Adolescent/Teen Individual Therapy –
Adolescence is an exciting time of incredible change, which can include high levels of self-consciousness, experimentation and new focus on peers as primary support system. For teens, concerns can often show up first as physical or behavioral symptoms, rather than clearly communicated emotional distress.
When working with teens, I invite them to take off the many masks they wear in various arenas of their lives and connect to their core values. Through respecting their autonomy and strengths, and deeply listening to their stories, I seek to create a trusting, confidential environment in which to help navigate the often tumultuous tides in this phase of their lives. I have found that often teens have a hard time talking with their parents about emotionally charged topics. I consult with parents on how to open up such conversations with their teens and model healthy interpersonal communication.