Adolescence is an exciting time, but it can also be a very challenging phase of life for teens and their families. In navigating these crucial years, teens can experience emotional difficulties related to the development of identity, managing self-esteem, becoming separate from their parents, navigating complex and ever-changing social relationships, and making hard choices about drugs, alcohol, and sex. They are doing all of this in the ever-busy context of pressure to achieve in school and sports, socially, and in the eyes of others.
I have extensive experience helping teens and their families understand these challenges, find more useful–and less stressful–ways of handling these situations, and grow in ways that help set up the teen for a bright future. I provide a safe, understanding, and relaxed environment where teens can find their voice and be given the objective support and guidance that is sometimes needed when families feel stuck and stressed out.
My teen boy clients tend to find it easy to connect with me, and I can serve as a positive male role model for them. For teen girls, sometimes working with a male therapist can be the right step depending on their personal preferences and on the qualities of the relationships within their families. For parents, I am empathetic, supportive, and communicative, and I provide parenting counseling and coaching as needed.
When we meet, we can discuss your concerns about:
- Panic and Anxiety
- Anger Control Problems
- Social Anxiety and Skills
- Alcohol and Drugs
- Family Conflict
- Academic Performance and Stress
- Self-harming Behaviors
- Body Image
Part of my role may include collaboration with family members, teachers, physicians, and others who are involved in the teen’s life. We can discuss these partnerships together.