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CREATIVE SKY PSYCHOLOGY

 

TEEN THERAPY

PREPARING TO LAUNCH

Creative Sky Psychology supports adolescents during times of challenge and growth. Teens experiencing social, academic, and adjustment issues may benefit from supportive therapy. I support teens with challenges related to:

  • Academics

  • Adjustment and Change

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

  • Anxiety (Social, General, Specific Phobias)

  • ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

  • Executive Function Challenges

  • Depression

  • Growth and Wellness

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Self-Esteem and Building Confidence

  • Sensory Processing Challenges

A Time of Change

The teen years are portrayed as a time of independence and freedom. It is also a time of exploring new relationships and opportunities with an increased awareness of self. This idealistic portrayal isn't the case for all teens. At times difficulties arise that create setbacks and roadblocks. Persistent difficulties can create roadblocks that are more difficult to overcome. Today, adolescents are under additional pressures, that become heightened due to social media. With the nature of social media, it can also be difficult to step away from the very thing that is creating anxiety and stress. During the adolescent years, teens begin to develop a new sense of identity. Decisions and choices made by teens are often aligned with their emerging identity, however for many teens, this identity is still in flux. Other decisions may be related to peer pressures and the need to “fit in”. Feelings of anxiety and depression commonly creep in due to the overwhelming changes and challenges teens face. At times self-destructive decisions are made as an escape from the anxiety, pain, and sadness they may be feeling. Often adolescents don’t feel comfortable showing their vulnerabilities to family or friends during this time of development. Creative Sky Psychology helps teens process their thoughts and feelings. All thoughts and feelings are valid, however, it is important to have tools to move through them when they aren't helping us. 

 

We help teens through difficult times using a strength-based approach. With genuine regard and acceptance, we help teens gain insight and build resiliency. If your teen is experiencing difficulties, having tools to navigate life’s roadblocks can create long-term success. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why Won't My Teen Talk To Me?

This is a very common question that arises during parent sessions. During the adolescent period of development, teens often seek independence and growth. This is a healthy and normal aspect of development; however, it can also be very concerning for parents especially if they are concerned about their teen's mental health. Even with the best parental intentions and strategies, in the process of individualization, teens often push their parents away. This change in the family dynamic is a difficult new reality for many parents. You love your teen and want to help. Additionally, if you are feeling worried or concerned, this adds to the challenge of knowing when to push or pull back. It can help to let your teen know you are concerned and are available to help. Try asking, rather than telling. Ensure, you do this when your teen is calm and is able to talk. We offer individual parenting sessions and/or family sessions to help navigate these challenging periods. Parent's often find it helpful to discuss their own concerns and explore strategies that may increase wellness within the family system.  

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How does Therapy Work for Teens?

Therapy is an excellent tool used to help your teen gain insight and find ways to learn, grow, and build resiliency. Learning effective coping strategies and developing insight will help your teen understand themselves better, increasing their capacity to face challenges. I am trained in several therapeutic modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, nd Positive Psychology. I also incorporate emotion and body regulation strategies to help teens learn to recognize and cope with various challenges. ACT therapy helps teens learn intrinsic ways of being that align with the person they want to become. Experiential techniques are embedded into this style of therapy which enables teens to learn flexibility and insight to thoughts, actions, and feelings. The therapeutic relationship is an important factor in working with adolescents. We maintain a non-judgemental, non-expert stance which allows for adolescents to grow and learn under the umbrella of autonomy. Teens are encouraged to trail various therapeutic tools/strategies during sessions as well as in-between sessions. 

What is ACT Therapy for Teens?

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is a psychological intervention that combines acceptance and mindfulness with strategies of gaining insight and flexibility to increase psychological wellness.  Teens are encouraged to act towards a preferred outcome or what they value most. This type of therapy is extremely beneficial during the adolescent period as it allows teens to explore and increase their awareness of who they are with an experienced practitioner. Teens have a strong need to feel a sense of autonomy and do best in sessions when they are given that opportunity. 

  

What is ACT Therapy used for?

ACT therapy as a proven treatment for the following conditions:

  1. Depression​

  2. Anxiety

  3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  4. Self-Esteem Issues

  5. Creating Positivity and Wellness

CBT for Teens

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is a method of therapy commonly used at Creative Sky Psychology. It is especially helpful when combined with other therapeutic modalities. CBT allows teens to learn about their thoughts, learn to challenge their thoughts, and learn to replace their thoughts with more adaptive or positive thoughts. As our thoughts guide our actions, this style of therapy is helpful in changing and reframing thoughts that are causing areas of challenge. CBT is very useful in "retraining" the brain and helping teens feel in control and empowered. CBT is useful in supporting all areas of challenge, however is especially helpful for teens who are experiencing anxiety, social anxiety, negative self-talk, self-harm behaviours, specific phobias, panic, and depression. 

Creative Sky and Teen Therapy

We work with teens to manage areas of challenge and build autonomy, confidence, and wellness. Please book online or contact the Creative Sky Office for additional information.