The Teen Health Connection vision is to empower teens to be healthy, safe and successful. Addressing adolescent mental health is an extremely important component of our vision. The three most common diagnoses among patients seen by the Teen Health Connection mental health team in 2018 were adjustment disorder, depression, and anxiety. To meet these needs of teens and their families, Teen Health Connection provides outpatient individual and family therapy. All of our clinicians are licensed mental health professionals who specialize in adolescent development and five of our mental health clinicians are rostered in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our team believes that although the teen is the identified patient, a family-based approach (including parents/guardians throughout the treatment process) is important. We implement evidence-based approaches, but also use creative techniques to build rapport and retain engagement with the teen. In addition, all of our clinicians are trained and implement skills from our Parenting the Love and Logic Way Parenting Class during the family therapy sessions.
Nationally, 1 in 5 adolescents have had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life (NIMH, 2017), with half of all mental health problems beginning by age 14 (SAMHSA, 2017). Young people continue to have a lot on their plates – whether it is stress from school, peer pressure from friends or changing family dynamics – it is important to remind teens that they have outlets to help them process and navigate the pressures. If you know any teens who may want to talk with one of our teammates or want any additional information please reach out to our Mental Health Triage Clinician at 704-381-8379.