The length of time a client is in counseling depends the nature of the problem and the goals of the therapy. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling, usually approximately twelve weeks.
For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to meet with me for a longer period.
Unfortunately, sometimes a teenager is not as willing as his or her parents to come in for therapy. However, it is possible to improve family relationships and reduce stress with just some family members involved in counseling.
We have often found that counseling with parents of troubled teens produces positive results more quickly than meeting with the teenager alone! Sometimes small changes in communication or expectations can result in big changes in the long run.
As Marriage and Family Therapists, we do not prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with your healthcare provider to determine whether medication is warranted.