therapy for teens
Information on therapy support for teens with anxiety, depression, OCD, and school related anxiety. Solution and coping focused therapy.
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.
My work with teenagers aims to support and encourage their growing sense of independence. I achieve this through a number of methods, such as 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, regardless of the challenges they face, be it a learning disability, relational disharmony, sensory-integration issues, or trauma.
I most often begin my work with teens by first meeting with the parents. I believe it is beneficial to view the presenting problem situations from all sides, and parental viewpoint is often the best place to begin. Through a series of questions I learn the story of the teen's life and track how various significant experiences may have contributed to create the current situation.
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
- Life transitions
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- School-related challenges
- Social challenges
- 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.