How Psychotherapy Can Help Your Teen with Depression


Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that is used to treat various mental health issues and it’s quite an effective form of treatment. It is also known as “talk therapy”. This talk therapy allows a teen to confide in a therapist and the therapist will help them deal with whatever issues they are facing. It will also allow them to overcome their depression and teach them to cope with it. Some people might feel embarrassed to seek psychotherapy. However, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people seek this form of therapy and it is truly effective.

It is also vital to seek treatment for your teen immediately, whatever the case maybe. As unresolved mental health issues can manifest later in life, it can also have a negative impact on their careers and relationships. Anyway, some common issues that require psychotherapy are:

  • Depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Bipolar disorders and other mental health issues such as schizophrenia and the likes
  • Substance and alcohol abuse in teens
  • Trauma: whether it’s verbal, sexual or physical abuse. Or any traumatic experience that your teen might have suffered
  • Eating disorders

The Benefits of Psychotherapy for Teens








  • The ability to confide in someone without being judged
  • They can discuss their problems in a safe environment and with someone whom they can trust
  • The ability to talk about their problems, rather than bottling it in
  • Someone who can guide them and help through their issues
  • For parents, a therapist can guide them to help their teen and also teach them how to communicate with them
  • A psychotherapist will also work with both the child and parent and help them with building trust between one another
  • Once a teen seeks psychotherapy, they will feel more confident and more in control of their emotions and current situation

The Different Types of Psychotherapy


There’s a few types of psychotherapy. Your therapist will determine which form is most suitable for your teen. Let’s have a look at the different types of psychotherapy:

Family Therapy

This type of therapy allows the psychotherapist to work with the family. It will help them understand and build trust with one another. Functions of the family members within the household can also be ascertained. This is a very effective tool in learning how to communicate with each other in a positive manner. They will also be able to explore additional strategies in expressing feeling towards each other positively.

Dialectal Therapy

This form of therapy is used to treat older teens for various chronic mental health issues. A few of these are chronic suicidal thoughts, borderline personality disorders, and self-harm issues. This form of therapy helps the individual to deal with negative situations and the therapist will also determine how they deal with conflict – they will be “taught” how to cope with their issues.

Interpersonal Therapy

This form of therapy focuses on how interpersonal events affect one’s emotional state. It also deals with the person’s relationship issues. This form of therapy is usually used to treat depression and similar mental health issues.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This form of therapy helps with identifying a teen’s situation. That is what influences them to feel and think the way they do. It also assists in identifying their behavioral patterns, feelings thoughts, struggles and other personal issues. This form of therapy requires more than one session per week.

Cognitive Therapy

This type of therapy is beneficial for treating various mental health issues. It’s also beneficial for kids and teens who have suffered from traumatic experiences. This type of therapy is best for treating anxiety and depression. It also helps with identifying destructive patterns and negative thoughts. Cognitive therapy will improve a teen’s mood and behavior by identifying confused or distorted patterns of thinking and “rewire” the mind.