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Adolescent and teen counseling is quite different from traditional adult therapy. That’s because adolescents and teens are very sensitive beings who are passing through the intense developmental transition from childhood to adulthood. For many adolescents, this phase feels like a turbulent way station in which they’re neither child or adult, but some confusing creature that’s trapped in the in-between.
During this transitional time, what can seem like a minor shift to an adult, can feel like an overwhelming force that shakes them to the core. When doing adolescent and teen counseling I employ this awareness to pay respect to the powerful receptivity that can move them about like a ghost in the machine.
I take a non-oppositional, strengths-based approach with adolescents and teens (ages 11-19). I work to ally myself with my young clients by seeing from their viewpoints while focusing on their strengths and abilities. And I teach them coping skills, meditation, and simple mindfulness techniques that they can use for years to come.
Inevitably, when working with teens, I also work closely with their parents. I regularly check-in via phone and email with parents. As needed, I’ll invite parents in for individual coaching sessions or family sessions with their child.
Despite regular parental communication, my young clients need to have a high level of confidentiality in their sessions with me. If my young clients don’t believe they can trust me then our work is over before its even begun. It is of paramount importance that all my clients believe they can trust me. Because only then will they feel safe enough to disclose even the most difficult of deeds and emotional experiences.
If your child is struggling in and/or out of the home perhaps I can help.
Message me here to set up a free 30-minute consultation, either in person or online, to see if you and your child feel comfortable working with me.