Adolescents and teens require therapy that is tailored to their age and stage in life.
We provide mental health services for several issues experienced by adolescents and teens. These issues include, but are not limited to:
Our Adolescent & Teen Mental Health Team
What are Adolescent and Teen Mental Health Services?
Adolescent mental health services are evidence-based treatments for teens and youth. At FTPS we ensure that services received are age appropriate. This means that our therapeutic language matches the age of the individuals. And the interventions are use are individualized to the teen we are working with.
We take a comprehensive approach when providing adolescent and teen mental health services for youth. Most often, parents will reach out to us and provide us with an overview of mental health services needed. We will then meet with the youth and often a parent for an initial session with the best fit therapist. If the parents and teen feel this is a good match, then therapy will proceed.
After that, we will continue sessions with the teen, focusing on their goals. During adolescent and teen mental health services, parents will join sessions in a manner determined by the teen and therapist. Parent education and coaching are important parts of the work we do with youth. Ultimately, the goal is for everyone to be working in a way that best supports the road to recovery. This may also include resources being provided for both parents and teens.
Who Provides Teen Mental Health Services at FTPS?
Adolescent and teen mental health services are provided by professionals from a variety of disciplines on our team. Professionals at FTPS who deliver teen mental health services include psychologists, social workers, parent coaches and advanced doctoral level psychology students.
Adolescent and teen mental health services are provided by clinicians who have training and experience with this age group at FTPS. Given this unique development stage, working with a therapist with this knowledge and training is essential.
We provide adolescent and teen mental health services using an evidence-based assessment approach. This allows adolescents and teens to better understand what is interfering in their lives. It is also important to collect any key developmental information from parents, as agreed upon by the teen engaging in therapy. From there, a collaborative treatment approach is created. Youth will work together with their therapist to achieve your treatment goals.
We provide a variety of evidence-based treatments as part of our adolescents and teen mental health services at FTPS. All therapists practice Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at FTPS. Our other evidence-based approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).
What Types of Mental Health Services are Provided for Youth at FTPS?
Many adolescents and teens are seeking treatment for OCD and related disorders (e.g., hair pulling and skin picking). Many associates at FTPS are able to provide interventions that target these issues as part of our adolescent and teen mental health services. This type of therapy is one of the main interventions we offer as part of our adolescent and teen mental health services. Treatment for this includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) work.
During adolescent and teen mental health services for OCD, adolescents and teens will learn to face their fears and become comfortable with things that make them uncomfortable. This will involve learning how to decrease rituals and compulsions.
Youth will also learn to change their relationship to their intrusive thoughts during adolescent and teen mental health services for OCD. This can help an individual to do things that matter to them in life, even when they are experiencing anxiety and distress. Adolescent and teen mental health services also include a family component, as mentioned before.
During adolescent and teen mental health services for OCD, the involvement of family is very important. Parents learn how to coach their teen through exposure therapy work. Parents also learn language they can use to help motivate their teen and allow them to feel confident in pushing against any anxiety or distress they might be experiencing.
Our treatment approaches for adolescent and teen mental health services can help with issues other than OCD as well. For example, teens can learn valuable skills and tools to enable them to overcome anxiety and avoidance, challenge negative thoughts, enhance low mood, manage worries, incorporate everyday mindfulness and process traumatic experiences.
Adolescent and teen mental health services also involve providing support for individuals presenting with relational issues, academic issues, general life stressors and ongoing issues of self-exploration and emerging identity.
Perfectionsim is another issue that many adolescents and teens struggle with. This can impact your academic career and ongoing relationships. Many of our clinicians who provide adolescent mental health services work with issues relating to perfectionism. CBT and ACT interventions are helpful approaches for teen perfectionism.
In-between sessions, you will often engage in life practice. This will allow you the opportunity to try out skills in-between therapy sessions. These types of skills include: raising your present-moment awareness, shifting your unhelpful thinking styles, guiding you to move towards what matters to you in life and embracing your values.
Exposure therapy is often a part of in-between session work as well. You will learn to face things you fear and decrease your avoidance. Overall, planning out things to work on in-between sessions is a very valuable component of therapy and can contribute to long-term gains.
Does FTPS provide adolescent mental health services near me? We provide mental health services for youth throughout Ontario and BC! Our adolescent mental health services consist of both individual therapy approaches and groups. Contact us and find out more about what our team can offer you.