Children and adolescents' ways of thinking can be very different from those of adults. When a young person struggles with a problem or behavioral habit, care-givers try all sorts of strategies and often exert great efforts to find solutions. Invariably, some of this effort is helpful and some is not, in spite of everyone's best intentions.
Since at some point, young people can withdraw and refuse to discuss their struggles with their care-givers, it can be very useful to involve an experienced and knowledgeable professional. Familiarity with the new generation's experiences of friends, school, and parents, coupled with expertise on brain research and developmental milestones, can go a long way towards progressively alleviating struggles. This is especially true of teenagers who are grappling with important questions about friendships, identity, and autonomy.
Therapeutic conversations provide a safe opportunity for these young people to better understand themselves, sort out various social dilemmas, make preferred choices, and examine who they are becoming.