Teen Therapy

Adolescence is one of the more challenging phases of life as they experience so much change all at once. They are at a developmentally exciting, yet often complicated and confusing time in their lives.

It is important to engage adolescents and teens in a therapy style they can relate to which requires a casual, respectful and honest approach.

There are physical changes, academic and social pressures increase, expectations change at home and at school, dating and sexuality emerge; and a more cognitively, emotionally mature sense of self begins to develop. Teens are discovering their personal power for the first time, and often struggle with how to effectively use assertiveness to communicate their needs, resolve conflict amicably, and make beneficial choices. At the same time, parents have new demands placed on long-established roles, and often struggle to adjust their parenting approach. The entire family shifts as the adolescent develops and strives for autonomy, making for one of the most challenging stages in the life of any family.

I specialize in working with teens, and am able to establish rapport that feels natural to them, different than a parent/child relationship, establishing a collaborative and productive therapeutic experience. I will engage with your teenager and invite them to try different things in session and out in the world. I provide a respectful, confidential, and positive relationship with my teenage clients which leaves them feeling empowered and understood. I believe that long lasting change can be supported when I can help the whole family. I also want to involve you, the parents, in the process of finding solutions whether in session or at home. I use a strengths based approach when working with teens that encourages personal growth and positive influence on relationships, school and the world around them.

Common Challenges:

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Social Issues
  • School Demands
  • Technology
  • Self-Esteem
  • Emotional Fluctuations
  • Risky Behaviors
  • Depression/Sadness
  • Addressing any Past or Current Traumas/Abuse
  • Parenting Issues
  • Family Relationships
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I Commonly Draw From:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Techniques
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness