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7 benefits of having your teenager attend counseling

"Counseling? You're kidding me! You mean I have to lie down on a couch while a psychiatrist asks me how I'm feeling?" If you've ever talked to your teen about seeing a counselor, she may have responded that way. Don't be surprised if this happens, we know that therapy isn't discussed much in our culture, and the media often portrays it in a patronizing and unhelpful way. So why send your teen for counseling and what are the benefits? I first walked into a counselor's office at age 10 due to problems at school, and was invariably in and out of my teens. Because of this, I can attest to the fact that counseling can be invaluable to a young person. It can be hard to get over the idea that "no one else is doing it" (that's a lie) and "there's nothing to talk about" (also a lie). In fact, seeing a therapist empowers young people to overcome and cope with their struggles, while allowing them to feel understood. You may also wa