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Teen Anxiety Therapy

You can remember a time when you didn’t worry so much about everything. Or maybe you were always a worrier.

But now, things are different.

Now, it seems like you worry about everything.

You may worry about taking a test, being around other people, or simply worry about any and everything.

You know something is wrong, but you can’t figure out what it is.

You don’t really feel you can tell your family or friends how you really feel. Maybe you don’t want to burden them. Or maybe you think they won’t understand.

You try to hide your anxiety because you don’t want to be a burden to others. You know it doesn’t always make sense, but you can’t help it. You’re tired of all the “what ifs” that run through your mind. You want to stop mentally replaying conversations or past actions. You constantly put yourself down.

Maybe you’ve tried alcohol or marijuana as a way to mellow you out. And you were able to forget your worries for a little while when you drank or got high, which was kind of great. But you know this won’t actually get rid of your anxiety; it just comes back, sometimes worse than before because now you’re worried about what will happen if your parents find out. You want a real solution.

You’re trying your best to cope with the anxiety, but it’s just not working out. You want a regular teenage life, to just feel normal like your friends seem to. You want to do things without being afraid or wishing you could disappear.

Sometimes it’s hard to put anxiety into words. When you don’t even really get what’s going on, it’s that much harder to try to explain it to someone else. But don’t worry, I’ve been doing this a while. I’m used to people having a hard time explaining things, and fortunately, I know how to ask questions to help us both understand your anxiety.

And that’s where we’ll start – understanding anxiety in general and your anxiety specifically. It’s not the same for everyone. While we work to help you better understand it, I’ll give you strategies to help you manage the anxiety, so it stops getting in your way.

I will help you look at situations in a more helpful, realistic way that is less likely to lead to anxiety and worry. I won’t promise you that we’ll get rid of your anxiety. In fact, I promise you we won’t get rid of it. And I don’t want to help you try to do that. Anxiety can actually be helpful (read more about that here).

As a result of therapy, your anxiety will be less overwhelming and it won’t happen as often. You’ll feel in charge again. You’ll enjoy your time with friends. You won’t freak out about that test. You’ll stop calling yourself names. You’ll feel confident that you can handle whatever comes your way. When you do feel anxious or worried, you’ll understand it and know that it makes sense. And most importantly, you’ll know exactly what to do about it.

You’re probably wondering if things could be better than the way they are now…

Maybe you’re feeling:

Tense. You’re heart is pounding and your breathing is heavy. You feel a knot in the pit of your stomach.

A LOT of self doubt. You believe the negative chatter that you say to yourself.

Like the worst possible thing can and will happen and you won’t be able to handle it.

Like everyone is judging and thinking the worst about you.

All kinds of feelings and sometimes no feelings at all. You may wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” “Why can’t I just be normal like other people?”

Like no one understands you and you feel alone in your experiences.

Maybe you secretly wish that:

You could just feel courageous and confident in any situation.

You could care less what other’s think of you.

People would just get off your back and let you be.

You felt happy and alive more often.

The Role of Family

Parent involvement is key to successful therapy. This may appear different based on individual circumstances. Parents may be asked to join sessions, have parent consultation sessions without their teen present, and/or be given recommendations to follow at home to support the therapeutic process.

If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Please note that counseling services are for Florida residents only. Thank you and let me know if I can be of any further assistance.