Open Teen Support Group

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Open teen Support Group

The Open Teen Support Group will be every second Friday of the month. We use Whereby for the online meeting.

Nazeema KassamPeer Support Volunteer – Sofia (Lead Teen)


Peer Support Volunteer – Andrew (Lead Teen)

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We are the Perfect Example of Open Teen Support Groups 

Parents frequently struggle to get more than one-word responses from their teenagers. As a result, they may find it difficult to comprehend the same adolescents disclosing their darkest secrets and innermost sentiments to strangers they only met hours, days, or even minutes ago. Enabling themselves to be genuinely seen is frightening for many teenagers. Our Open teen support group, on the other hand, is a caring and empathetic environment in which teens can begin to let down their walls and tell their experiences with others.

Our Open teen support group is a fantastic way for teenagers to seek advice and guidance from one another. While your youngster may have a unique approach to their problems, other teenagers can share what has worked for them. This knowledge can assist your youngster in finding new methods to deal with issues. They might be able to find a more effective strategy or method to help them change their lives.

Learn More About Yourself in Our Teen Support Group

Finding affirmation in the experiences of others is a fantastic approach to learn more about yourself. As they try and squeeze in and find out who they are, many teenagers battle with “identity grabbing.” Frequently, it may appear as if a teen has a different persona, social group, or dressing style. They often feel compelled to hide elements of themselves that they regard to be flawed or intrinsically harmful.

Having a trusted set of peers in a teen support group increases our ability to face life’s obstacles. This is true for kids dealing with ordinary challenges such as peer influence and friend conflict, but it is especially true for those dealing with mental health or drug dependency issues. Being a part of an AERCS teen support group of peers who can relate to how they’re feeling while being guided by a qualified expert to help process tough events and feelings, can speed up the healing process.

 Impactful Teen Help in Toronto

Our teen help strategies in Toronto broaden a teen’s peer support network beyond their present friend circle, who, despite good intentions, may lack the patience, knowledge, or expertise to be helpful. Participating in open communication regularly in a judgment-free setting develops a headspace for compassionate and loving criticism, as well as a reliable sounding board for teenagers.

The advantages of AERCS’s teen help in Toronto also include the opportunity to role-play tough or stressful talks. If a teen is always in conflict with one of their family, for example, another group member could pretend to be the sibling. The teen will next be guided by the therapist leading the group through various methods of expressing feelings, creating limits, and settling disputes.

Furthermore, if teenagers believe they aren’t being properly heard by their friends or family, their inner need to get their point through might grow to a level that appears superfluous to outsiders, resulting in rage outbursts or melancholy episodes. Their reactions, on the other hand, are more likely to be persuaded in our teen help sessions in Toronto.

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