The Connection Between Trauma and Behavior of Out of Control Teens
The Connection Between Trauma and Behavior of Out of Control Teens

The Connection Between Trauma and Behavior of Out of Control Teens

When troubled teens have suffered a traumatic experience, they need help.

It’s easy to think that counseling and therapy can provide a simple solution for whatever issues are plaguing them – and it can, for the most part. However, not all problems that teens face can be addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach. Just as troubled young adults and teens are all different, so are the types of trauma and their treatments. For troubled teens, their fear, anxiety, and stress are very real, and it takes an individualized approach to heal them.

Types of Trauma and How It Affects Troubled Teens

Trauma may be experienced from varying sources and occur in varying degrees. It may be from physical or sexual assault, emotional or verbal abuse, violence (in the community or home), from surviving a natural disaster, or from the loss of a loved one, to name a few. It may even stem from multiple sources. However, regardless of which of the acts and deals with it will likely be different than another who has experienced the exact same thing.

For instance, a teen who has been physically assaulted may react by becoming angry and abusive to others, while another may become anxious and depressed. Another example is how struggling young adolescents react to the loss of a loved one: one teen may withdraw and indulge in self-harm, while another may bury his or her emotional distress and have it manifest in other ways, like with drugs or alcohol, or by developing an obsessive need to obtain attention through social media platforms.

Unfortunately, there is no way to know exactly how deeply your teen has been affected until they begin to get help.

Family First Family Advocates Treats Mentally Ill Teens, Including those Struggling with Past Trauma-related Issues

Trauma-informed care

Family First is a residential treatment center in Palm Beach City, Florida, that is highly adept in treating trauma-suffering teens from all parts of the United States and beyond. 

What's more At Family First, we are licensed to treat mental health disorders, substance use disorders, problematic gaming, and specialize in providing emotionally-suffering teens with cutting-edge trauma-informed care. 

What is Trauma-informed Care? 

At Family First, we want to listen to and understand what this message is for each of our clients. To do so, we use various treatment approaches that are trauma-informed by nature. One very exciting, cutting-edge treatment approach we use is called the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). NARM is a non-regressive theoretical approach and clinical model that addresses the complexities of attachment, relational, and developmental trauma.

Why We’re Different

Family First Adolescent Services believes that effectively treating an adolescent client demands a different approach and intensity of therapeutic services compared to the typical treatment model for adults. Our treatment is tailored specifically to teens and taps into our client's creativity, vitality and sense of community.

Our more tactile approach to teen-specific treatment uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including NARM™, a specialized approach to healing developmental trauma that focuses on a healthy connection between body and mind, and an experiential program that teaches teens to connect fun with self-care.

Each week, our clients work through their healing process with us during scheduled individual therapy sessions and family therapy sessions guided by their primary counselor, as well as group therapy sessions. A teen’s need for support doesn’t necessarily follow a schedule which is why our clinicians, including Master’s level therapists, are onsite and available throughout the day to address issues as they arise. 

Family First Adolescent Services embraces the entire family in the healing process, offering specialized support to parents and guardians. We also provide an intensive communication schedule between family and staff so that you stay current with your teen’s progress throughout their stay with us.

We believe a young person’s best chance for long-term healing happens when the entire family undergoes a shift toward a deeper connection with themselves and others. Find out how we treat the whole child and family, call (833) 241-7746.