During adolescence, we solidify our sense of self and begin to navigate through the challenges that prepare us for becoming young adults. During this time, it is critical that parents try their best to understand their teen’s behavior rather than simply react to it and try to control it. I help parents gain some perspective on what’s going on in their child’s mind, including the neurological changes that occur during adolescence.
I tailor my approach to the specific needs of the teen and their family. Whereas some teens are academically oriented and thrive in the classroom but suffer from anxiety and difficulties managing stress, others are more sensitive and artistic but may struggle to feel understood or to fit in with their peers. I work by developing rapport, using my relationship with the client to model alternative responses and teach methods including CBT, DBT and mindfulness techniques.