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Unless you have been sheltered from the media you have heard about the benefits of individual therapy but I wanted to touch on all the benefits of group therapy. The approach in group therapy is different but still leads to self discovery. Amongst a group of peers often times deeper self discovery occurs along with life long bonds made with fellow group members.

You may wonder though how you know if group therapy is for you or if you should lean towards individual therapy. Here are some tips for you:

  1. Individual therapy is best if you have recently had a trauma, death, or if you have had a severe depressive episode. Especially if you have never sought treatment for any of these concerns it is often best to first receive individual therapy and then transition into group therapy.
  2. Group therapy may be a better option for you if you are feeling isolated, alone with your feelings or unable to talk to anyone. Have you ever said or heard someone say “my friends/family are tired of hearing about my problems and I have no one to talk to.” Just knowing you aren’t alone and others are in similar situations can be very beneficial and lead to group exploration.
  3. Working with a group can be a great option for you also if you feel stunted in your current individual therapeutic relationship. Sometimes individual therapy can only take you so far and then group work can take it further. When people come into a group setting and interact freely with other group members, they often will recreate the difficulties that brought them into therapy to begin with.

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Let’s face it, as a parent raising a teenager is going to be one of the toughest challenges you have ever faced in your entire life. All of a sudden this cute little child wants to be their own person and no longer wants you hovering over them.

It can be quite a shock for many parents raising a teenager. But yes it is true, you will no longer be the center of their life and your teen is going to want to experiment and try things out on their own. So if you are raising a teenager, here are some things to keep in mind.

Your teen is your teacher

Your teen is going to be reflecting to you how you are as a parent when it comes to communication, patience, and guidance. This does not mean that everything falls on your shoulders. What it does mean though is that if your teen is acting out in a certain way towards you, they are reflecting back to you your communication and patience skills. Your children are also teaching you about you! So listen carefully to what they have to say.

They are not perfect

Many parents lose patience with their troubled teen pretty easily. But as a parent raising a teenager, you must remember that your teen is still learning and stumbling around and falling down is going to be a natural process of this learning curve. try to remember where you were at their age but at the same time don’t just compare and expect them to be the same as you. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and maybe what they are good at you are not.

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