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Adolescence
Adolescence, nowadays occurring approximately between the ages of 9 and 18 years, can be a time of great turmoil, as many changes are happening physically, emotionally, and mentally.

This is the time where we begin to establish who we are as individuals, which can be very confusing as well as enlightening.


Relationships are fostered, but they can also suffer, as communication becomes more difficult, often causing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Resilience and coping skills are tested, sometimes resulting in the development of substance abuse, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal ideation, risk-taking behavior, and of course emotional outbursts that may or may not also involve violence (either physical or mental).

Adolescence can entail an overwhelming amount of pressure, coming from all angles, positive, negative, and from what is unknown or novel. It can be difficult for loved ones to 'help', as barriers to these forms of pressure have been erected.

Therapy can be invaluable in helping adolescents get through this time, aiding in the development of a sense of self, self-worth, autonomy, and the development of healthy coping mechanisms and communication skills. Most importantly, therapy is an opportunity for adolescents to feel heard, allowing a voice to emerge.
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