Our therapists are highly educated life-long learners who utilize evidence based therapy techniques to best help their clients. At Welsh Therapy we pride ourselves on being able to offer clients the type of therapy that they need, by a therapist who is qualified to utilize that approach.
This is terrifying for parents. Seeing the marks of self inflicted cuts on your child's body creates panic and anxiety. Teens who pull their hair to the point of bald spots (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) can be excruciating to watch as a parent. We work with these issues with a combination of therapy, medication, CBT, and DBT.
Parents are at a loss when they see their once engaged child withdrawn, shut down, and sad and angry as they are struggling with depression. Between raging hormones and stress from living in today's society, teens are overwhelming and teens often shut down and detach from their families an in general. All of the feelings become top much so the mind goes to depression as a default. Often you hear that people are "depressed" as a feeling. Depression is actually the lack of all emotion. The treatment includes unpacking those layers of defenses that have been built up so the teen can be their truest selves again.
Anxiety is rampant among teens these days. They are socially anxious and trying to build a friend group, They are anxious about going back to school after virtual schooling. They are anxious from pressure in the areas of academics and sports performance. College admissions has become increasingly difficult and much more rigorous than their parents college admissions process back in the day.. Parents will also reveal during the intake consultation that some teens with anxiety have been this way since they were young - their anxiety may be genetic in nature, as opposed to situational from a trauma or life change that has occurred.. For these clients our therapists may recommend a psychiatric consult or a meeting with their medical doctor to determine if a medication for anxiety may helpful at this time. may be recommended to discuss a short term medication to take the edge off of the anxiety so the client can relax a bit and focus on the therapy.
The rate of Eating Disorders in teens is increasing rapidly. Covid-19 and virtual learning did not help matters. Eating Disorders and disordered eating are often about control. Calorie restriction, binge eating, bulimia, excessive exercise, laxative abuse, and an obsession with the scale are all attempts to feel "in control" of something. We acknowledge the symptom, but focus on what is underneath the surface. If a child is medically compromised and their weight is at a dangerously low place our therapists will collaborate with their pediatrician/medical doctor for their safety so they can watch them closely.
The parents of our ODD teens are at the end of their ropes by the time they find us. They are sleep deprived, worried about their teens safety, and are angry at their teen. they have lost the connection with their teen that they once had because of the frequent impulsive behavior and parents punishing and shaming their teens behavior as they are not aware of any other way. Joyce and Lynne will give parents the tools to calm them down and come up with a plan for consequences of behavior and perhaps create a "Family Contract" with rules/guidelines and consequences. Our team is highly skilled in working with these kids and gaining a strong enough bond to be able take the parents out of the "bad guy" position. We move that "bad guy" position onto us as therapists . Once this shift happens and the parent are out of the "bad guy" position their relationship can begin to repair. If impulsivity and angry outbursts are a issue, medication may be recommended by the therapist. As parents, it is ultimately your decision as to whether medication is an option for your teen. If you choose to give medication a try, we can get you in touch with our team of psychiatrists in Newtown, PA. There are many medications that helps lessen the impulsivity and anger but do not flatten the affect and shut their kids down.
When teens aren't able to feel their emotional and repress them oftentimes substances will be the vehicle to numb and keep feelings at bay. Although we discuss the substance use, the key to decreasing usage is to understand what is underneath the behavior. We have addictions therapists and recovery/sober coaches to work with your child on this issues. If you teens substance abuse is severe we will have to access the level of care required: outpatient therapy once a week, an intensive outpatient program, or as a last resort an inpatient setting. If your teens substance abuse is at a place where it is affecting their home life, family and school this may be necessary. We are Welsh Therapy for Adolescents will collaborate with parents and help them find an inpatient setting that works with their insurance and that is best fit for their child. If substance abuse is recreational but their parents are concerned, a weekly meeting with an outpatient therapist will be recommended.
In the last 5 years we have seen an increase with middle and highschoolers not wanting to go to school each day. Often this is a result of anxiety that is not treated. With Covid-19 and Virtual Schooling kids are very afraid to go back to school at this time. Most of our socially anxious teens actually loved virtual schooling as they could hide behind the zoom screen and not have to see their peers in person day in and day out. However, this Fall they have to go back to school. Parents come to us to help them develop the skills to overcome this fear and walk back into the school.
Parents you may have suspected for some time that your child has symptoms of ADD or ADHD. Virtual Schooling, parents were able to watch their teen up close and personal all day attempting to do their school work. Parents being home in quarantine and noticing their children's behavior created a rise in parents getting their kids tested for ADDA and ADHD. Parents were seeing first hand what the teachers see every day. The inability to focus, the inability to begin and finish assignments, the inability to organize their homework, and their constant fidgeting and bouncing their knee when they sit. Oftentimes parents are very frustrated and misinterpreting the ADD & ADHD behavior as lazy. If parents are interested in medication for their child, a psychiatric consult can be arranged by the therapist. Our therapists collaborate and work closely with our team of psychiatrists in Newtown, PA.
Perhaps your teen has experienced trauma in the form of the sudden death of a loved one, a contentious divorce, a school change, a verbally or physically abusive relationship or sexual assault. One in five girls will experience sexual abuse under the age of 18. Those statistics are alarming. If the feelings around the trauma are not expressed after and are pushed down your teen may begin to show other issues like anxiety, depression or self harm. We have an EMDR Specialist who works with trauma and a combination of talk therapy and EMDR can help the client move toward healing. Once they begin healing their defenses lift and you as parents begin to recognize your child as they were before the trauma.
Ellen Cuthrell is our Educational Psychotherapist who works with middle school, high school and college aged students on executive functioning skills and organization. Parents are fed up from begging their teens to do school work, stay on top of assignments, and write term papers. Ellen steps in to take parents out of that bad guy position and place herself in that role. Ellen is also the liaison/advocate with teachers and guidance counselors for the child and parents. When parents want school accommodations for their teens, neuropsychological testing may be an option and Ellen can connect the parents., This would be for un-timed testing, asking for a safe space for the child to go during the day when anxious, or getting the child a pass to leave the classroom when overwhelmed.
When a family feels it is time for a teen to go to an inpatient setting and the teen is refusing to go we can assist this process. Lynne Welsh is a Nationally Certified Adolescent Interventionist who works together with the family in an intervention to help your child to see the value of going inpatient.
The world can be hard to navigate for a teen or young adult, with its environmental stressors and pressures. During the adolescence period, identity formation is important for teens and young adults to grow into their own and feel personal empowerment. For BIPOC teens and young adults, those environmental stressors they experiences can be associated with racial trauma, identity confusion, intergenerational trauma, and can lead to feelings of exclusion and isolation. This can be said the same for teens and young adults that identify as biracial, multiracial, mixed, or multicultural. Identity confusion is highly experienced within the biracial or mulitracial minoritized communities.
Identity purgatory is feeling disconnected or connected to an individuals’ own heritages or racial groups and can often be associated with the racial navigation of the multiracial identity formation. Biracial and multiracial teens can often feel ostracized by either of their communities with never feeling connected or having a sense of belonging. Maybe your teen has never felt like they could fully identify with either of their racial/heritage communities or your teen is isolating a part of their identity to fit in with the majority. This can lead to mental health issues related to anxiety, depression, identity confusion, low self esteem, body dysmorphia, denial of multiracial reality, never feeling like they can fit in, and a fear or isolation from social groups at school.
Racial navigation is an important experience for BIPOC teens and young adults. It's important to normalize talking about our teens and young adults racial identity and experience. This can lead to a better concept of self, positive views of each of their identities, learning how to navigate racial experiences living predominantly in all white communities, addressing how to empower themselves from within and learning to accept one’s own identity.
Culturally centered therapy can help your teen or young adult through walking alongside an individual’s experiences with racism, learning how to address racially healing one’s racial identity, learning how to racially navigate systems that lead to BIPOC oppression, and learning coping tools to help multiracial teens and young adults navigate their daily life. Our hope is for your teen or young adult to learn to work towards acceptance of their identity and empower themselves to help and feel connected in their own way to each of their communities.
" Troubled teens" is a billion dollar industry. It is important to choose your child's team carefully, We at Welsh Therapy build a team for teen clients and their families. When your child is suffering with mental health issues, navigating the field of therapy can be like a maze where parents are not sure what direction to take. There are Rehabs popping up all over the country and Covid-19 has created an even higher demand for these facilities. Your clinician can arrange a treatment plan and a team of professionals, and collaborate with all members of the team throughout the process.
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