Psychotherapy can help adolescents recover from depression and anxiety. It can also help to develop strategies to address problems in school, and improve attention and learning difficulties. Adjustments to loss, divorce, or death of a family member or close friend can be particularly challenging for younger people, and sometimes controlling impulses, aggression, and defiance can be difficult.

Early and later adolescence represents a time of rapid social growth and development that can present intensive challenges for kids, and starts in or about the age of 11. Generally, some parental participation in the psychotherapy process for adolescents in this age rage is preferred, to promote optimal outcome.

Your therapist would normally invite parents of adolescents in this age range to meet concurrently with their child during sessions, or toward the end of the first few therapy sessions, depending on the nature of the presenting issue.