There is something beautiful in you seeking freedom.Bryant McGill
Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.Steve Maraboli
Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?Ian Wallace
Teenage Angst: Just Moodiness or More Serious?
When a teenager feels depressed, agitated, isolated, nervous, or angry, the behavior that manifests may look like self-hatred, people pleasing, lying, sarcasm, talking back, dissociating, raging, hitting, or experimenting with substances. In most cases, this acting out behavior is normal, often a teenager’s way of establishing his or her identity, exploring autonomy and dependence. However, if this behavior is ongoing and begins to interfere with family relationships and school activities, it is essential to recognize and address it.
Early treatment of this acting out behavior may avoid more destructive and dangerous symptoms including:
- Drug use
- Increased sexual activity
- Eating disorders
- Anti-social behavior
- Suicidal tendencies
Christina helps troubled teens and their families:
- Understand that these behaviors are coping mechanisms for a dysregulated nervous system
- Reach out to others for help and re-connect with themselves in order to regulate their emotions
- Reduce and work towards eliminating the need to explore self-sabotaging behaviors
- Learn how the developing brain influences both our minds and our relationships
- Identify, honor, and integrate feelings and images
- Learn skills such as Mindfulness practice that support emotional regulation, calm thinking, and idea processing
- Cultivate a healthier inner experience and social connection to others
- Create a safe and loving environment to encourage expression of difficult feelings
To schedule a free introductory 15-minute Teen Counseling session by phone or to make an appointment, email Christina at [email protected] or call her at 310-614-9922.