Thanks for checking out this page and, at least, considering counseling. If you’re a teen, this page if for you.
First of all, there are a lot of misconceptions of what therapy is and who it’s for. We want to give you a realistic sense of what it is and isn’t, at least from our perspective.
Therapy is not:
- For fuck’d up or crazy people. If you’re even considering therapy then you’re taking a step in the direction of being healthy and whole. It takes character and courage to go to therapy.
- About you being bad or in trouble. You shouldn’t be forced to come to therapy. We don’t expect you to be excited about coming at first but we would want you to be at least willing to come because you’re curious about how it might be helpful.
- Going to involve you being lectured or talked down to. You’ve probably already gotten enough lectures coming your way. We’re guessing you’re pretty smart and don’t need another adult telling you what’s right and wrong. We’re much more interested in your point of view and learning about how you see the world so that we can help you sort out the things that matter to you.
- About changing who you are. You’re perfect the way you are. Any problems you’re having are about tools and skills that you haven’t learned yet as well as dynamics that are happening in your family that are only partially to do with you.
- About blaming your parents or anyone else. Your parents may be annoying and insanely frustrating to you at times but they love you and are trying the best they can. Hopefully they’ll be open to working on some things as well.