Social Work: Social Work services focus on understanding and identifying emotions and tackling barriers to a child’s emotional and social experiences. Social Workers work with adolescents and teens on understanding how their emotions impact their day-to-day functioning, and how they can use coping strategies to maintain a balanced state. Social Workers at Eyas Landing use a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach to identify and reframe cognitive distortions, support teens and adolescents with recognizing rational and irrational thoughts, modeling and guiding emotional validation and regulation, practicing mindfulness, and grounding techniques, and creating and exploring coping strategies. Together, working on these skills gives adolescents and teens the tools they need to feel good in their day-to-day lives.
Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapists work to increase engagement and participation in everyday activities. For adolescents and teens, this includes school, peer and family relationships, extracurricular activities, chores, and leisure activities. When adolescents and teens are experiencing anxiety and depression, they tend to become less engaged in these meaningful activities, pulling away from interacting with others and participating less in activities they enjoy. Occupational Therapists can provide strategies and techniques for increasing engagement in meaningful activities. Participating in meaningful activities increases self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-worth. By getting adolescents and teens to participate in meaningful activities, they will find more meaning in their lives.