Adolescence is often a stressful time for the family. There is so much going on developmentally in the life of a teenager that it usually affects the entire family system. Adolescents are going through identity formation, relational skill building, comparing themselves to peers, learning what intimacy means, experimenting with different activities and involvements with different peer groups, beginning to think about a career, separating from their parents, and developing a religious belief system about life. Formal operational thinking is developed in the later teen years when they learn to argue their line of reasoning for their behaviors which can be enjoyable as well as very challenging for the parents and siblings.
At the Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry we have counseled with teenagers for over 50 years. We know that the teenager and his or her family are going through many changes which can run the gambit from intense joy and wonderment to intense pain and tragedy. We work from a systems point of view when counseling with the adolescent family. Counseling can help clarify needed boundaries, expectations, consequences, and strengthen the communication process which often becomes minimal and secretive. Teenagers need and want to be connected to their family and yet they need to be allowed to expand their boundaries from when they were younger. Remember the ultimate goal is to launch our teens so they become responsible, independent adults who are capable of maintaining their own livelihood and be a loving presence for their family of origin as well as themselves and their own family in the future.
We hope you will consider Anchorpoint when looking for counseling for your teen and your family. God bless you as you experience the adolescent joys and challenges that are inevitable in the growing up process.