Being a Teenager is TOUGH
Especially being a teenager today. There are times you are expected to make adult decisions and take on adult responsibilities, but you can still be grounded for not cleaning your room to your parent's liking. Don't even get me started on the pressure to get good grades, a hot prom date, and stay looking good doing it, all while you've got raging hormones making you feel like an awkward, emotional mess. It's enough to make anyone feel like hiding out in their beds binging on your latest Netflix obsession.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a stress reaction that lets us know danger is nearby. Our breathing becomes faster, we feel more irritable, and the worrying begins. All of these reactions are normal and are meant to motivate us to take action so we remain safe. Anxiety is what saved us from being eaten by bears, lions and tigers (Oh my!) when we were cave-people.
When anxiety works, it's meant to be a short-term emotion that ends once the danger is resolved. However, sometimes our brain and thinking can get in the way, and we have a difficult time believing the danger is over, or at least lessened to a manageable degree.
Ready to Get Real...?
Ignoring the overwhelm is not going to make your problems go away. It's just going to make you feel even more disconnected and down about yourself. Therapy can help you learn how to hang in there, feel better about yourself and get connected again.
How Therapy Can Help
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a therapy modality that centers on how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. Utilizing the techniques and skills in this type of therapy model can you identify and transform irrational thinking so you can be more in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors,
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, is a therapy module that was developed from CBT to assist with people who tend to be highly emotionally dysregulated and have frequent problematic relationships and interactions with others. There are several modules in DBT that focus on learning and implementing skills in the following areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Walking the Middle Path.
My name is Mallory Grimste, LCSW and as a CBT and DBT-informed therapist, I have the tools and expertise to help tweens, teens and young adults learn and use the skills they need to hang in there when things get tough, challenge their negative thinking, and get real with themselves.
Call me today at (203) 228-8971 for your FREE 15 minute phone consultation and see if we're a good match and if therapy is right for you.