As a parent you might be 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 work with teens ages 14-18. I help them to develop coping skills and problem solving strategies to improve social skills, self care, and relationships with family and peers. I help teens to understand and recognize the emotions that they may be feeling and decrease the feeling that their emotions are running their life. I help them to feel confident that they can cope with everyday challenges and live a life worth living.
I especially enjoy working with anxious teens who experience worry, social isolation, avoidance, and symptoms of anxiety that can lead to panic attacks, feelings of depression, suicidal ideation, or low self esteem. If appropriate, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT with teens too, as well as teaching skills from a component of another cognitive therapy called Dialectical Behavior Therapy to add to a teen’s coping skills toolbox.
The most common concerns I address in my practice are:
- Worry and anxiety
- Low self-esteem or lack of confidence
- Difficulty managing stress
- Difficulty with relationships (parents, siblings, friends)
- Inability to handle conflict and behavioral issues
- School refusal
- Trouble sleeping
- Self Harm
- Suicidal Ideation
- Panic attacks