While individual counseling can be quite effective if and when your daughter is ready and willing to go this route, because of their need to feel accepted many teen girls prefer group counseling to individual sessions. And group counseling can be just as effective at helping teen girls overcome the challenges they face.
Girl Spirit offers regular, ongoing groups for teenage girls to share their frustrations, coping strategies, and victories with one another.
While it can be incredibly helpful for teen girls to learn from peers who’ve dealt with the same or similar issues, it can be just as helpful for your daughter to know she’s not alone in whatever difficulty she’s experiencing.
Girl Spirit’s girls groups can be especially effective because they can allow your daughter to:
- Lessen any feelings of isolation she’s experiencing by interacting with others that share similar issues
- Feel recognized and appreciated by others outside her immediate circle of friends and family members
- Recognize the effect she has on others by receiving feedback from her peers
- Share coping strategies and solutions and generate new ideas of how to handle different situations
- Experience a sense of community and belonging
It’s also important to remember that individual, one-on-one counseling and group counseling are not mutually exclusive endeavors. Many of the teens I help at Girl Spirit start with one or the other and then attend both individual and group counseling for a time, continuing on with one or the other as necessary.
Talk to your daughter, involve her in the decision-making process, and see if she has a preference between individual and group counseling.
The teen years are a time of extraordinary growth and change and the path of self-discovery can be as confusing and painful as it is joyful and wondrous. Girl Spirit’s teen girls groups can be a powerful tool to help your daughter improve her decision-making skills, develop coping resources, increase her self-esteem, and discover her true self.
For more information on how Girl Spirit’s teen counseling groups for girls can help your daughter, please feel free to contact me by calling (949) 310-2311 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to speaking with you.