The Teenager

At times, parents may find that their adolescent is experiencing roadblocks in one or more of the following areas: depression, anxiety, mood-swings, past trauma, behaviour problems, parent-teen conflict and major life changes (e.g., death of a loved one or divorce). Sometimes, it is the teen that feels that they need someone neutral to talk to.

At Sand Story Psychology Services, we make a special effort to understand the challenges that young people face today, to see them for who they are and to let them tell us through our connection and their stories what they need to succeed. We believe that adolescents need close connections to their parents now more than ever and we embrace the opportunity to work closely with the parents to best support their teen while respecting the adolescents need for privacy and to feel some sense of agency in the process.

Meaningful relationships are the heart of adolescence. The Sand Story team prioritizes forming healthy, trusting relationships with teens to provide a comfortable environment where they feel safe sharing. Adolescents can have different responses to therapy. Some engage quickly, while others may resist the counselling process. Resisting does not mean counselling won’t work. The key is to gently persist to give the young person the opportunity to engage and build trust.