Preparing teens for major transitions in their life is empowering. Using visualization and past experience makes them feel like they already have some tools to succeed. Say things like:
What has worked in the past?
What are you concerned with the most for the future?
What do you know already that can help you and put your mind at ease?
How do you picture this next step?
This type of questioning helps teens dig into their toolbox. They feel like they have some confidence to decipher between right, wrong, and future challenges coming their way. They know they can trust their own intuition; the root of self-esteem. If they get a chance to talk it out, their brain builds new neural pathways. Imagining themselves overcoming challenges is a great way for alleviating stress, anxiety, and fear of the future.