics:

70% of U.S. teens (13–17) have named anxiety or depression as a major problem among peers in their community.

75% of U.S. high school students expressed boredom, anger, sadness, fear or stress while in school.

On a 10-point scale, U.S. teens rated their stress rate at an average score of 5.8 (compared with a score of 3.8 for adults).

Other academic-pressure statistics identified that 75% of American high schoolers and 50% of middle schoolers described themselves as “often or always feeling stressed” by schoolwork.

The following 2021 statistics from Mental Health America further revealed that:

nearly 14% of teens 12–17 had experienced one or more major depressive episodes within the past year

close to 10% of teens were living with major depression

almost 60% of teens with depression did not receive professional support

Ideally, adults may often be able to apply healthy coping mechanisms developed through life experience. For many Aurora teens, however, stress and related conditions have intensified in the age of social media, excessive screen time and increasing perfectionism in pursuit of an idealized self-presentation.

Aurora (IL) Teens: Recognizing a Struggle

The teen years are a time of change and discovery. As they continue to form and adjust their identities and relationships, Aurora teens can face many pressures, doubts and insecurities.

Perhaps your Aurora teen is confronting perceived or self-imposed performance expectations; hormonal swings; fallings in and out with social ties; or family problems. In some cases, a teen might battle addiction.

Add to that news about climate, costs, political conflicts, social injustice and mass shootings, and it’s easy to understand how young people can feel overwhelmed and burned out. This can also advance into a clinical mental-health condition.

While it’s never too late for a teen to seek therapy or counseling, the earlier an issue can be recognized and diagnosed, the better. You can support your son or daughter by being aware of signs of declining mental health such as:

  • outbursts and mood swings
  • frequent or spontaneous crying
  • no or disrupted sleep
  • problems with body image
  • weight gain or loss
  • increasing isolation
  • poor performance in school
  • decreasing personal hygiene

While a mental-health challenge can be hard on both a teen and their family, it is something that can be managed and healed with proactive support.

Aurora (IL) Teens: Therapy vs. Counseling

Eunoia Counseling specializes in therapy and counseling for Aurora teens. We are here to understand and work with your teen according to their thoughts and feelings, guide them with meaningful feedback and coping strategies, and contribute to an even outlook that will help to guide them further through life.

Our main concern at Eunoia Counseling is determining how to provide teens the support they need for navigating their challenges. We will work with you to help your son or daughter achieve greater peace and clarity according to their comfort and timetable. If needed, we can also discuss how to make teen therapy or counseling affordable.

You’ve likely used and heard the terms “teen therapy” and “teen counseling” interchangeably, but they have distinctions that may be helpful to recognize.

Teen counseling typically approaches a stress or mental-health concern as a defined issue for a certain period. For example, maybe an Aurora teen has been facing notable stress because of a relationship, a particular class or feelings about succeeding in sports. In other cases, a family may have experienced a death, divorce or loss of a job.

Counseling offers problem-solving to help the teen gain control of thoughts for greater peace and stability. The teen’s counseling might last for a few weeks or a full year.

When an issue is more complex and established, such as anxiety from a past trauma, therapy is a more sustained approach to managing mental health. For instance, the teen might be contending with chronic depression or anxiety or an eating disorder. Therapy will aim to identify, explain and address the root causes and to develop healthy coping mechanisms for them. Therapy might last from months to years to a lifetime.

Aurora (IL) Teen Therapy & Counseling: Starting the Path to Healing

When you arrange a visit to our office, your teen might first approach a therapy or counseling session with doubt. However, once engaged, many teens often come to appreciate and even look forward to their time with their counselor or therapist.

Our teen counselors and therapists are skilled at approaching Aurora teens who may initially be reluctant. The teen soon discovers that we offer a safe, neutral space with a non-familial adult for expressing thoughts and concerns, evaluating them and problem-solving them with their own unique coping strategies.

We also can involve parents in the process if that will benefit the teen and the family. Simply inquire about our parent-coaching sessions for supporting your teenager.

Aurora (IL): Contact Us Today:

The teenage years can be both exhilarating and trying. Your Aurora teen can approach that journey with more hope and confidence when they have a grasp of how to manage life’s changes and challenges. To further discuss therapy or counseling for your Aurora (IL) teen, contact us at (630) 340-8747 or info@eunoiacounselingnaperville.com.

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