“You don’t wake up and become a butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kuir

Many young people struggle to navigate their feelings while facing the unique challenges adolescent. As young people start down new roads of independence and begin discovering their unique identity, this can be a confusing and scary time. Counseling can provide adolescents with an affirming, supportive environment to explore all of their concerns with a trusted professional. As a parent or guardian, it can be scary when your child stops communicating or is in distress. Here are some signs your adolescent may be going through a tough emotional time:

● Spending more time alone/ in their room.
● Difficulty making or keeping friends
● Poor self image and self confidence
● Sudden change in mood
● Sleeping too much or too little
● Sudden drop in grades or change in academic interest and performance
● Increased irritability, crying or disengagement
● Experiencing chronic physical health symptoms

Common concerns addressed in therapy
● Depression or low mood
● Low self confidence or low body image
● Anxiety and stress
● Issues with friendships
● School and academic stress
● Struggles with adjustment (divorce, switching schools, moving, new additions to
the family)
● Difficulties balancing school, extracurriculars, and social life
● Identity exploration such as sexuality and gender

Our Approach:
At Sage Wellness, our therapists are dedicated to creating a safe space for your child to feel comfortable and supported. Trust and safety are important in any relationship, and we recognize that it is especially important for adolescents. For many adolescents, therapy may be the only place they feel comfortable opening up about their struggles. Our therapists can help your child navigate life stressors, develop healthy coping
skills, process their feelings, and increase their self-esteem. Therapy can provide the space for your child to explore their concerns, recognize their strengths, and make significant positive change.

At Sage Wellness, our therapists counsel from a person-centered approach utilizing evidence-based techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Research shows that collaboration between the therapist, guardian/parent, and other important adults in the adolescent’s life is often the best indicator of positive outcomes in therapy. This may include talking with teachers, school counselors or child’s doctors. We look
forward to a positive collaborative relationship where we are all working together to support your child. We invite you and your adolescent to check out our team of therapists to find a therapist they will feel the most comfortable working with.