Adolescent and Teen


Adolescence is a time of great change and learning.  Educators and mental health professionals agree that there are certain critical transition points which can be particularly stressful and require specialized support. The move to middle school and the entrance to high school are two of the most challenging times in a young person’s life.  Socially, the young adolescent faces numerous challenges as he or she leaves the relative structure and protection of elementary school.  Young middle schoolers may have trouble making new friends and may not be prepared to face the pressures placed upon them by older students.  Peer acceptance is critical at this age and teenagers are often faced with enormous peer pressure to try more risky behaviors.  Academically, class work is harder and the demands placed on students often challenge those who have underlying learning difficulties and organizational challenges.  Students must manage daily assignments and must integrate more complex information which may cause them undue anxiety and frustration.  Physically, the onset of puberty requires adjustments in their self-perception and understanding of the changes to their bodies.  Teenagers may become more self-conscious and experience intense emotions and mood swings.  If you are concerned about your teenager, you may wish to consult with a counselor or psychologist.  Pediatricians and school personnel can also be valuable resources.

At the Triumph Center, our mission is to help adolescents lead healthier and more successful lives.  We understand that every teenager has unique gifts and challenges, so we work closely with our teens to identify and build on strengths, while offering strategies to help them overcome common challenges.   We offer supports through social skills groups, counseling, consultation and a summer therapeutic camp.  Our services may benefit adolescents who are struggling with the following issues or concerns:

  • Bullying
  • Social Isolation
  • Depression
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Academic Stress
  • Parent-Child Problems
  • Anger Management
  • Poor Decision Making
  • Risk Taking
  • Low Self-Esteem