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Counseling tips for teenagers

September 16, 2018

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Teenagers these days seem to have a lot of issues related to their temperaments and the desire to turn rebellious. Either kids these days develop over-confidence, or they start feeling left out. Both of these cases are on the extremes. It is a wish for every single boy and girl out there to become perfect, irrespective of how risky things can get to be. Any advice that is given to them gets easily ignored. However, if things get out of control, then it is extremely important for the teenager to acquire proper Dubai counseling and therapy.

Tips to help out

Before anything else, it is necessary for you to take the teenager being treated into proper confidence. Without this, your entire therapy effort is going to go to waste. Make him or her realize that you are not some conservative oldie who is there to inculcate your outdated point of view in them. Take on a friendly attitude and treat them with love and affection. It is necessary for them to know that you love them and care about them. Once that is done, start following the tips mentioned below:

  1. Don’t fire things up. Do not start blabbing off pieces of advices as soon as a teenager reaches out to you for help. Stay silent and listen to him first. Do not interrupt under any circumstances and let them finish whatever they are ready to share with you. Also, make sure that you never rush through things. He will not pay any attention to any advice that you give off in a hurry, and might even contradict with what you have to say. A basic rule of psychotherapy Dubai is to let the patient speak first.
  2. Make sure that he knows you are listening. It is necessary for you to nod at the right times and give off the right body language so that the patient knows that you are listening. Do not sit like a statue as it will confuse the kid and he will probably feel discouraged, not willing to volunteer any more than he originally has. Use words like ‘then?’, ‘and?’ to show that you are interested and want to know more about the entire situation.
  3. Refrain from making comparisons. While you may be interested in telling the patient about a similar experience that you might have had, but this is seriously not the right approach. Going into a lengthy description of your past might appear fake to the teen and he might even guess your desperation in trying to develop a comfort zone. Mention a couple of sentences about what you went through; that will be sufficient to open any remaining windows.