Teenager Therapy With Kaizen
For families with at-risk teens, it can be a struggle to provide lasting improvements with therapy. The Beautiful Mind Project believes these teens make much more progress using incremental change. The word Kaizen comes from the Japanese word for “steady, gradual improvement.”
Through Kaizen, we connect members of our community with cost-free counseling for teenagers and their guardians. The program selects eight to ten children to participate in group activities with a licensed counselor. Parents also participate, forming groups to talk about raising children with mental illnesses and managing their own psychological well-being.
How Effective is Family Counseling?
Both teenager therapy and counseling for parents are highly effective. These sessions can help you identify behavioral triggers, explore tools and techniques to improve mental health, and improve communication between teens and their parents.
An estimated 49.5% of 12 to 18-year-olds have experienced a mental illness.
Data from the Department of Health and Human Services
80% of children with diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60% with diagnosable depression do not receive treatment.
Courtesy of the Child Mind Institute
Parents report that their child’s behavior improved in 73.7% of family therapy cases.
Statistics from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Cost-Free Therapy for Teenagers and Parents
Some approaches to therapy place stress on teens by asking them big questions like, “what do you want to do with your life?” or “where do you want to go to college?” Our therapy sessions help children and parents identify the small things they can do to steadily improve mental health. The Kaizen program focuses on helping at-risk children get 1% better every day. We help teens identify the small things they can do today to make progress.
Who Can Participate in Kaizen?
We welcome any family with at-risk teens to participate. Parents or guardians who want to learn how to help their children navigate their mental health while managing their own mental health should apply to the program.
How Are Families Chosen?
Our project aims to be accessible to everyone. We invite families to apply and select participants at random. This method ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in Kaizen.
What Kind of Therapy Will My Family Receive?
After a quick application process, we work with our group to arrange in-person therapy over several weeks. We invite our teens to participate in activities that promote discussion while keeping them engaged. Parents form a separate group to talk about the struggles of raising at-risk teens and techniques to improve communication.
Sessions occur at the Mindology building at times that avoid conflicts with work, sports, and extracurricular activities.
How Long Can Teens and Parents Participate?
Groups will participate in a several-week program that teaches the core concepts of Kaizen. After the program ends, we can refer your family to long-term care if you wish to continue receiving therapy.