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 Adolescent Counseling Services - Chris Massman, LMFT

Adolescent Counseling Services - Chris Massman, LMFT

Teen Counseling

Teenagers are known for being moody, but sometimes their behavior is an indication of a serious underlying issue that needs attention.

If you notice an unusual change in your teen's behavior, he or she may need your help. Because teens often distance themselves from their parents during the adolescent years, it is up to you to explore the benefits of teen counseling on their behalf. 

Teens experience a rapid change in their physical and mental development, which often results in confusion, insecurity, and the desire for privacy. While this is a normal part of growing up, it is important for you to keep an eye out for common teen depression symptoms and other mental conditions.

A recent study by American Academy of Pediatrics discovered an alarming increase major depressive episodes (MDEs) among a group of 172,495 teens (8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014). 

Furthermore, The National Institute of Mental Health estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode before they reach adulthood. 

Despite these alarming statistics among teens, parents often shy away from the issue due to the stigma of mental health conditions. 

Ignoring the problem is not a solution.

If you suspect your teen struggles with a serious issue, like anxiety, depression, or substance-abuse, you need to explore the benefits teen counseling offers.

If a mental disorder is left unaddressed, there is a strong possibility it will worsen and, in some cases, develop into additional issues, including addiction or self-harm.

Teen Counseling Is Open Communication

Teenagers have a lot on their minds.

In addition to experiencing changes in physical appearance, teens also experience changes in family life, friendships, academic responsibilities, and more.

While some teens are able to cope with these changes, others may become overwhelmed and struggle to communicate their struggles. This is especially true when it comes to communicating with you, their parent. 

Some teens find it easier to withdraw from open communication as a means of keeping their insecurities, questions, or changes clear of judgement.

This is where teen counseling helps.

Teen counseling encourages open communication by creating a safe place to discuss anything, including those topics they may not feel comfortable discussing with their parents.

Topics of Discussion

Teen counseling provides a safe place for teens to talk about things they may not be comfortable talking about with their parents.

It is an opportunity to talk to an adult who can provide helpful guidance. 

Common topics of discussion:

  • School
  • Stress
  • Bullying
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexuality
  • Friends and Family
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger
  • Self-harm

Because teen counseling encourages open discussion, sessions are highly unique and cater to each adolescent's needs.

Common issues Among Teens

Teenagers often face overwhelming internal and external struggles, which can result in a variety of issues. 

The effects of these issues impact everyone differently, which is why it is important to sit down and discuss them one-on-one.

Here are a few of the issues I have supported:

·         Self-harming Behavior

·         Bullying

·         Social Media Safety & Awareness

·         Self-image

·         Drug Awareness & Prevention

·         Sexual Education

·         Determining Characteristics of What a Healthy Adolescent Relationship Looks Like

·         Divorce

·         Sibling Relationships

·         Parental Relationships

·         Blended Family Issues

·         Assertiveness

·         Peer pressure

·         Time management skills

·         Self-respect

Experience

My name is Chris Massman and I am a licensed therapist with years of experience providing adolescent and teen counseling in Agoura Hills, CA.

I provide a safe environment where teens and adolescents can discuss challenges, worries, and problems with an adult. I understand the need to build a trusting relationship with my adolescent clientele. 

My experience in working with adolescents includes facilitating educational groups at a juvenile correctional facility.  Group topics included drug awareness and anger management skills. The significance of behavior that was modeled by many of their primary caretakers and role models had a significant effect on many of their choices that led to incarceration. Empowering these individuals to break the cycle of these established familial patterns, thus choosing to transition their lives to more positive outcomes was my primary goal. 

I also had the opportunity to work with adolescents in the middle school environment.  I provide my clients with a warm understanding while sharing some of their most intimate struggles with peer groups and challenging parental relationships.  I encourage my clients to invite their parents into a counseling session to express their concerns.  I facilitate a healthy two way conversation where both the teen feels heard as well as parental concerns being heard and addressed.  I encourage my client to look for respectful compromises and encourage parents to instill behavioral consequences for behaviors that were promised to change without follow through from the adolescent. I encourage parents to reward their adolescent for good behaviors.  Hugs, words of praise and quality time together are encouraged.

I believe my experience of raising children give me extra bonus points with my clients as well as their parents.  Many of my teen clients report they figured I have children because my advice and support seem to be in alignment of what their own parents have been telling them, yet they appear to be able to hear the message differently when being delivered from an outside professional perspective.  My goal is to facilitate open communication where the adolescent and parent feel heard and understood, reaching a plan that will benefit both, as well as continue to nurture their constantly developing relationship. 

I want your experience with licensed adolescent counseling to be an amazing one.  I strive to make our sessions meet your needs and level of comfortability.  If drawing or writing is a way for you to express yourself I encourage that.  If you prefer music perhaps you will create a song to express yourself.  If you would prefer to help me to get to know you by playing games, I have great interactive ones.  I love to learn about what your hobbies are.  What inspires your future?  Are you looking for guidance to help you to get there?  Come in and let’s get to know one another and visualize dreams and aspirations for you to build a solid foundation on. 

I look forward to meeting you!

Please call (818) 264-9684