Teens have a variety of issues and challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis. Often there is significant pressure from peers to be a certain way in order to fit in. Additionally, this a challenging time for parents, where there is worry and concern for a variety of reasons. Because of this, I tend to work from a systems perspective, meaning I will incorporate one or both parents in the therapeutic process. Although a teen is nearing adulthood and learning to be their own person, in many ways they still need the support of loving adults. I typically meet with teens individually, but sometimes bring parents in to talk about relevant issues. Sometimes I may even schedule sessions with just parents present. All of these decisions are made in collaboration with the family to best meet the needs of your teen.
I have extensive experience working with teenagers from coaching high school lacrosse and working at a group home. I understand how challenging this period of time can be for a family. I commonly see teenagers with the following issues:
History of traumatic childhood
Highly sensitive teens
High achieving teens with perfectionism
Athletes navigating the college decision-making process
Athletes with performance anxiety