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Techniques for Counseling Adolescents

Often, the majority of teenagers are currently facing many challenges than the younger children and the adults. Some of the problems that these teens have to face include peer-pressure, identity struggles and fitting in. Often, they seek to be independent but still want to be guided. Most often, teens than adults are likely to make decisions without considering the implications and felinvincible. The therapists must understand the developmental challenges faced by youths before providing them with advice.

Replace Negative Self-talk
Often times, adolescents struggling with mental health disorders like anxiety and depression will always experience negative-talk about themselves meaning that they conceive negative thoughts about themselves. Most cases, they will already judge themselves of failing whenever faced with a difficult situation instead of viewing it as a challenge. They tend to view things as being hopeless and have a pessimistic outlook on life. One a technique that you can apply when counseling such teens is helping them change these negative thoughts to positive ones. Have them write down their thoughts every hour the day before they come for the counseling sessions. Once he comes for the counseling session, go through their list and help him improve all the negative thoughts into being positive.

Group Counseling
Adolescent therapists also encourage their clients to try out group counseling. In group counseling, the therapist tries to make the teens see that they are not the only ones experiencing problems and also gets them to help each other out. Sometimes, a teenager might not respond to an adult even if it’s a counselor when she tries to tell them that drinking until they pass out is hazardous, but he might listen to one of his peers. When working with an adolescent population, it can be quite effective if you used other teens who have struggled with similar problems.

Repeat Information Through Questions: When working with adolescents, counselors must be careful not to push their clients away by combating them over every issue. You can solve that problem by repeating information that sounds irrational and unreasonable back to a teenager in the form of a question. For instance, a teen may say to you, “I don’t care I get teased every day”, you must not insist to them that they care but rather respond by asking them whether they don’t get bothered by the fact that their mates make fun of them every other day. When the response is put in a question form, many adolescents think about the statement that they just made and it sounds different and possibly irrational coming from someone else. What you will be doing is asking following up questions rather than objecting to what the teen said.

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