If only teenagers would believe us when we tell them, “Therapy is going to be so great for you!”
Few adolescents enter therapy voluntarily. More than likely, they go because their parents, teachers, or some authority figure has told them that they need it. It is no wonder that their first reaction is one of resistance.
In dealing with your teenager’s resistance, it is important to understand and reframe therapy so you can respond in a way that does not make them feel alone and blamed. It also is important to understand the psychological construct of resistance and what it means for your teen.
Resistance is a defense mechanism. For teenagers, it serves to protect their delicate inner self, their emerging selfhood, as they develop in...
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