Adolescent Online Therapy

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Online Therapy for Adolescents

Middle and high school students are able to attend sessions individually online, just as they would in the clinic. I encourage parents to be present for the first and last five minutes of each session so we can check-in, but I can follow-up with parents after the session if need be. I have met with many adolescents via telehealth/ online therapy and most find it is just as normal as in-person sessions, as teens are familiar with online communication.  


Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives, and they lead to undesirable behaviors. Through therapy and treatment, you can recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had.  Counseling modalities may include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), biofeedback training, and self-hypnosis. 

Depression

Sadness is something we all experience. It is a normal reaction to a loss or a setback, but it usually passes with a little time. Depression is different. If you are wondering if you may have depression, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you constantly feel sad, anxious, or even “empty,” like you feel nothing?
  • Do you feel hopeless or like everything is going wrong?
  • Do you feel like you’re worthless or helpless? Do you feel guilty about things?
  • Do you feel irritable much of the time?
  • Do you find yourself spending more time alone and withdrawing from friends and family?
  • Are your grades dropping?
  • Have you lost interest or pleasure in activities and hobbies that you used to enjoy?
  • Have your eating or sleeping habits changed (eating or sleeping more than usual or less than usual)?
  • Do you always feel tired? Like you have less energy than normal or no energy at all?
  • Do you feel restless or have trouble sitting still?
  • Do you feel like you have trouble concentrating, remembering information, or making decisions?
  • Do you have aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or stomach problems without a clear cause?
  • Do you ever think about dying or suicide? Have you ever tried to harm yourself?

- National Institute of Mental Health 

Anxiety

Everyone has anxiety from time to time. It becomes a concern when you struggle to control the worry and it starts to impact your daily life.

If you are wondering if you may have depression, ask yourself these questions: 

  • Do you feel restless, wound-up, or on-edge?
  • Are you easily fatigued?
  • Do you have difficulty concentrating; mind going blank?
  • Are you irritable?
  • Do you have muscle tension?
  • Do you have difficulty controlling feelings of worry?
  • Are you having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep?
  • Do you have a change in appetite (eating more or less than usual)?

-National Institute of Mental Health

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) explores the thought patterns behind our behaviors. Our behaviors are a product of our emotions, and our emotions are a product of our thoughts. Therefore, when we reflect, challenge and correct our thought patterns, we positively impact our emotions and behaviors.

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Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control some of your body's functions, such as your heart rate, which then gives you greater control of physical pain, stress and anxiety. During biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information about your body. Biofeedback gives you the ability to practice new ways to control your body. You will practice skills during the week and we will review your biofeedback results together in your session.


Biofeedback may require an additional purchase of equipment. While we will start without purchasing additional equipment, it can be an additional resource. If you are seeking biofeedback training, please contact Flourish Therapy prior to scheduling. 

Self-Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a state of increased awareness. It does not mean someone is controlling you. Focus allows us to do things like read a book, play a video game, engage in imaginative play, play sports or watch a good show on TV. Hypnosis is a way of using imagination to help the mind and body  communicate. Hypnosis is a tool that can help you get control over how you think, feel, and behave. 


There are many different goals that hypnosis can help you reach. Among those goals are:

  • Manage pain: healing from surgery or an injury, abdominal discomfort, headaches
  • Manage anxiety: related to medical conditions (including but not limited to): arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, cancer
  • Achieve behavior changes: such as sleep issues, fear of procedures, stress.


You will learn to use breathing skills and your imagination, and to relax your body. This will help you to gain control over your mind and body to reach your goals.  

Find out more about self-hypnosis

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics - CBIT

While medications have been the treatment of choice in managing tic disorders, there is a useful adjunct or alternative; behavior therapy. Flourish Therapy provides Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) for children and adolescents. CBIT is a structured 8-session program, however it can be tailored to one's needs. 

Find out more about cbit