The overwhelming pressures that teens feel on a daily basis between school demands, fickle social relationships, physical changes, and ever-changing family dynamics can often leave them feeling alone and misunderstood in the world. Even the closest of bonds between a parent and child can feel strained during the adolescent years. Many teens find value in having someone outside of the family to talk with, to share their insecurities and problem-solve about social, familial, and school issues. It is easy for teens to fall into unhealthy patterns when they feel alone or pressured by others. I often see teens who are struggling with depression, anxiety, poor school performance, lack of motivation, anger toward parents, and relationship problems.
My approach with adolescents is one of warmth, understanding, a bit of humor, and at times, a challenge to current belief structures. I help explore early life experiences that may contribute to present day struggles, as well as look at day-to-day thoughts and actions that could be impacting one's mental and physical health. By mindfully and compassionately looking at themselves, teens I work with learn to help themselves. More than anything, adolescents need healthy coping mechanisms to deal with the many challenges in their lives. Finding healthy ways of managing stress is often priority in my treatment modality.