Teens who are experiencing problems at school, family problems, difficulties with friends, or any other tough time often can use the support of a therapist. Teens see me when they are feeling sad, angry, anxious, overwhelmed, fearful, or hopeless about what’s happening in their lives. I work with them to help them gain perspective on their problems, to talk about their feelings and thoughts so they make sense to them, and to help them sometimes find solutions that can help them with their problems.
I work with teens who are experiencing…
- Chronic illness (e.g., asthma, cancer, diabetes, HIV)
- Family changes (like addiction, alcoholism, divorce, separation)
- Low self-esteem and lack of friends
- Peer problems
- Recent re-location to a new school, home, city
- Sadness, depression
- Sibling problems
- Trauma or traumatic event
- Worries, being stressed out, anxiety
I believe that we all need to have healthy connections and for teens that means feeling safe and supported in our family environments. So, for teens collaborating with me, our work involves family therapy. I will ask your parents to talk with me in their own private parent consults so we can assess how they are feeling about how their parenting is going. We will at times also invite one or both of them into a session to help us evaluate your and your parents’ progress and to set new therapeutic goals for you and your parents.