Teens are capable of talking through their thoughts and feelings given a chance and the right setting. The Christian Counseling environment is designed to be that space and will help teens through their numerous tests and trials.
While it is completely normal to experience angst during the teen years, the stresses of being a teenager should never prevent your child–or your family–from flourishing. The teen years are all about self-discovery and testing boundaries in order to shape identity. This can put a real strain on even the healthiest family relationships. If your teen is struggling and you are finding it difficult to cope with the challenges at home, we encourage you to seek help.
Christian counseling is a wonderful opportunity for your teenager to ask serious questions, develop healthy habits, and discover strengths and weaknesses. A Christian counselor can provide a safe, non-judgmental ear and compassionate, balanced perspective to help your teenager process the challenges of growing into early adulthood. A Christian counselor can also help your teen learn to build healthy peer relationships while modeling positive interpersonal skills in the client-counselor relationship. Ultimately, Christian counseling for teens provides support for teens and their families as they try to navigate these difficult years.
Common Issues Facing Today's Teens
Being a teenager has never been easy–and the personal, academic, and social demands facing today’s teens are perhaps greater than ever before. Some of the issues teenagers wrestle with haven’t really changed: peer pressure, sex and relationships, and academic burdens have always been, and continue to be, among most teenagers’ main preoccupations. But many of these concerns are more acute than ever, and with the rise of eating disorders, gun violence, substance abuse, and cyber bullying, it’s no wonder today’s teens are stressed.
Warning Signs in Teens
Your teen may be reluctant to talk to you about the problems he or she is facing. While this can make it difficult to discern what is a real concern and what is normal teenage behavior, there are ways to tell the difference. Common warning signs include a sudden change in social behavior, extreme shifts in mood, increase or decrease in appetite, and poor academic performance. But this is not a comprehensive list of warning signs.
Teen Problems Can Be Complicated: 5 Tips for Parents to Help
By Spencer Fox,
Posted March 29th, 2017
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Hello, parent-of-a-teenager-with-problems (a.k.a. most parents of teenagers)! If you’ve found yourself here, you’re probably going through some tough times at home. Perhaps your child has grown up faster than you could have ever imagined and suddenly they are trying to claim independence at a rate you’re not ready for. Maybe your teenager is going through struggles of their own, like depression, bullying, or anxiety, and you are not sure how you can help.
You might have multiple adolescents laying the groundwork for World War III in your home and you and your spouse are struggling to just get everyone to the table for peace talks. Whatever the situation, raising a teenager is hard work. But there is good news! This is perfectly normal, and while you might be struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, there are things you can do to help your teenager and bring the family together.
Before we get into some tips, however, let’s address the question:
“What is a teenager?”
This might seem like an obvious question, but it’s helpful to acknowledge that to be a teenager means many different things. On the surface, we could define this as the age range 13-19. However, with every year that passes, adolescence seems to be growing in both directions. More and more, adolescence is continuing into the early 20’s as financial realities are pushing adolescents to rely on their parents longer and longer. On the other end, the proliferation of social media and the interconnected nature
2 Signs that Mental Health in Children is at Risk in 2016
Posted August 24th, 2016
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Living in today’s fast-paced and increasingly unpredictable world, you might wonder what the future (or even the present) holds for the mental health of children in these times. This is a natural question, given that our children are growing up in a world full of violence, both in the media, we are exposed to and in the real world we live in.
The Impact of Violence on Our Children
One risk for children today is the extent and the degree to which they are exposed to threats or violence. Tragically, many children in our culture are exposed to threats and/or violence on a daily basis. We see this in things like exposure to unhealthy media (news, TV shows, video games, Internet sites, etc.), bullying, and hearing about the painful events that occur in our nation and our world.
This exposure to violent media can increase aggressiveness in children. This is a serious concern given that many of the most popular games played by young people today encourage the players to kill, or at least injure, the other characters in order to succeed. Role-playing games, arcade games (fighting games), and so-called “first-person shooter” games are some of the genres that immediately come to mind. Did you know that there are mainstream, widely-available games that promote things like senselessly murdering people, stealing cars, and having sex with prostitutes? These are the kinds of “games” that some children in our culture are filling their minds with.
A Christian Counselor Addresses Sex Addiction in the Church
By Chris Chandler,
Posted August 1st, 2014
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References “Pure Desire” by Ted Roberts
Sex addiction– that doesn’t happen to Christians, right? I mean, no Christian would ever look at porn or take any approach to sex other than “It doesn’t tempt me.” Of course we don’t think like that. And what if maintaining this facade that all of us are basically saints who never struggle with sin is keeping struggling believers from seeking the repentance and recovery they need? Sin is shameful enough. If a person thinks they are the only Christian to ever contend with that specific sin, it makes it even more shameful. They feel as if they couldn’t possibly be a Christian because no legitimate believer would engage in this kind of behavior.
For some reason, individual believers have gotten it into their heads that they are unique in their sin lives. This is probably because we do not spend a lot of time at church talking about our pitfalls and sources of shame during the week. Maybe we should.
Create Camaraderie Within the Church
In his book, “Pure Desire,” Ted Roberts suggests churches work to eliminate the isolationist atmosphere that leads individuals to think they are the only believers to stumble through a certain valley. He recalls a time he was asked to speak before a congregation in the Bible Belt. The church’s pastor asked Roberts to speak about the great things God was doing in his congregation. Roberts replied, “I would love to do that, but I