Help for PTSD in teenagers

For adolescents 12-17 years old

  • Understand how to help a teen with PTSD
  • Learn coping skills & decrease symptoms
  • Make a positive long-term improvements
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Avery’s House is a safe environment for teens to get treatment for PTSD and other conditions. Avery’s House accepts adolescents ages 11-18. quote-icon

About 5% of American teens experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prolonged stress response to a traumatic event. Most teens who experience trauma will not experience PTSD. However, left untreated, symptoms could last for years and severely interfere with your child’s life. Avery’s House is here to help teens recover.

Teen post traumatic stress disorder treatment

PTSD is a common diagnosis for anyone who has survived trauma, including teens. 

Many teens experience trauma in their lives. Not all of those cases will result in a diagnosis of PTSD, but some will. Teen therapy is a vital part of trauma treatment. 

Knowing the symptoms, causes, and effects of PTSD on teens is crucial. A therapist can help in making a diagnosis. They can then create a treatment plan that promotes healing and growth.

PTSD interrupts the ability to deal with regular life activities. Symptoms of PTSD are unlikely to improve on their own. This makes treatment a necessity. 

Every teen will be paired with a specialist to receive a diagnosis and treatment. All specialists are well-equipped to treat PTSD.

Teen PTSD Treatment

Avery’s House specializes in PTSD treatment for teens. 

A therapist will help get you a proper diagnosis. Some of the symptoms they will look for include, but are not limited to: 

  • Nightmares or sleeplessness
  • Fear and overwhelm
  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Overwhelmed by life
  • Less interested in life activities
  • Loss of focus or ability to concentrate
  • Depression or numbness 

Some of the treatment options offered at Avery’s House include: 

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems Model of Therapy for Trauma (IFS)
  • Experimental Therapy Options

A therapist may also prescribe medication if they think it will help the teen.

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What Causes PTSD in Teens?

Not everyone who has trauma will experience PTSD as an automatic response. But there are specific things that may cause this disorder reaction for some people.

Among children and adolescents, PTSD can result from abuse in 30% of the documented cases. This includes neglect and physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.

Several factors impact the severity of PTSD symptoms. Some of these factors are: 

  • The severity of the traumatic event
  • Whether they received significant support following trauma
  • Other stress factors in their life
  • Whether there have been previous traumas (such as sexual abuse)
  • Earlier diagnoses of depression or anxiety
  • Genetics and whether there is a familial tendency for depression

It’s important to note that not every case of PTSD has an obvious cause. It’s a mental health illness with continued research for better understanding.

Avery’s House offers a warm and friendly environment for teens. They will have the opportunity to interact with their peers as they recover.

Avery’s House 

Avery’s House is a teen mental health treatment center offering a safe and comfortable environment for teens to heal and thrive. 

Every teen works with an experienced and licensed therapist trained to treat PTSD.

Every teen patient participates in individual as well as group sessions. 

The sessions work to: 

  • Help teens recover from trauma
  • Improve their mood
  • Teach them coping strategies
  • Heal family relationships

Our facility does not feel like a hospital. It feels like a friendly, comforting environment.


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


Josh Lemieux – Admissions

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Teen PTSD Treatment 

According to, 1 in 6 U.S. youth ages 6-27 experience a mental health disorder every year. 

44% of teenagers across the United States report feeling sad or hopeless every day for at least two consecutive weeks. 

High school students with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of school. 

Many teens struggle to find or afford treatment. 

Adolescents ages 11-18 will find a welcoming atmosphere at Avery’s House.

Therapeutic services included


Family Therapy


Schooling Options


Medication Management


Case Management


Music Therapy


Community Based Activities

Some of the services included as part of the program are:

  • Weekly individual sessions
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT)
  • Pharmacotherapy

Supporting Your Teen

Your role as a parent is vital. Your teen needs a lot of love and support leading up to their first appointment for PTSD therapy. 

Here are some ways you can offer support: 

  • Talk with your teen about how they’re feeling. Don’t lecture them or try to “fix” anything. Just listen. It means a lot to know that you are there. 
  • Teach them ways to relax and release stress, such as deep breathing exercises.  
  • Encourage them to participate in activities they enjoy, if they feel like it. Spending time with friends, cooking, and listening to music are all great options.
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