Adolescence is an important phase, when young people are faced with questions of identity, as they try to carve out who they are and how they fit into the world around.
This phase often involves a struggle between wanting to be independent, and still needing the guidance of parental figures. It is common for parents to find that there is an increase in conflict with their adolescent children, as adolescents’ struggle for identity sometimes involves a period of rebellion.
Parents may at times feel that it is difficult to reach or understand their child. At times, adolescents may experience emotions which feel overwhelming – they may feel sad, lonely, frustrated or angry, and they may need the assistance of a therapist to work through this difficult time.