The Importance of Setting Healthy Boundaries With Your Teen

Mother who sets healthy boundaries enjoys yoga with teenager.

When teens and young adults are facing mental health issues, they need a healthy, safe, and secure environment. Setting boundaries is essential to creating this type of environment. When children predictably and reliably experience acceptance in the form of boundaries, consistent and safe nurturing, and responsiveness from a trusted caregiver, they internalize the experience of having inherent self-worth and value.   Using Commitment, Acceptance,…

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Ask a Therapist: My Teen Is Acting Out. What Should I Do?

Two teenage girls laughing and thinking about acting out.

Ask a Therapist: My teen ran away and stayed out with friends all night again, drinking and smoking. I’m concerned about these behavioral problems and wonder if they are warning signs. What should I do? What should I say to address the negative behavior?  Emily Thelen, clinical director at Milestones by Chrysalis, has answers for you. She acknowledged that it’s hard to be a parent because no two teens are…

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