Being a teen or a parent of a teen is not easy. Managing schoolwork, peer pressure, sports, relationships, electronics, driving, and college applications can be overwhelming. These stressors can lead to conflict between teens and parents. Often, as parents anticipate their teen heading off to college they become aware of academic, social, or emotional skills their teen has not yet mastered. We are here to partner with you to help your teen master those skills needed to succeed in college and in life.
Experts in Adolescent and Family Therapy: Every therapist at ICFT has an advanced degree in family therapy and is specifically trained to work with adolescents and their families. Every therapist at ICFT is licensed by the State of Ohio to assess, diagnose, and provide therapy to adolescents and their families. We enjoy the challenge of teaching adolescents skills that will serve them throughout their life academically, emotionally, socially, and in the job market.
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning: Every adolescent at ICFT is assessed to determine the best course of treatment. The assessment process always begins with an initial 2 hour parents-only session. After the parents-only session, we typically meet to assess your teen for 2-3 hours depending on the complexity of their current struggles. The assessment process concludes with a treatment planning session. During this session, we will discuss the results of all assessments, collaborate with you on your teen’s diagnosis, and discusses our recommended course of treatment.
Collaboration with Schools, Physicians, and More Intensive Treatment: After assessing your teen, we may recommend that you seek additional support. For example, it might be helpful to collaborate with your teen’s school to discuss a support plan, with your teen’s pediatrician or a psychiatrist for medication, or maybe a more intensive treatment facility is indicated. If we make a recommendation for additional support, a parent session will be scheduled to help navigate these paths. ICFT therapists are very experienced in working with schools, in providing psychopharmacological education to parents, and in collaborating with more intensive treatment facilities until your teen can “step down” to being in therapy at ICFT.
Parental Involvement: As much as it is clinically appropriate, we want you to be involved and included in your teen’s therapy. We will work with you to determine the best way to keep you an active part of your teen’s therapy. If you would like to learn new ways of helping your teen and you want to contribute towards your teen’s success, seeking therapy from ICFT might make sense for you.
ICFT helps teens and their families with:
- Academic Struggles
- Behavior Problems
- Friendship or Relationship Struggles
- ADHD and ADD
- Low self-esteem
- Substance use/abuse
- Health Concerns
- LGBTQ+ struggles
- Managing Electronics/Social Media
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
- College preparation