Adolescents and teens are facing an ever-changing world and challenges, including how social media is affecting relationships. Some teens need added support in coping with peer relationships. family conflict, and making healthy life choices. Many adolescents are resistant to therapy but I find they often change their mind after starting. I am honest and supportive and can become a trusted adult who they can confide in and explore their current struggles with emotions, relationships, and choices. Counseling can help teens identify their internal struggles and develop healthier ways to view and cope with struggles and provide support as they learn and practice new skills. Adolecence is developmentally the time when teens are developing their own identity, separating and gaining independence from their parents, and experiencing emotional and physical changes that can lead to overwhelming feelings of confusion and pressure. I have experience helping teens cope with peer relationships to more serious struggles with substance use, self-injury and trauma history. I also work closely with parents who are often struggling with how best to help their teen and we will determine together needs for family therapy.
An 18 year old male contacted me following a session and provided this feedback, "You give amazing advice. I had a realization moment."Having a non-judgmental trusted adult to process life and emotional struggles with can help a teen feel confident in making positive life choices.
I have expertise helping adolescents and families with:
separation and divorce
blended family issues
self-esteem and confidence
trauma and abuse
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