At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we incorporate Teen Psycho-Dynamic Therapy strategies, as one of our many therapeutic modalities. Teen Psycho-Dynamic Therapy focuses on how teens’ conscious and unconscious feelings, thoughts, and beliefs affect their outward behaviors and experiences. This modality is very much in line with Paradigm’s larger treatment approach, of helping to address teens’ deeper core emotional and mental health needs, rather than just outward symptoms and behaviors. We believe this kind of deeper, introspective therapeutic work is integral to supporting teens to achieve meaningful and lasting recovery in their lives.
Teen Psycho-Dynamic therapy is a subset of Freud’s psychotherapy, one of the oldest forms of therapy which was focused on how childhood experiences affect people’s feelings and behaviors, throughout life. This form of therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a number of different teen mental health and substance abuse conditions, including things such as Teen Anxiety, Teen Depression, Teen Bipolar Disorder, Teen Substance Abuse, Teen Eating Disorders, and more.
In Teen Psycho-Dynamic Therapy sessions, therapists help teens gain insights into themselves, such as what kinds of stressors exist in their lives and relationships, as well as healthy ways to address those unresolved conflicts. Teen Psycho-Dynamic Therapy pays special attention to conflicts which developed during childhood. The premise of this modality is that as teens learn to make connections between their previous experiences and current struggles, they will become aware and empowered to make the changes necessary in order to gain relief from current conflicts, and improve their quality of life.
During Teen Psycho-Dynamic Therapy sessions, therapists help teens to observe the thought patterns and belief systems at play which affect their daily interactions, and yet, often which are unconscious to the teens. This process can be extremely enlightening to teens, because they begin to see how deeply held beliefs continue to inform and create their personalities, their experience, and their struggles. Therapists might also work with teens to more deeply evaluate how specific childhood dynamics and/or experiences may have formed untrue beliefs in teens, which continue to cause unnecessary conflict and unease, in their understanding of themselves as well as their relationship with others. Lastly, in cases of trauma, therapists might also help teens to identify aspects of developmental disruption, and then work to address these subsequent needs.
In our many years working with young people, we’ve found that the more individualized we can be in designing and implementing care, the more fully teens are able to engage in meaningful ways, which allows them to make discoveries about themselves that lead to positive growth and change. We implement Teen Psych-Dynamic Therapy sessions in conjunction with numerous other techniques, including other individual and group therapy sessions. We find that the insights and learning teens make during these sessions serve as a strong foundation for all the other therapy they do, as well as the growth which they begin here and continue, upon leaving Paradigm.