Are you tired of trying to fit in?
Do you feel stressed all the time?
Just want to live your own life?
Adolescents are often more self-conscious at the beginning of treatment. They soon find it a place to focus on themselves free from the pressures of family and friends. This freedom allows the chance to explore and understand their feelings. Once they feel more definite about what is causing them stress, together we can practice new skills and try out new solutions to old problems.
Parents of Teens
We can help you and your teen sort through all types of crises from painful, everyday struggles to life-changing events – all of which can paralyze families from moving forward and can be the cause of high stress among family members.
Adolescents, themselves baffled and overwhelmed by the intensity of their emotions, struggle to balance competing needs to fit in socially, succeed academically, please peers, parents and other adults – all while attempting to define their values and establish a strong sense of core identity. Both parents and teens often feel misunderstood, unheard, disrespected and disliked or ignored by the other.
Let us put the challenges your teen or family may be facing into perspective and offer you fresh solutions you may not have previously considered. As experienced Teen Therapists, we can assist you in finding solutions to problems at home or school, and teach your teen the skills they need to thrive.
Some teens don’t want to talk directly about a problematic situation or may not even be sure how to define the difficulties, so we start with a broader lens and slowly work our way towards the core situation at a pace that makes sense and is comfortable to you. We have lots of creative ways to work together, and it doesn’t always need to be “talk therapy.” Art, games, videos, role play, and even humor have a place in therapy depending on what works best for you.
Depending on your specific needs, we may provide strategies to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, hopelessness, or self-doubt. We can help motivate you to find safe, healthy coping skills to replace unhealthy coping skills. Sometimes we will work with you to improve your self-esteem and gain a sense of belonging, competence, and responsibility. Other times we may guide you in learning how to manage anger or control impulsive behavior.
We can help you in learning to express yourself and improve your communication with friends, families, and authority figures. Sometimes you may need some support as you endure difficult changes among your friends or family. Either way, we can do this together and confidentially.