Individual Therapy for Teens
Does my teenager need counseling? How can I tell? How will it help?
These are questions I hear very often from parents who contact me wondering, is my child just being a normal, moody teenager or does he/she need some help? Knowing how tumultuous the teenage years can be, it makes sens that parents might wonder what qualifies as "normal."
The most common concerns I address are:
low self-esteem/lack of confidence
self doubt/concerns about self-image
difficulty managing stress (often leading to self-injury)
difficulty with relationships (parents, siblings, friends)
inability to handle conflict
What is my approach to therapy with teens?
Teen therapy is about so much more than just giving teens a place to vent and someone to listen to them. My approach to therapy is strengths based and solution-focused. With every teen client I meet with I seek to:
Discover (or uncover) Their Strengths
With each individual teen I meet with I look at how they have successfully managed difficult situations in the past and how those strengths can be applied to their current situation.
I help teens to look inward and be honest about what they value and what their priorities are. It is extremely empowering for teens to be asked to reflect on what matters deeply to them as individuals-- to be asked to separate out what the various adults in their lives have told them they should value or prioritize-- and to look inward for their own voice.
Visualize How Things Can Be Different
Whether it be coping with stress in healthier ways, building stronger friendships, or approaching life with more confidence, I ask my teenage clients to focus on the life they would like to have and then I partner with them to work on identifying and developing strategies for helping to make that happen.
Empower Them to Make Changes
I work to provide my teen clients with guidance, strategies and skills to help them to make the changes they have identified wanting to make. I offer them a safe place to share their hopes and dreams for the future, to plan and try new things, and most importantly a safe place to share their feelings of disappointment and frustration as well as to be open about the struggles they face when there are obstacles or setbacks.