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The Power of Online Therapy For Teens

Teen Therapy
Teen Counseling

Teen Therapy focuses on young children, teens, and adolescents with mental health-related issues regarding school and home functioning. Online therapy for teens eliminates many of the barriers that may have previously deterred them from seeking assistance. It offers a sense of anonymity that can encourage open and honest communication, allowing teens to express their thoughts and emotions more freely. 

 

It provides solutions to teens who struggle with mental health-related issues such as anxiety, oppositional defiant behaviors, trauma, and/or who are experiencing a dysfunctional or stressful home and school environment.

 

The teenage years offer plenty of opportunities for self-discovery, individuality, and personal growth but they can also involve plenty of challenges, like:

  • hormonal changes that affect moods and emotions

  • friend group shifts

  • bullying

  • School or family stress

  • stress related to global concerns, like COVID-19 or climate change

 

Also, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance use disorders often begin during adolescence. Many times, these issues are unrecognized and untreated for years, which can develop into psychological problems.

These issues represent just a handful of the possible obstacles standing in the way of good emotional and mental health. In short, adolescence can be a rough time, something parents might remember from their own youth.

Take depression, for example. According to 2021 statistics from Mental Health America:

  • Nearly 14 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 had one or more major depressive episodes in the last year

  • Almost 10 percent live with major depression

  • Just under 60 percent of teens with depression never get professional support

The Rise of Online Counseling For Teens 

Online therapy for teens has the potential to significantly improve the mental well-being of adolescents, providing them with the support they need to navigate the complexities of adolescence. 

 

Some teenagers never get the help they need because they struggle to share it with others. Many teens and their families also lack access to quality and affordable care. Some may even find the idea of seeing a therapist for teenage depression daunting because of feel like they have a serious problem. Moreover, physically going into a counseling center and meeting with a stranger (therapist) is not an easy task for anyone. 

 

That is why virtual therapy is quickly becoming the preference for teens and adults to meet in the comfort of their homes. Lighthouse Counseling is paneled with healthcare insurance companies like Cigna, MHN Medicare, Aetna, and Optum that will cover all the costs or most of them (depending on the healthcare provider) for the therapy sessions.    

What To Expect From Online Therapy for Teens?

Our therapists for teenage depression and anxiety offer support to teens who might actually prefer online counseling rather than going into a counseling facility. Many can benefit in many ways from online therapy for teens . In fact, they do find the idea of an online therapist more appealing than sitting in an office. Since feeling more comfortable with the therapy format can make it easier to open up, they might get more out of therapy. 

 

Just like in-person therapy, virtual therapy for teens may involve discussions about issues like:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • concerns related to self-esteem or personal identity

  • bullying

  • eating disorders

  • anger

 

They can also teach coping skills to better manage stress, offer guidance on navigating challenges in friendships or family relationships, and more. Guardians can also interact with therapists to get guidance and support in improving their relationship with their teens.

 

Teens can share any emotional and mental health symptoms with their therapist in a private video-conferencing “room” (that parents and caregivers can’t access during the session). They can address their therapist with issues that are difficult with their parents, and the therapist can help them to recognize and process those issues in different therapy sessions. They can also book telephone, video, or live chat sessions that happen in real-time, just like face-to-face therapy sessions.

 

Help Your Teen Function Best

Our online therapy for teens helps them understand the root cause of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and gives them the tools to make beneficial changes to help them feel and function better. Counseling helps teens work through issues and empowers them to use what they learn to find solutions to the issues they face.

 

Attending counseling sessions can help improve teen’s self-confidence, overall mood, and self-esteem. Through therapy, teens learn and strengthen vital skills such as emotion regulation, effective communication, empathy, assertiveness, and self-awareness.

 

Find a Therapist for Teenage Anxiety & Depression

Counseling is beneficial for teens experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. If you notice your teen showing signs of psychological or behavioral issues, we urge you to contact Lighthouse Counseling Solutions to schedule an appointment

 

Counseling isn’t just for teens experiencing mental health issues. All teens can benefit from therapy. If your teen is struggling to recover from a traumatic event, we can help.

  • Can parents or guardians be involved in teen therapy sessions?
    In most cases, our therapists encourage family involvement to some extent, but it depends on the specific therapy approach and the teenager's preferences. We may also have occasional sessions with parents or guardians to provide updates and guidance.
  • Can teenagers switch to in-person therapy if online therapy isn't working for them?
    Yes, absolutely. If online therapy for teens isn't the right fit, you are free to start the in-person therapy sessions. The therapists at Therapy Lighthouse are trained to adapt their approaches and may have suggestions to improve the online therapy experience before considering a switch.
  • Is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy for teens?
    Yes, absolutely. However, the effectiveness depends upon certain factors including: Individual Needs and Preferences Type of Therapy Therapist Competence Privacy and Safety Severity of Issues Parental Involvement Regular evaluation and open communication between the teen, therapist, and any involved caregivers are essential for a successful therapeutic experience. For more details, get in touch with our team .
  • Are there age restrictions for teen therapy?
    Generally, teenagers under the age of 13 and older with parental consent can undergo therapy, whether it's in-person or online. In some cases, mature minors are considered capable of making their own informed decisions, especially if they are over a certain age of around 16 or 17.
  • Who can benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
    This can benefit people of all ages, from children to adults. It is often used in individual therapy, group therapy, and even self-help formats. It is suitable for those with mild to severe mental health issues. If you are someone who is looking for help to overcome any mental health challenge, consult with our qualified professionals today.
  • What happens in a CBT session?
    In a CBT session, a therapist and the client work together to identify problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The therapist helps the client challenge and reframe negative thought patterns and develop coping strategies.
  • Is CBT time-limited or long-term?
    CBT is typically time-limited and structured. Many CBT interventions are designed to be relatively short-term, often lasting from 8 to 20 sessions. However, the duration may vary based on individual needs and the nature of the problem being addressed. For related queries, reach out to our team now.
  • Can CBT be personalized?
    Yes, absolutely. CBT is highly adaptable and can be personalized to address the unique needs and circumstances of each individual. This personalization is essential for the effectiveness of CBT as a therapeutic approach. It ensures that the treatment aligns with the client's goals and experiences.
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  • Is online teletherapy as effective as in-person sessions
    Yes, absolutely. Our research indicates that online counseling can be just as effective and impactful as in-person sessions, providing adaptable support to those who need it. It also brings the convenience and comfort of doing it from your own home.
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  • Should both partners attend every session?
    Ideally, both partners should attend every session to ensure that both perspectives are heard and worked on. However, in some cases, one partner may attend individual therapy alongside couples therapy to address personal issues. For related queries, schedule an appointment with us today.
  • When should a couple consider therapy?
    Couples may consider therapy if they are experiencing communication problems, frequent conflicts, emotional distance, infidelity, or other relationship challenges that they are unable to resolve on their own.
  • What happens during a couples counseling session?
    During a typical session, couples typically discuss their concerns and feelings in a safe and structured environment. The therapist may ask questions, provide insights, and suggest exercises or homework to address specific issues. Throughout the therapy, the therapist will assess the couple's progress toward their goals. Adjustments to the treatment plan may be made as needed.
  • How long does couples therapy typically last?
    The duration varies depending on the complexity of the issues and the progress made. Some couples benefit from a few sessions, while others may continue therapy for several months or longer.
  • Is individual therapy only for people with mental health disorders?
    Not certainly, individual therapy can be beneficial for anyone experiencing emotional distress, seeking personal growth, or facing life challenges. This also addresses other issues including: Anxiety Stress Depression Relationship Problems Grief and Loss Trauma Addiction Personal Growth and development
  • Are the individual sessions confidential?
    Yes, absolutely. Our therapists are legally and ethically bound to protect your privacy. They cannot disclose your personal information without your consent, except in specific circumstances where there may be a risk of harm to yourself or others.
  • How often should I attend individual counseling sessions?
    The frequency of therapy sessions can vary, but many people start with weekly sessions and then gradually reduce the frequency as they make progress. Your therapist will work with you to determine the best schedule. To know more in detail, reach out to our team.
  • How long does the session last?
    A standard counseling session typically lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour. This duration allows for a focused conversation between the therapist and the client while also allowing time for the therapist to document notes and prepare for the next session. The length of a therapy session is something you can discuss and negotiate with your therapist. To know more in detail, reach out to our team.
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