Teens and tweens endure many physical and emotional changes in a short period of time as they navigate through the developmental and social inconsistencies of their lives. While most parents hope their children come to them with issues, this age group naturally moves towards autonomy, independence and privacy as they develop. Plus, they are prone to rebellion, especially with parents. As an adolescent therapist, I can provide the extra support they need to manage these changes and a game plan for the digital, social and academic pressures they face. I help teens and tweens begin to understand parent’s perspectives – something you are capable of doing, but they may be incapable of hearing from you just now. My expertise, as an adolescent therapist, is connecting with teens. I am also highly skilled in helping parents navigate the variety of challenges raising teens presents including: unpredictable moods, impulses and reactivity, peer relationships, academic and athletic pressures, experimentation, divorce/blended families, self harm and trauma.
My adolescent therapist practice is devoted to helping with the following issues:
- Academic Demands
- Alcohol & Drugs
- Athletic Demands & Performance Issues
- Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD and Phobias
- Depression & other Mood Disorders
- Divorce Issues & Impact
- Grief & Loss
- Eating Disorders
- Managing the DIGITAL Landscape
- Parent / Family Relationships
- Parenting Strategies
- Peer Relationships
- Self Injury
- Separation Anxiety
- Stress Management
- Transition to High School, College & Beyond
I have found success in working with adolescents by establishing a foundation of mutual respect through clear communication and boundaries. The hope, as an adolescent therapists, is that within this trusted environment, as they feel heard and open up, they can tolerate challenges to their thinking and widen the lens their world view. A “pseudo maturity” is apparent earlier than ever for pre-teens. Their developing brains have not kept pace with our “all access” society and “full disclosure” peer culture. Progress towards healthy decision making may be aided by an understanding of their role in their own family systems within the larger culture. Depending on the age of your teen, your involvement may be imperative to their improving. In some instances, although your teen is exhibiting symptoms, there may be pieces of parental guidance necessary as a primary or secondary mode of intervention.
Parenting youth through adolescence can be a very tough job. While we know more than ever about child development, today’s cultural influences and digital landscape have left most parents feeling less prepared and more scared than ever. Even the best parents have questions. In tandem with adolescent therapy, I will guide you in understanding adolescent development and behaviors more clearly. Together we will develop more effective parenting strategies and more satisfying communication between you and your children.
Parenting is the most difficult, yet most rewarding of enterprises. One of the challenges is to be certain that the methods you are using result in the goals you are looking to accomplish with your children, as they continue to change and develop. Add to this the obstacles you face in terms of the impact of the larger social culture (i.e. information overload) as well as your own issues (i.e. reactivity; a natural tendency to personalize their behavior, utilizing brain science to understand how easily buttons get pushed!).
I will help you develop individualized parenting strategies to effect a positive change in your situation. Part of the work includes an educational component with specific techniques that will improve your ability to understand your child and parent them more effectively. This involves literally translating the language between parents and children. It is imperative to remember that more crucial than your words, are your actions.