Adolescent lives are in flux. Their brains are changing. Their bodies are changing. Their relationships are changing. When you combine the normal developmental stages teens are passing through with the complex social dynamics of their peer group, the demands of school and extracurricular activities, the challenges of advancing technology and a sexualized teen culture it is a potent combination that can lead to stress and overwhelm.
Bruce Butler LPC, CSAT, a Clinical Associate at the Center for Relational Recovery has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. He has a passion for connecting with young people, entering their worlds and walking beside them as they negotiate the twists and turns involved in growing up. Bruce works with teens and their parents to address the following issues:
Teens can struggle with a wide range of issues that can affect their academics from ADHD to social or family stresses to learning disabilities etc. We work with each individual and their family to assess the different elements that may be impacting academics and then create a plan to help the adolescent client to increase their self-confidence and success.
Adolescents are learning to negotiate mature relationships with their parents, their peer group, their teachers and coaches and their romantic interests. This process can be fraught with stress, uncertainty and insecurity. We work with our clients to help them identify the places they are struggling relationally and to build a healthy sense of self that they then learn to authentically express in relationship with others. Boundaries, self-esteem, healthy sexuality, and communication skills are some of the areas that are addressed.
With advances in technology and the social pressures teens are facing, the risk for developing compulsive behaviors around the internet, gaming, pornography or social media as well the the potential for the abuse of drugs and alcohol is significant. We work with teens and their families to identify the compulsive behaviors and to begin to not only arrest the behaviors but help the individual to begin to understand what role the behaviors have been playing and to replace them with healthy activities and ways of coping instead.