Individual psychotherapy with adolescents uses a variety of techniques and methods to assist adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behaviour. Communication is used as the basic tool for bringing about change in an adolescent’s feelings and behaviours.
The relationship that develops between the therapist and the patient is very important. The adolescent must feel comfortable, safe, and understood. This type of trusting environment makes it much easier for the teenager to express his/her thoughts and feelings and to use the therapy in a helpful way.
They receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behaviour, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.