Teens are in a season of exploring who they are, what their values are, how to connect with others, and what brings them joy and fulfillment in life. These are positive, healthy, and normal developments, but oftentimes the outgrowth can cause conflict with family or lead to some concerning behaviors.
I specialize in working with teenagers who are in a highly conflictual relationship with their parents, feeling overwhelmed by the stress of a demanding workload at school, or facing difficult emotions triggered by social interaction.
A teen struggling with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, an eating disorder, depression, low self-esteem, or other overwhelming life events, is one of the most challenging experiences a family can face. Problems in these areas can begin to have a negative impact on your teen’s school-work, friendships, confidence, and overall well-being. This is one of the most crucial times to seek outside help, and also a time when engaging in therapy can be most transformative.
While working with teens calls for an increased need for autonomy and trust, I believe in collaborating with school counselors or administrators in order to gain a full understanding of your child’s functioning and maximize the support they can receive in their school environment. Ideally, through therapy, teens are empowered to share openly with safe family members and friends.