Mindfulness Therapy Services | Margarita Rabinovich

Life flies by, and it’s easy to get lost in the blur. In adolescence, it’s ‘How do I fit in?’ In your 20s, it’s ‘What do I want to do?’ In your 30s, ‘Is this what I’m meant to do?’ I think the trick is living the questions. Not worrying so much about what’s ahead but rather sitting in the grey area – being OK with where you are. Chris Pine


I remember my Adolescence as a transformative phase filled with growth, self-discovery, and social and identity challenges. Even when the context and lifestyles have changed since my years of Adolescence, some emotional experiences seem to remain alike these days.

As a psychotherapist, I firmly believe in the power of psychotherapy as a valuable resource for adolescents navigating this critical stage of development.

Let’s explore psychotherapy’s numerous benefits to adolescents.


Emotional Regulation and Self-Awareness:

Psychotherapy serves as a safe and confidential space where adolescents can explore and better understand their emotions. Adolescents often grapple with intense feelings, such as anxiety, depression, anger, or confusion. Through therapy, they can learn effective coping strategies, develop emotional regulation skills, and gain insights into the underlying causes of their emotional challenges. This process enables them to build self-awareness and make informed decisions regarding their emotional well-being.

Healthy Coping Mechanisms:

Adolescence can be a time of exploration and experimentation, and some individuals may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, self-harm, or risky behaviours. A therapist offers the opportunity to explore the different options arising from a difficult time. And most importantly, a therapist will always present with a non-judgmental attitude creating a sense of safety and trust.
Psychotherapy provides adolescents with open conversations about healthier alternatives, teaching them adaptive coping skills to deal with stress, peer pressure, or complex life events. By exploring and identifying their triggers, therapists can guide adolescents towards positive coping strategies, such as mindfulness, problem-solving, or seeking support from trusted individuals.

Developing Resilience:

Life’s challenges and setbacks are inevitable. Building resilience helps adolescents bounce back stronger. Psychotherapy plays a crucial role in fostering resilience by empowering adolescents to confront and overcome adversities. A therapist will work collaboratively with adolescents to develop problem-solving abilities, enhance self-esteem, and promote a growth mindset. Through therapy, adolescents learn to view obstacles as opportunities for growth and build the resilience necessary to navigate the complexities of life.

Improved Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

Adolescents often experience difficulties in effectively communicating their thoughts, needs, and emotions. Psychotherapy offers a supportive environment where adolescents can enhance their communication and interpersonal skills.
Adolescents learn active listening, empathy, assertiveness, and conflict resolution techniques by engaging in therapeutic dialogue. These skills empower them to establish healthier relationships, constructively navigate conflicts, and foster a sense of connection with their peers, family, and other influential individuals.

Identity Exploration and Self-Expression:

During Adolescence, young individuals undergo significant identity formation and exploration. Psychotherapy provides a nurturing space for adolescents to reflect on their values, beliefs, and aspirations. Therapeutic interventions encourage self-expression through various modalities, such as art, music, or writing, enabling adolescents to explore their unique identities and cultivate a strong sense of self. This process supports the development of a positive self-image. It assists adolescents in making choices aligned with their authentic selves.

Academic and Personal Growth:

Psychotherapy positively influences adolescents’ academic performance and personal growth. Therapy can help to reduce academic stress, improve focus, and enhance motivation by addressing underlying psychological issues.
Through goal-setting and planning, a therapist will assist adolescents in developing time-management skills, effective study habits, and resilience in the face of academic challenges. Moreover, therapy encourages the exploration of interests, strengths, and passions, fostering personal growth and guiding adolescents toward a fulfilling and purposeful life.

Adolescent Psychotherapy offers a multitude of benefits, equipping them with invaluable skills and resources to navigate the complexities of this transformative stage.
By promoting emotional regulation, healthy coping mechanisms, resilience, communication skills, identity exploration, and personal growth, therapy empowers adolescents to face life’s challenges confidently and foster their overall well-being.