I can only speak from my own experience. The specialized nature of Tom Barthel Consulting can be best understood in terms of what I call a troubled teen.
A troubled teen is a young person (13-19) who has taken him or her self out of the whole context of what is productive to their future. He or she has lost a grip on moving forward and is either becoming stagnant and reclusive while going nowhere in life, or has instead moved downhill quite quickly and going nowhere in life.
There are times this reclusiveness and downhill slide moves slowly in teenagers, and the parent is merely curious to head it off and correct things a little. Or there are times the teenager is having downhill experiences that happen quite sudden and parents want to take care of it right now. For many of my clients, the downhill slide has already happened and it has become “forest fire of conflict” and it requires an emergency intervention.
Regardless of whether it is a degradation into reclusiveness or a sudden deterioration in their behaviour, the symptoms that can resemble these problems are this: