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Teenage Mental Health

You are not alone.  Struggling with some sort of mental health condition as a teenager is much more common than you think.  Think about this; according to research 1 in 5 teens ages 13-18 have a mental health condition.

When facing struggles with mental health, it can be hard to find someone who you feel really understand you.  Chances are, the other kids who are struggling aren’t talking about it because they are scared of being judged.  This is because there is such a stigma attached to mental illness; both teens and adults are scared to speak up and seek out help.  Let’s change that together. It’s okay to seek help from a counselor. While it’s important to have friends to talk to about the things you deal with, there are some problems where it is best to turn to a professional.  Sometimes talking to someone who is not a friend or family member can be incredibly helpful, which is where therapy comes in.

In therapy you can talk about literally anything – from school stress to dating stress.  Your parents have probably said to you, “Honey, you can talk to us about anything!” But let’s be real. You probably don’t want to talk to your parents about stuff like dating or even about the pressure that they’re putting on you to do well in school or pursue a certain path in life.

With a counselor or therapist, you really can talk about anything without feeling awkward or guilty. You don’t have to worry about hiding who you really are or what you’re feeling. You don’t have to worry about sounding silly or “dumb” or embarrassed. Counselors won’t judge you.

So, if you’re a teen dealing with a mental health condition, remember these things:

  1. You are not alone.
  2. Help is readily available.
  3. Having a mental health condition and speaking to a counselor is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

Kayla completed her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN after obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Winona State University.  Kayla completed her internship at Lighthouse counseling working with individuals, families, and couples.  Her professional experience has included personal growth counseling with college students, inpatient counseling with adolescents, as well as adult clients.  As an a clinician Kayla uses a framework of cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and family systems.

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