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Teens, Trouble & Tension

 

Group Art therapy for Young Adults Ages 13-17

 

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  • Are you worried about your teenager’s social development?
  • Does your teen struggle with grades or behaving in class?
  • Is he or she bullied? Lonely?
  • Looking for a way to keep them out of trouble?
  • Trouble with alcohol, drugs, or promiscuous behaviors?

More than anything, teens just want to be heard! At this fragile time in their lives, they have so many questions and emotions and most are afraid to ask. The pressures and experiences they encounter now WILL affect the rest of their lives. Q: Do you know what most teen-related issues can stem from? A: Self-esteem! It can set the stage for one’s entire life. Self-esteem helps teens deal with emotional stress and making good choices.

Did you know?

  • Girls who engage in unprotected sex often have lower self esteem than their counterparts
  • Low self-esteem affects their judgment regarding risky behavior and use of illegal drugs
  • Depression can stem from feeling as though you are not good enough.
  • Teenagers who cannot overcome their feelings of hopelessness and low self esteem resort to suicide.

 

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There are many factors that can contribute to a teen having low self esteem. Here are some of the factors that may contribute to teen self esteem problems:

  • Appearance (self image) – Teenagers are very concerned about their self image. This can be difficult to overcome, because in some cases it can be difficult to change one’s appearance. Overweight teens often feel bad about themselves, as do teens that think that there is some sort of irregularity with the way they look.
  • Peers – There may not be direct reason, but teenagers may be bullied or pressured by their peers. This type of negative treatment can make teenagers feel like outcasts.
  • Parents – Parents, coaches and teachers who always criticize can make a teenager feel as though he or she never good enough, and is never valued. Such constant criticism may cause him or her to feel unloved.
  • Unrealistic expectations – Often, a teen can develop low self esteem because he or she is not “living up” to the expectations that one sets for oneself. A teenager can, at some times, be his or her own hardest critic.

Most teenagers are reluctant and uncomfortable with verbalizing their true feelings – especially to their parents. If you’re concerned about your teen’s behavior, you CAN do something to help. Sign them up for teen group therapy and give them a safe place to be heard and ask the hard questions.

For young people grasping for some understanding of the world they live in, art can provide a new avenue for personal expression. When the introspective nature of creating and expressing art is combined with the social experience of group therapy, a powerful therapeutic setting is created as new lines of communication and avenues for change emerge.

 

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What’s important is to create a safe environment where a wide variety of concerns (e.g., substance abuse, social skills) can be addressed and discussed. The dynamics of group therapy allow for interpersonal and intrapersonal growth with one’s peers and are uniquely different from one-to-one interactions with a counselor.

Also, teens find safety in numbers and become more involved at the encouragement and example of their peers.
Common issues teen art therapy addresses are:

  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism/Asperger’s
  • Alcohol, smoking and drug use
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Physical disabilities
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Risky behaviors and promiscuity

 

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Weekly Group Therapy Sessions – Teens, Trouble, & Tension Teens will create positive and healthy self-esteem by role-playing, artistic expression, and group activities. If you’re worried about your teen, they may be more comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with peers than with adults while a therapist guides the discussion. Space limited to 10 participants. Session held Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The benefits of art therapy for adolescents: It doesn’t seem like therapy to draw, paint or create Art develops individuality Teens are drawn to graffiti Imagery produces personal metaphors Instills creative problem-solving

 

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What others are saying about “Teens, Trouble, & Tension”

“When my parents divorced, I didn’t have anyone to talk to about it until my mom signed me up for group. Just talking about it to someone has really helped me understand.” – Melinda, 14

“My son used to stay at home all the time and didn’t have many friends before trying this. Now he’s going on dates and trying out for the basketball team!” – Diane, 35

“I’ve always been proud of my daughter, but seeing her dress more appropriately and hold her head up when she walks truly melts my heart” – William, 46

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