Adolescence is a turbulent developmental phase, where hormones and emotions run high. Adolescents are typically self-centered and narcissistic, and typically think of their needs first, often at the expense of their parents or other family members. These behaviors are likely to affect the whole family, adding increased tension and stress. While some degree of turmoil and acting out are normal in the quest for independence, other adolescents engage in higher risk behaviors. Eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, lying, oppositional and sexual promiscuity is commonly seen among adolescents struggling with identity issues or having difficulty separating. Therapy is effective for adolescents individually, as well as, with the family. It can help break a negative cycle and provide effective and appropriate coping mechanisms. Therapy is a place for adolescents to feel safe and engage in a trusting relationship.