Teen Depression Counseling in Phoenix Arizona, Biltmore, Arcadia, Paradise Valley .

I have worked with thousands of youth over the past fifteen years and I can tell you that there can be many factors that impact a depressed mood and there can be many pieces in the puzzle for a child or teen with a depressed mood or what looks like depression or what meets the criteria for depression. Depression should be addressed by a mental health professional who specializes in children and teens and families.

I have had clients that are using substances to deal with pain. There pain can be many things. One example can be grief and loss or not having a beloved parent or family member in their life. Many children and teens feel like they wish a parent was more involved in their life and many feel sad that they do not know their Biological parent. Of course some parents are not psychologically and are not emotionally available for their children however a child or teen does not understand all of this like an adult does he or she is still developing and so is their brain.

I have had clients that feel socially left out at school or outside of school and very much would like friends and struggle with why they are having trouble making quality friends or holding onto quality friends. Their negative self talk about themselves takes a hold of their emotions and mood and they do feel very depressed. I have had many children and teens who show signs of depression whom have broken up with a beloved friend in what they consider a romantic relationship and are devastated when the break up or disharmony spills out. 

There are many children and adolescent teens I work with that are depressed due to their struggles at school and lack of motivation to get good grades or do homework or attend class. Most of the children have negative self talk and they do not believe they can do well in class and therefore sabotage themselves and fail or do poorly. Through CBT and other forms of counseling and mental health support as well as working with parents giving them tips your child can overcome the depressed mood. 

There are many children and teens that struggle with family communication and mood regulation. The child or teen is angry and irritable and does not know how to communicate thoughts and feelings in a healthy way . What the parent sees is explosive rage and yelling and maybe avoiding the family as well as many other behavioral issues stemming from family relationships and this too can look like depression or qualify as a depressed mood in many youth and children.

I have worked with children and teens who have been abused as well as who have been bullied at school. Since school is a huge part of a child’s life it has a severe impact on them and their self esteem and psychological well being. Many children are afraid to tell their parents they are being bullied because they perceive it will get worse and are afraid. These children can have anxiety and depressed mood as well as other challenges due to their emotional pain.

I have worked with many children and teens with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers ( past diagnosis) as well as learning disabilities , ADHD, conduct Disorders, Oppositional defiance and more. Managing these disorders is vital in your child or teens mental health so they can feel happy and balanced in their lives. If not addressed many will feel depressed or down and will have negative thinking that negatively impacts their mood as well as their behaviors. The negative mood and thoughts can be addressed via CBT counseling and there are other counseling skills to help elevate your child and teens mood so they are not feeling depressed.

Many parents seek medication from a provider. Research shows that children and teens should have counseling for best results if on medications.

My approach is working with each unique child to help them find balance in all areas of life as well as work with parents for best outcomes.

www.lifeworksaz.com specializes in working with youth and families in Phoenix AZ and valley wide for over 15 years.

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