Psychotherapy helps teenagers by providing empathy, non-judgmental listening and supportive, directed conversation with a highly trained adult in a private space. Adolescent therapy also helps kids understand their own motivations and even those of others, facilitating clearer communication and deeper, more satisfying relationships with peers, teachers, even parents. And who among us can reliably provide such a patient, unintrusive space for our own children? For teenagers, psychotherapy also provides an essential developmental "push" that enhances the emotional growth that is occurring naturally or may have been interrupted by a life event or emotional stumbling block (Offner, 2018).
Offner, D. (2018). Adolescent Psychotherapy: Worth A Try? Retrieved from: www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/progress-report/201802/adolescent-psychotherapy-worth-try.