When you consider the vast number of reasons why troubled teens end up in residential treatment centers – and the countless ways of individualizing treatment – it’s no wonder that therapy for teens can get tricky.
But, there always seems to be one common factor that aids in their success: relatability. The opportunity for teens to connect with those who have also struggled can have a significant impact on their recovery. That’s why many troubled youth often end up becoming youth counselors: They understand the impact they can have on other teens’ lives.
The Importance of Connecting
During the process of recovery, it’s important to connect with teenagers so that they will open themselves up to healing. This isn’t always an easy task, since all teenagers are learning to express their independence, are becoming more self-aware, and don’t exactly enjoy adults telling them what to do. However, when it comes to counseling, finding a youth counselor who specializes in the particular problem that the teenager is struggling with could really open doors and accelerate recovery.
Youth counselors who have experienced the same types of struggles that teens do have a unique insight into what an individual teen is going through. It allows counselors to establish a rapport with the teen more easily, giving them a safe place to be heard without fear of judgment – it also provides them a place to hear advice and options without being “told” what to do. Once troubled youth are open to recovery options, the healing can begin.
Youth counselors who struggled as teens sometimes have a dual-purpose for the profession they chose.