Programs for teens 12–17 years old

PTSD Treatment for Teens in Idaho

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PTSD therapy designed with teens’ unique needs in mind

Decrease symptoms by learning coping skills

Experienced therapists in a supportive environment

Approximately 5% of American teens experience post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is lingering stress caused by a traumatic event. Not every teen who experiences trauma ends up with PTSD. However, for those who do, the effects can be far-reaching and persistent, casting a profound shadow over their lives. At Avery’s House, we combine years of professional expertise with deep empathy. This creates a supportive environment where your teen can heal from the effects of past experiences.

Tamara Helfer

Medical Director – Avery’s House Idaho

Can PTSD go away on its own?

PTSD severely disrupts the ability to manage day-to-day life. Because PTSD symptoms are unlikely to improve on their own, getting professional help is crucial. 

Our clinicians’ treatment strategies are firmly rooted in evidence-based practices. They include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a highly effective method for helping patients identify, confront, and reframe the distorted and unhelpful thought patterns typically associated with PTSD.

Beyond these methodologies, our clinicians work closely with your teen to develop coping strategies. These interventions are designed to not only alleviate the acute symptoms of PTSD but also provide teens with essential skills for managing stress and navigating emotional challenges.

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Does my child need teen PTSD treatment?

Only mental health professionals, such as clinicians or therapists, are qualified to diagnose PTSD. However, as a parent or guardian, your role in spotting early signs is crucial.

If you notice disruptions in your adolescent’s life that seem like PTSD symptoms, it’s time to consider professional help. Early intervention can significantly enhance treatment effectiveness.

At Avery’s House, we specialize in providing tailored mental health support for teens. We’re here to assist you and your teenager through this tough time, providing care and understanding that promote their healing and mental well-being.

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PTSD symptoms in teens

While symptoms of PTSD in teens vary widely, they often include 

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Recurring nightmares
  • Intense feelings of fear
  • Feeling overwhelmed much of the time 
  • Vivid flashbacks to the traumatic event 
  • Sudden, unexplained angry outbursts
  • Heightened anxiety and stress 
  • Noticeable disinterest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Difficulty focusing or maintaining concentration
  • Depression or emotional numbness
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What causes PTSD in teens? 

Teen PTSD is caused by traumatic events. These include but aren’t limited to 

  • Physical or sexual abuse, whether experiencing or witnessing 
  • Serious accidents, such as car crashes or severe injuries 
  • Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods 
  • Exposure to violence, including school shootings and domestic violence 
  • Death of a loved one, especially if it’s sudden or violent 
  • Health-related trauma, such as chronic illnesses or invasive medical procedures 
  • Bullying or cyberbullying, as persistent harassment can be deeply traumatic

If you’re worried about your teen’s PTSD, we’re here to help. Contact us today to discover how our tailored treatment programs can guide your adolescent toward healing and recovery.

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Avery’s House promotes healing and growth through the work of our team and the excellence of our program.

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Treatment for PTSD in teens at Avery’s House

At Avery’s House, our skilled mental health professionals will work closely with you and your child to set goals. Then, we’ll develop a treatment plan focused on your child’s needs. Our teenage PTSD program also includes

  • Training in coping skills for effective management of PTSD symptoms
  • Trauma-informed care that addresses the root causes of PTSD 
  • Support groups to connect with peers facing similar challenges 
  • Teaching families how to support their loved ones through recovery

Therapeutic services offered as part of PTSD teen treatment

Our teenage PTSD treatment program services include

  • Child psychologist services
  • Case management
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Weekly individual sessions
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Art therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
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