Adolescents today face a host of complex challenges that were virtually nonexistent a few short years ago. These new challenges are largely related to the rapidly changing world of modern technology that teens now have to navigate, and are quickly becoming embedded into the very fabric of our lives.
It’s hard to be a teenager. Teens have always been faced with the challenge of figuring out who they are in the world and what they want to become, and making healthy decisions that don’t cause harm to themselves and others; and, all this in the midst of drastic biological changes. However, add in hyper-stimulating and rapidly changing technology, for which we are only beginning to understand the effects of, and you get a very difficult path to walk.
With such limited information on the effects of modern technology on young malleable teen brains, and immense external pressures to allow unfettered access, it is difficult for parents to decide what the right thing to do is in regards to limits and boundaries.
Counseling and Life Coaching for Teens
Supporting adolescents and parents through this difficult journey has been a long standing passion of mine. This is why I am trained to diagnose and work with behavioral addictions in teens such as video gaming, pornography, or social media. It is also why I have developed a unique and effective approach to working with teenagers which I call Teen Life Coaching. Please click on the links in orange to learn more.
If you are a teen who is struggling, or a parent of one, I encourage you to consider finding support. There is only so much a parent can do, and it can be very helpful to have a confidential relationship with an adult who can help sort through the challenges of being a teenager, of which there are many.
Dan Entmacher MA, LPC