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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 sense that parents might wonder what qualifies as "normal." I have spent a large portion of my career working specifically with teens/adolescents and their families around various issues. The most common concerns I address when working with teens are:

  • Low self-esteem/lack of confidence

  • Self doubt/concerns about self-image

  • Increased sadness

  • Lack of meanginful relationships

  • Isolation

  • Social Skills 

  • Stress management

  • Poor school performance

  • School avoidance/refusal (cutting class/refusing to attend school)

  • Behavioral problems (home or school)

  • Difficulty with relationships (parents, siblings, friends, extended family)

  • Self-harm behaviors (cutting etc.)

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Perfectionism

  • Substance use 

  • Gender identity and sexual orientation question

  • Parent separation/divorce

Does your teenager need therapy?

 How can you tell?

How will it help?

My Approach To Work With Teens and Parents

While teens come to see me to feel heard and supported, they also respond well to my particular approach. My approach to therapy with teens is about much more than just giving them a place to vent and someone to listen to them. I utilize a strengths-based and solution-focused approach in my work with teenagers which means that my work with teens is driven by helping them in identifying areas for change and then actively working with them towards bringing about that change. With each teen I work with my objectives are 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.

Encourage Self-Reflection

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.

Help Them To 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. 

Why Teens and Families Choose to Work With Me

Parents come to see me first and foremost for guidance that doesn't come laden with feelings of judgement and guilt. I offer parent coaching sessions in addition to individual and family therapy for teens. I have a great deal of experience with working with all different types of family compositions and I bring a unique sensitivity to this work in regards to the vast complexity and diversity of family values, constructs, traditions and philosophies on child rearing that exist. Additionally, as a former foster parent and current adoptive parent,

I believe I am uniquely suited to understanding the complexities and challenges of non-traditional and non-biologically based families. 

 

 

 

 

 

I have worked with every type of presenting behavior that teenagers have to offer and tailor my services to meet the needs of your child's specific issues; including doing in home sessions with your child or family when appropriate. Please contact me to discuss your particular circumstances.


Contact Information

Angela DeGiaimo, LCSW

36 Plaza Street East, Suite 1G

Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11238

*New Manhattan Location

347 5th Ave, Suite 703A

New York, NY 10016

(914) 719-7591

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