Your child is now a teenager and it is hard to know how much or how little to help, especially when they are struggling. They are your child, but they are budding into adulthood. It is a confusing time as a parent, and it is confusing as a teen. At JCAC, we have counselors that specialize in working with teenagers by offering group and individual counseling. We can assist your teenager explore their identity, values, self-esteem, self-worth, goals, and dreams of life. We can help the struggling adolescent manage relationships, social situations, battle addiction, bullying, self harm, depression, and anxiety. We also can help you as a parent, understand when to step in and when to step back.
As children grow into teenagers, their peer relationships become an important part of their identity and emotional growth. Healthy relationships that honor our values and bring out the best in ourselves is an important part of becoming a mature and healthy adult. Not having friends, or having the wrong friends can cause challenges and difficulties. At JCAC we can help teens learn effective communication skills, assertiveness skills, learn and process healthy boundaries, and ways to find balance in both friend and family life.
It is not something we want to believe is possible, but suicidality in teens is a scary reality in the North Atlanta area. When a teen talks about death, dying, or not wanting to be alive, it is a serious situation that needs immediate attention. Many say "they are just wanting attention." However research tells us that suicidal thoughts are a result of overwhelming emotional pain, and a real or perceived feeling of being alone or a burden to others. At Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling we are trained to assess the level of risk when a teen is having suicidal ideation. We can help the teen feel comfortable and understood, and help create real and practical skills to manage the overwhelming emotion and perception of feeling alone. Our counselors believe that support and inclusion with parents and family is an important aspect of healing and recovery from suicidal ideation and self harm.
While counseling sessions with teens are absolutely confidential, we utilize a team approach when the risk is high. We strive to help each teen to create and utilize a support network. We can also help parents and family learn how to be a positive support - sometimes our good intentions end up not working. Call us to learn more, and to schedule your first appointment.
With the heavy political climate in our country, it is hard to know if you will be accepted. It is the goal of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling to be above politics and to give a sense of welcome and acceptance for every person that walks into our door – regardless of any backgrounds or affiliations.
Our counselors are experienced and competent to work with
all ethnicities and racial backgrounds,
those of different
faiths including those who are spiritual, religious, or not practicing. As well
as mix race families, LGBTQ+ adolescents, trans teens, those exploring their identity, and faith. Our goal is to meet you where you are, and offer you a safe place to have a healing counseling experience.
The counselors at Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling are free of judgement and passionate about serving those within our community. We are here to help you walk through the darker valleys of life to achieve your best self. If you want to work with a counselor that has experience working with one of these populations, be sure to mention it as you are talking to the intake line.
In this video, Erica discusses 9 key symptoms of depression. Erica also explains the difference between feeling sad and medical depression. She will help you figure out if you are just feeling the weight of your stress or if you are clinically depressed, along with how to find the help you need. Medical Depression is different than situational stress. Learn all the symptoms of medical depression as well as coping skills to try with situational stress. COVID-19 has increased the stress for everyone. This video includes a depression checklist to help you determine if the stress you feel is you feeling down, or if you are legit depressed!
Preparing for college and going to college holds expectations
of fun and independence. However, many in this stage struggle with
adjusting to the freedom of young adult life.
MANY YOUNG ADULTS EXPERIENCE:
• Depression and anxiety for the first time
• Overwhelmed feelings with making life decisions such as career choices and romantic relationships that can impact them the rest of their life
• Confusion in knowing which direction to go or which major to choose
• Stress and can stumble into using unhealthy habits as coping skills such as substances and sex
Our counselors at JCAC are trained to help you discover yourself and help you decide a healthy path. Rather than leading you a certain direction, we are trained to help you discover what direction is right for you. We can help make ‘adulting’ easier.
Call use to learn more and schedule an appointment.