The Amazing Benefits of Therapy for Teens

As most of us can recall, the teenage years are a turbulent time. Teens are often spread thin by school work, homework, extracurricular activities, home life, part time jobs, puberty, relationships, and peer pressure. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in five teenagers struggle with their mental health. More alarming still is the fact that only 20% of those with poor mental health seek help. This is largely due to the fact that therapy and other mental health support is seen as a last resort, instead of the preventative measure it should be. Since 50% of all diagnosed mental illnesses begin by age 14, teen mental health should instead be widely discussed, with support available for all teens.

Top ways teens benefit from therapy.

How to know if your teen needs therapy

Therapy has suffered a negative stigma for years, but thanks to the powerful work that many people are doing, it is becoming more widely appreciated. Unfortunately, the ACLU reports that there is a serious lack of counselors in the public school system. So it's more important than ever for parents to be aware of their child’s mental health. Here are some things to look out for:

Parenting a teenager is one of the most difficult parts of the parenting journey. The decision to have your teen see a therapist should not be viewed as a failure of parenting, but as a helpful addition to the support network for your child.

If you or someone you know is looking for support for a teenager, Medens Health has licensed therapists and psychologists ready to help! We offer therapy for teens in California and Nevada - reach out to us by phone or text at (833) 624-5400, send us a message using our online contact form, or to register as a new patient get started here.


The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Reliance on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding your medical or mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who is qualified to give you safe, professional, and ethical advice regarding your mental health.

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