The onset of adolescence is marked when puberty begins, which could range from ages 8 to 14, but adolescence could last until age 18. One prominent feature in the psychosocial development of an adolescent is the establishment of identity in which the person tries to figure out “Who am I?”, but is confused as to which of many possible roles to adopt.
Adolescents struggle as they go through with their identity crises. As teenagers try to find who they are and what they want to be in the larger social order, they face influences and stress from their family and cultures, peers and their relationships, and sexuality in which adolescents face confusion in trying to find balance in who they want to be. However, oftentimes peer pressure has more influence than family in discovering one’s identity and uniqueness.
Counseling adolescents in their search for their identities amidst a wide range of relational issues and problems could help to find balance in searching who they want to be. I work with teens facing the following issues and concerns:
- Teen Depression
- Dealing with Divorced Parents
- Effective Communication with Parents
- Academic Problems
- Adolescents Transitioning to Early Adulthood
- Peer Pressure
- Child Abuse
- Overcoming Addictions
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Planning for College
Stress and Time Management