The adolescent and teen years can be a confusing and difficult time in a child's life. Sometimes children just need a safe place to 'vent' and talk things out, and they can find therapy to be very helpful for this. At other times children may need to learn how to express themselves more effectively in order to get their needs met in healthy ways. When this happens, I like to incorporate the child's parent(s), guardian or caretaker in occasional sessions so that the new skills learned can be practiced directly and then used within the home, with the goal of eventually eliminating my role.
Helping kids to cope, express themselves more effectively, and figure things out at an early age builds lifelong skills which can make all of life's transitions a little easier. If you feel your child is 'just not the same' or possibly struggling in some way, it may be worth an initial consultation to find out if therapy services could be beneficial.
I work with children ages 12 years and older. If your child is younger than this, it may be a good idea to look for a local counselor who specializes in play therapy, since this modality will better meet a younger child's needs.