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Bullying and Teens: Why Therapy Is the Key to Healing

Bullying is widespread among teens. According to Stop Bullying, about 20% of students aged 12-18 experienced bullying nationwide, with 56% of them stating that they thought the bullies could influence other students’ perceptions of them. Bullying impacts students, leaving emotional scars that last into adulthood.

What is bullying?

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior among children. It can be displayed in four forms. Physical bullying involves inflicting physical harm through hitting, pushing, or intimidation. Verbal bullying includes name-calling, teasing or saying mean things. Social bullying encompasses leaving persons out of an activity. Cyberbullying is a more common form these days. It entails harassment or sending threats online. Since bullying is so prevalent, your child may have been exposed to it. It is essential to know the signs and the effects of bullying so you can identify if your child is struggling with it.

Psychological & Social Effects of Bullying

When bullied, children appear uneasy or sad, especially in school. They may have low self-esteem and self-worth. They may also have severe emotional distress and experience nightmares. A child waking up screaming from a nightmare may be a sign of bullying.

Feelings of unease may cause children to avoid school or other children for fear of being bullied. Social isolation should be viewed as a cause for concern. They may also have difficulty trusting others and making friends. Poor grades and overall lower academic performance are other signs that your child may be bullied.

Seeing these signs in your teenagers may be very distressing for you. You may worry about what to do to ease the pain. It is vital not to panic but to support them as best as possible. Fostering a supportive environment with open communication will aid in your teenager’s healing. Ensuring your child gets the best emotional support is critical to addressing bullying. Teen therapy is a proven solution to address bullying.

Why Teen Therapy Is The Key to Healing

Raising a teenager comes with its challenges, and parents often feel the weight of making sure their teen is emotionally and mentally healthy.

Teen therapy helps guide them through this journey by providing specialized help that takes the pressure off of their parents and allows for parents to step into a more emotionally supportive role versus an authority role. It provides a safe space for teens to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Teens also learn coping strategies to manage the complicated experiences in their lives. When it comes to bullying, this is especially important as they know ways to respond when in a challenging situation with a bully.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to help change negative thought patterns and behaviors of teens to reframe their perceptions. Find an experienced therapist you can trust and who can support your teen in navigating and overcoming the effects of bullying.

Teen Therapy in California

At Straight Up Treatment, we offer teen therapy tailored to your teen, results-focused, integrative, and compassionate. It’s imperative to understand what teens are going through and give them a safe place to talk and figure things out. We believe that therapy isn’t about trying to change your teen into someone else. It’s about helping them know who they indeed are and live their lives with confidence and authenticity.

Our team of therapists provides a caring intensity that allows your teen to explore their feelings and emotions in a way that creates a level of self-awareness and confidence they need to live their potential.

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