At Alive Counselling, we have an incredible team of therapists to help find the right fit for *you* and your unique needs. That includes *you*, teens! Many therapists are not keen on teens, but we have a team of therapists, including former teachers or youth workers, who love providing therapy for teens in Kelowna, BC.

Meet our Team of Teen Therapists in Kelowna:

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Samantha Cooper

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Lauren Mills

Laura Belland

Stacey Boe

Erik Olson

What does Therapy for Teens Look Like

Therapy for teens can be beneficial in addressing a wide range of issues, including mental health challenges, academic stress, family issues, social difficulties, anxiety, stress, depression, social anxiety, relationships, trauma, identity, guidance and more. Here are some common types of therapy and approaches that are often used for teenagers: (But please note, we personalize our approach based on *you*)

  1. Traditional Talk Therapy & Do Therapy: Depending on their emotional maturity levels, some teens fit well within the traditional model of “talk therapy.” And this is great! BUT, if this is not for you, no worries. In our digital world sitting across from an adult/stranger staring at each other expecting to talk can be intimidating. That is why we incorporate fun games, icebreakers, talking points, and what I like to call “Talk and DO Therapy” because we can often work on something together which allows the talking to flow more naturally. This can be a puzzle, coloring, walking, shooting hoops, playing a card game, Basecamp, or many more resources we like to use.
  2. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a widely used approach that helps teens identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. It is effective for treating various mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress. I recommend downloading the free app MINDSHIFT and also checking out the free website specific for Adults, Teens, and Children at Anxiety Canada for Teen Specific resources like this free online course.
  3. Individual Therapy: One-on-one sessions with a therapist provide a private and confidential space for teens to explore their thoughts and feelings. It can be particularly effective for issues such as identity exploration, self-esteem, and personal growth. These are absolutely confidential meaning we will never tell your mom what you tell us, unless of course it falls under our legal and ethical obligation to report (i.e. imminent harm to you or someone), but we cover that and walk that out together if ever needed.
  4. Walk & Talk Therapy: Walk & Talk Therapy can be great for teens because it involves being outside, movement (to regulate the nervous system), is less “clinical” or formal, and there is not direct eye contact which can allow for more authentic conversation to flow.
  5. Art or Play Therapy: Especially effective for younger teens, art or play therapy allows expression through creative mediums. This can be particularly helpful for those who may struggle to communicate verbally.
  6. Mindfulness-Based Therapies: Techniques such as mindfulness and meditation can help teens manage stress, improve focus, and develop emotional regulation skills.
  7. Trauma-Informed Therapy: For teens who have experienced trauma, this type of therapy focuses on creating a safe and supportive environment, helping them process and cope with the effects of trauma.
  8. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT is often used for adolescents struggling with emotional regulation, self-harm, or impulsive behavior. It combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies.
  9. Family Therapy: This involves the whole family and can help improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen relationships. Family therapy is particularly useful when addressing issues like family dynamics, divorce, or other significant life changes. We do not require nor always recommend this. However, at Alive Counselling we have a great team of therapists to find the right fit for the whole family to have their own therapist if they would like or have a great referral network of therapists in Kelowna.

When seeking therapy for a teen, it’s important to involve them in the decision-making process and find a therapist who specializes in working with adolescents, youth or teens. Additionally, confidentiality and trust are crucial aspects of the therapeutic relationship, so the teen should feel comfortable with their therapist.

It’s advisable for parents or guardians to actively support and participate in the therapy process, especially in cases where family dynamics play a significant role in the teen’s challenges. If you’re considering therapy for a teen, check out our team below and fill out the form below for any questions and we will be sure to get back to you!

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