Trinity Teen Solutions Treats Power & Control Issues

Trinity Teen Solutions restores the mind, body, and spirit of our troubled teen girls through innovative therapeutic approaches and trauma-informed therapeutic care. And we work tirelessly to reunite your entire family through family therapy. That’s why we value Christian Counseling, Evidenced-Based Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. Most private insurance will pay for your daughter’s inpatient residential treatment at Trinity Teen Solutions. To speak with a Family Advocate, please call 307-202-8400.

Parents looking for effective therapy methods to help a struggling young teen girl can learn about how we treat Power and Control issues at our therapeutic residential home in Wyoming. 

 Trinity Teen Solutions understands that parents want to send a troubled teen girl to a safe, monitored environment where she receives personal care, and individual therapies that help heal emotional and mental disorders–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption or family genetics. 

 And while the young teen girl enrolls our therapeutic residential home for counseling, treatment, and improving academic/life skills, Trinity Teen Solutions also helps girls who struggle with power and control issues improve their mental and physical health. 

Power and Control?

“Children who struggle with power and control issues manifest this struggle in a variety of ways.  Here are just a few:” 1

Ignoring a direct instruction or command

Completing tasks half-way

Using the “silent treatment”

Pushing a limit (for example: child is told to stop throwing the ball in the house, throws it one more time and then stops)

Refusing to eat what is placed before him or her

Lashing out with anger when reprimanded

Refusing to apologize

“A girl with power and control issues only feels worthwhile when she is dominating those around her.  She achieves this domination by getting adults to do what she wants or by only doing what she wants to do.  She is likely experiencing deep-seated insecurities which are masked by these power plays.” 1

Another therapist shares, “In my experience, this behavior came about for one or more of these reasons: “ 2

1) Kids with underdeveloped lower centers of the brain often experience a lot of failure when others are leading. That’s because those in control usually have no awareness of how to build into the structure (i.e. make subtle modifications) so that such kids can then easily comply and experience success.

So to avoid that dreaded sense of failure, some kids compensate by seizing control of the situation.  They’ll insist on doing it “their way.” But their way also works best for their brain, and now makes it impossible to fail by not doing a task as others expect.

2) Kids take control because others (inadvertently) reinforce this distorted sense of power by giving a lot of attention to the negative behavior. Here, the child’s brain may actually register holding the whole family hostage (by refusing to do whatever, and thereby delaying everyone) as giving him or her a distorted sense of importance. It’s even better if family members become upset. Now she’s even controlling how they act!  She’s center-stage as she proves that, again and again, she can turn a whole house upside down. And every time she’s allowed to do that, she further entrenches a brain map that reinforces she’s the boss.

3) Kids take control when they don’t trust those in charge to lead. If that’s so, then a key question to ponder is . .  . how did those kids lose that trust in the first place?

Some variables that affect trust are: 1) As parents, we second-guess many of our decision; 2) We’re inconsistent with how we respond; 3) We focus more on the negative, without honoring the present gifts our child has to share; 4) We don’t regularly build into the structure to make it easy to comply.”2

Trinity Teen Solutions Gives Families Healthy Ways to Heal Issues

That’s why Trinity Teen Solutions treats teen girls with Power and Control issues. Licensed therapists address your girl’s mental and behavioral issues, and create an individual treatment plan to follow. We also provide nutritious meals, and healthy exercise and activities. We want each troubled teen girl to experience effective counseling and treatment, as well as improve daily life at school, and back home with family.

The goal of Trinity Teen Solutions is to help girls who have gotten off track in life to develop the emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to independently live, learn and work in the community.  If you want to learn more about how we treat teen girls who struggle with Power and Control issues at our therapeutic residential home, please call us now at 307-202-8400.