School can be a difficult time for everyone, but the added stressors of poor grades, depression and anxiety, or family loss can make an already trying time seem impossible to manage. If you are noticing signs of emotional frustration, in all the ways that they manifest (such as anger, failing grades, or apathy), consider looking into these three forms of psychotherapy.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): This form of therapy helps the child understand and change their behavior by understanding and changing their thoughts. If they are exhibiting destructive or detrimental behavior — such as addiction, frequent involvement in altercations, or recklessness — cognitive behavioral therapists can get to the root of the harmful emotions that are pushing them to act that way. Once they have a firm understanding of the why, they can work towards implementing positive and constructive thought processes that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. This therapy is especially effective in those dealing with traumatic experiences, such as a death in the family, although it is also useful against general depression and anxiety.
- Interpersonal Therapy (ITP): ITP focuses on how interpersonal relationships (such as those between teachers, peers, friends, and family members) and events shape an individual’s emotional state. This therapy was originally developed and tested for depression, which makes it a valuable tool for those who may have just moved to a new school. As therapy progresses, individual difficulties are framed in interpersonal terms, and then problematic relationships are addressed.
- Family Therapy: Finding the right family therapist depends on the issue you’d like to concentrate on; it is excellent for traumatic experiences that you are all going through, but can also just be a great way for you and your child to communicate openly. It focuses on helping the family unit function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring ways of communication and providing support and education.
Around 11% of adolescents will develop a depressive disorder by the age of 18. Fortunately, you don’t have to sit by and watch them struggle with daily life; by finding the right form of psychotherapy for your teen, you can help them turn their greatest weakness into their greatest strength and get them back on the right track.