Teenage years are the very essence of change – During this time period, there’s little about your child that is not changing and, while these times can be thrilling and exciting, they are often very confusing and overwhelming. Teens are faced with shifting social norms, values, responsibilities, and hormones, all at once. It often seems that every time they figure out and categorize a part of their life, it has changed again. Teens years have the potential to be a rich and fulfilling period, and can also be very difficult with higher rates of anxiety, depression, destructive behaviors, and suicidal thoughts.
These days, Teenagers talk with me a lot about their growing sense of hopelessness with the current state of the world, at the gender, racial, political, economical, and environmental level. Teens express they feel they've inherited a mess and are being schooled to a large extent in a way that perpetrates the problematics they encounter in society. Many teenagers experience increased anxiety due to the unrest they are seeing in the media. And it is very clear to me that many increasingly turn to drugs and alcohol and increased social media in order to numb this anxiety and despair. It is of tremendous importance to support teens make sense if this current state of the world, and support them find their ways. I explore with them these world affairs and offer space for processing the depth of this situation, and build solution minded approaches so that they have clear ways in which they can participate in the solutions to remedy these challenging times. I emphasize with them the value and self care inherent in reaching for each other and adults that they trust. Part of staying engaged with the solutions is exploring their contribution to social change movements, and thinking of career choices that speak to them deeply. These times call for our teens to be part of the solution to world affairs.
I aim to support and encourage teens' growing sense of independence. We do this a number of ways; the clarification of cause and effect as evidenced by their past and present choices, and what this means for their future. They’ll have a safe environment to explore the world of options available to them and learn to truly step into their identity with confidence and compassion for self and others, regardless of the challenges they face, be it a learning disability, relational disharmony, sensory-integration issues, or trauma.
This treatment will be unique to each case and may include any combination of short-term solutions-based individual therapy, parental support therapy, or teen/parent therapy. I work collaboratively with the teen to establish goals for themselves and to engage them in their therapy journey.
I’d be happy to meet and support you supporting your teen become the best they can be. If you’d like to learn more about me and my approach, I encourage you to visit my about section HERE. To schedule your first meeting and consultation, contact me HERE.
Areas of Expertise
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Impulse Control issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Solution focused, depth therapy with couples, individuals, children and teens
Behavioral assessment in the home
IEP consultation and attendance
Behavior Treatment plans
School observation, consulting with teachers
Services for Families are also available. For more information, click HERE.