Teens

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

Attachment issues

Sexual assault

Self-harm

Suicidal ideation

Relationship challenges

Drug use

Highly sensitive teens

High achieving teens with perfectionism

Athletes navigating the college decision-making process

Athletes with performance anxiety