Teen Counseling San Diego

Dr. Irwin Ford Rosenfarb

San Diego teen counseling

Teenagers often come to therapy for many of the same reasons adults do: Processing grief and loss, relationship and family conflict, self-esteem, coping with anxiety and depression, and dealing with issues of identity. Some young people, however,  are propelled to therapy because of more serious and potentially debilitating mental health problems.

Counseling adolescents and teenagers who are dealing with mental health issues is a challenge we enjoy. Frequently I see teens when they have been diagnosed with serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, mood disorders, and depression. teen-counselor-san-diegoSometimes they are referred to me following psychiatric hospitalization due to an acute episode of illness. It is gratifying to me to get to know teenagers,  to serve as a support and resource for them, and to see them progress in life.

In therapy with teens, I focus on developing a helping relationship of trust. From that context, we help teenagers to understand the basics about their particular condition including:

  • The importance of having a well-rounded, balanced life
  • Why it is important to maintain a medication regime (when prescribed by a physician)
  • Learning to notice symptoms and early warning signs of illness relapse
  • How to deal with problematic symptoms including visual/auditory hallucinations, delusions, distortions in thinking, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors
  • How to cope with mental health issues while dealing with the myriad of changes and stresses which go along with normal teenage development
I work to emphasize each individual’s strengths and offer strategies to overcome the impact of mental illness on self-esteem and social relationships. Depending on my assessment, I may recommend family treatment as a part of the process.
Supportive therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, Family Focused Therapy, and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy are some of the methods used in the treatment of adolescents and teenagers in my practice.

Some of the issues which bring teens to me are:

  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depression)
  • Depression
  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Mental Health Help for Teens in San Diego

Getting appropriate mental health help in the teenage years can help prevent or minimize the worsening of symptoms down the road in life. Please feel free to  contact me for more information.