The teenage years are so full but can feel so empty… or confusing….or scary….and more. So many changes in a short period of time. So many expectations and challenges at school and with friends. Plus, just wanting to have a say in things and privacy and to be left alone and to be allowed to spend more time with your friends. It can be so frustrating when parents think they know you well and think they know what you really meant. Why do they get so mad so easily?
To parents, I can help you understand the “logic” behind your teenagers reactions, responses and choices so that you feel a little more prepared for unpredictable moods, impulses and reactivity. Your teen will likely prioritize peer relationships over family. In addition, they face dealing with academic, athletic and college pressures, experimentation, divorce/blended families, self harm, social media and trauma. I can help.
College Students & Young Adults
Leaving for college is an exciting time of life. You have longed to be free. Why is it also a little scary? You wear a mask when called for and pretend to be totally fine with whatever is happening. Your life away at school is filled with incredible opportunities and also with the challenges of making new friends and adjusting to the constant transitions back and forth between home life (less freedom) and college (independence). Graduation is an accomplishment but, YIKES, now the world of work and beyond awaits. A world you know little about. A world your parents have figured out but how did they get there? It may seem like they’ve always been doing it well, or not. You shouldn’t have everything figured out. I can help.
Examples of Things I can Help with:
- 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
- Social Media
- Stress Management
- Transition to High School, College & Beyond
Parenting your children into their twenties 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. Let me help you open doors to communication.
Parenting can be the most difficult, yet most rewarding of enterprises. One of the challenges is to be certain that the way you parent, the way you respond and react, results in the outcome you are looking for. Add to this the obstacles you face in terms of the larger social culture (i.e. tech, social media, information overload) as well as your own issues (i.e. a natural tendency to personalize their behavior, wanting to control things in order to protect and guide them, etc.)