It can feel overwhelming when your teen needs professional help.
Here's how I help simplify the complicated.
SPECIALTY AREAS FOR TEENS
- Family issues
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Adjustment and transition issues with high school or college
- Learning or school issues
- Disobedience and/or defiance
- Divorce/blended families
- Complex parenting issues
- Obsessive compulsive behavior
- Autism spectrum
- Overcoming bullying
- Stress management
- Social anxiety
- Developing healthy social skills
- Panic attacks and phobias
- Chronic health issues
- Grief and loss
- Eating disorders and appearance concerns
- Recovery from abuse or trauma
What does a counseling session with me look like?
My style is personable, caring, and non-judgmental. I’m a good listener, and my sessions are interactive and unique to each client. My focus is to help your teen develop healthy coping styles. The techniques I use in my therapy are supported by research that proves their effectiveness.
I don’t simply sit back and nod my head during a session with a teen. I focus on the here and now, where we use their strengths to help bring change. Each time we’re together, we’ll come up with suggestions or homework to help your teen work on helpful changes until we meet again.
How do parents play a role in their teen’s therapy?
I'll first meet with both you and your teen to discuss the issues. There, I'll get an understanding of what’s worked so far, what hasn’t worked and where we’re at in the treatment process.
Next, we’ll decide together on an appropriate boundary of what I’ll share with you, the parent, going forward. My sessions work best when I work with the teen by themselves, and they feel comfortable with me. If there’s any threat of suicide or dangerous behavior, your teen and I will talk with you together about the issue.
After our first session, I’ll give you and your teen an assessment to complete before our next session.
Our next session starts with the test results, where we’ll discuss what I think the issues are. I'll propose a treatment plan and we’ll set goals together.
Going forward, most teens are dropped off or arrive alone to their session, based on our agreed upon boundaries set during our first session. If we’re working on a family issue, we will regularly meet collectively to discuss strategies and next steps.