Teen Boys


Raising Teenage Sons

For thousands of years a young man’s primary purpose was clear; to make the community safe and secure. Society’s respect for this role was a powerful source of identity, self-esteem and direction for young men. Without acknowledgement or training for acting in this gallant, protective way, many teen boys are apathetic and confused.

Recent neurological research has shown that puberty triggers massive frontal cortex development in teen boys. This engenders dramatic mood shifts, impulsive decision-making, as well as increased learning potential. Also, there are intense drives to create new self-identity, individuate from parents and experience altered states.

Without healthy opportunities to express themselves, teen boys in Marin may begin dysfunctional relationships with drugs, sex, video games, or any potentially addictive activity. To become mature adults they need to learn how to deal with frustration, delay gratification, and acquire their own resources.

Counseling Teen Boys

Teen boys are generally resistant to talk therapy, which is why at Teen Solutions we work from a mentoring model. Therapy based on traditional mentoring/initiation models teaches adolescents how to let go of their boyhood attitudes and inspires them to find their unique voice. When a young man voices his fears without judgment, he begins to see that his concerns are normal and begins to trust himself.

Signs that your teen needs counseling:

Over-reaction to minor setbacks
Blaming others for mistakes
A sense of entitlement
Low motivation or underachievement
Anxious mood
Perfectionism or inflexible thinking
Loss of interest in activities
Poor sleeping habits
Social problems or alliance with negative peer group
All-consuming relationships
Feelings of worthlessness, guilt or sadness
Issues with eating or with body image
Problems with authority and disrespectful behavior
Manipulation, lying, cheating, and stealing
Defiance, hostility, short temper
Little empathy for others
Alcohol, marijuana or drug abuse
Sexual promiscuity
Addiction to internet, video games or cell phone
Isolation, limited engagement with others


Benefits of Teen Solutions Therapy:

Increase Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem
Physical health through sobriety and exercise
Personal responsibility and accountability
Ability to resolve problems at school
Increased respect for self and others
Cooperation with authority figures
Involvement in extra-curricular activities
Happier and healthier family dynamics
Initiative to find and keep a job
Ability to enjoy others and make a contribution
Increasing academic success

Call us about your son: (415) 360-5445

Teen Solutions Therapy
Marin County

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