Teen Therapy

When your teenager is facing issues be it with academics, relationships, addictions, depression, anxiety or social interactions, it may be difficult to pinpoint the cause. Teen Therapy utilises effective and evidence-based techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to work through the underlying causes with teens. The end goal of Teen Therapy is to empower teens, build within them the emotional resilience to face challenges and equip them with the right tools to be able to navigate through the turbulent years.

Teens face a unique set of stresses, including hormonal changes, life changes, and exams, while they venture through an intense time of personal growth. Transitioning from being a child to a young adult is a tricky time and teenagers may show these challenges in different ways. To ensure overall healthy emotional development, therapy for teens struggling with challenges will be beneficial.

As parents, you may also find that your teenager needs extra support during exam time and help to cope with the exam stress. Even conflicts or changes in their friend’s group could lead to an internal struggle. Sometimes moving to a new city, such as Hong Kong, may also be difficult to manage. Having to leave behind friends, school and familiar places and move to a new country, teenagers might find it harder to assimilate with the culture and people. In all these cases, teenagers may benefit from talking to someone outside their friends and family circle. If you notice a sudden change in behaviour or habits, signs of depression, increase in angry outbursts or withdrawal from family and friends, it may indicate that he/she is dealing with an internal conflict.

Our therapists specialise in adolescent mental health and provide a confidential and safe space for young adults to discuss their issues. We also conduct assessments for psychological and developmental problems and offer tailored therapy programs. Using evidence-based treatments and mindfulness techniques, we provide Individual Therapy and Counseling programs designed specifically for teens. Our goal is to help them flourish into the best version of themselves.

At MindnLife, we specialise in the following areas for Teen Therapy and Counseling:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

Teen Depression

Teenagers face a host of pressures, from the changes of puberty to questions about who they are and where they fit in. The natural transition from child to adult can also bring parental conflict as teens start to assert their independence.

However, it isn’t always easy to differentiate between depression and normal growing up challenges. Mood swings can be chalked up to hormonal changes in teenagers and not all teens will appear sad when they are depressed.

Depression in adolescents is a serious mental health problem and affects the way your teenager thinks, behaves and feels. More often than not, teenagers will not be able to recognize the signs of depression or they may not seek assistance. If you have a teenager, it is important to recognize what depression may look like for teenagers and what you should do if spot the warning signs.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Teen Depression

  • Sadness or Hopelessness
  • Irritability, Anger, or Hostility
  • Tearfulness or Frequent Crying
  • Withdrawal from Friends and Family
  • Loss of Interest in Activities
  • Changes in Eating and Sleeping Habits
  • Restlessness and Agitation
  • Feelings of Wothlessness and Guilt
  • Lack of Enthusiasm and Motivation
  • Fatigue or Lack of Engery
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Thoughts of Death or Suicide
Depression is damaging if left untreated so if you suspect your teenager is depressed, do not hesitate to seek help from qualified therapists. Supporting your teen in an honest, loving and non-judgmental way could go a long way in their path to a better life.

“She has become a much calmer teenager with whom it is now possible to have a dialogue.Gone are the days when she lashed out uncontrollably as her temper flared.

Dr. Zaidi has given her the tools to curb her anger and remain calm while providing a much needed outlet for all her worries. ”

Anonymous. Mum of two teenagers

INTERNET ADDICTION

Hong Kong is ranked among the highest in the world for smartphone and social media usage. Considering that teenagers today have probably not lived in a world without internet, it is not surprising that internet addiction amongst adolescents is becoming a concern in Hong Kong.

The core components of Teen Internet Addiction are similar to those of any other addiction or compulsion. Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder which does not involve the use of an intoxicating drug. Use of Internet shifts from a form of entertainment or keeping in touch with friends to a serious behavioural disorder. It is essentially the inability to control, avoid or regulate how much time is spent on the Internet.

Similar to other addictions, teens suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet. This is usually a substitution for real-life human connection which they are unable to achieve normally. Internet addiction can be problematic because it can affect day-to-day interactions, relationships with family and friends and overall health and well-being; both physical and mental health. As parents, it is important to remember to set a good example for your children. Recognising and dealing with your own use of internet and technology is critical as you serve as powerful role models for your children.

WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INTERNET ADDICTION

  • On-line longer than originally intended
  • Falling behind in homework
  • Use of the Internet is a way to escape from problems
  • Increasingly giving up a real life social time with friends
  • Increased aggression when online activities are interrupted
  • Preoccupation with the Internet
  • Increased amounts of time spent on Internet to achieve satisfaction
  • Fatigue or Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of restlessness, moodiness, depression, or irritability aggression
At MindnLife, our psychologists recognize the growing concern around internet addiction, especially in Hong Kong. We specialise in therapy for internet addiction not only for adolescents but also for adults.

Cyber Safety

As more and more teens are using the internet on a daily basis, it is important as a parent to have an open conversation about Cyber Safety and set rules and boundaries for internet usage. Social media apps are becoming increasingly popular and teenagers may not know the risk of sharing information online. It is imperative that as parents, you discuss with your children the dangers of the internet.

A study conducted in Hong Kong found that one in three students were victims of cyber bullying and only one quarter will formally report the bullying. More than half of the parents surveyed believe that their child is more susceptible to online bullying rather that in school. Despite that, 77 percent of Hong Kong parents allow their children to access the internet before the age of 11.

It is important to know the risk of sharing information, videos, and pictures that could potentially be used as threats or to damage reputations. Parents must gain knowledge of the platforms being used by their children in order to explain the associated risks. Enforcing parental controls and monitoring internet activity will protect children and teenagers from dangerous content and individuals. It may not be possible to completely eradicate technology but teaching children how to use the internet safely will protect them. Signing a Family Internet Use Agreement will allow you to set clear rules, boundaries, and expectations around internet use within the family.

Recognising the rise in the use of technology and the effects the world of the internet can have on children and adolescents, our therapists provide specialised counseling on Cyber Safety for Teenagers and Children.

Are you a Cyber Smart Teen?

We also offer specialised support for children. Please visit our Child Therapy page for more information.

“I see many young people overly stressed because of pressures of homework and managing high expectations.

It is so important for teens to learn stress reduction now to manage these challenges.”

Dr. Zaidi

EXAM STRESS – Coping with Exams

The stress of exams taking a toll on the mental health of students is, unfortunately, becoming a common phenomenon in Hong Kong. Tests and exams can indeed be a stressful event especially when students face immense pressure and the outcome of the test will predict their future. Not everyone will experience or react to stress in the same way, however, there are some signs you can look out for to know if your child is facing exam stress

Signs that your child has exam stress:

  • Increased irritability or anger
  • Problems with sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constantly worrying or feeling tense
  • Physical discomfort and health problems

At MindnLife, we work with students to provide a series of stress reduction techniques that will clear up their mind, decrease their stress levels and help them revise more effectively. Our therapists specialise in issues relating to the mental wellbeing of students and use eevidence-basedtheories to help them combat exam stress, learn effective ways to stay focused and handle pressured situations and prepare for the futures.

YOU CAN TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR EXAM PREPARATION!

Early student life can be extremely stressful and prone to distractions and procrastination, especially around exam time. Research has shown that students who incorporate stress reduction strategies in their lives have improved attention and focus, compared to other students enhancing students’ exam taking ability. C. A. Burke, 2012 Psychologist Bangor University, UK

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This website contains general information about well being. This information is not advice, and should not be treated as such neither should it be treated as an alternative to seeking professional advice from a healthcare provider.