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Adolescents and teens are very sensitive beings who are passing through the intense developmental transition from childhood to adulthood. For many kids, this phase can feel 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 difficult phase, what can seem like a minor shift to an adult, can feel like an overwhelming force that shakes them to the core. When working with adolescents 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). This means I work to ally myself with my young clients by seeing from their viewpoints, focusing on their abilities, teaching them coping skills, meditation, and simple mindfulness techniques that they can use for years to come.
Inevitably when working with kids I also work closely with their parents. I regularly check-in via phone and email, and sometimes I’ll even invite parents in for individual sessions or sessions with their child.
However, one stipulation I always put forth at the beginning of our work together is the need for my young clients 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 my clients of all ages know they can trust me and feel safe 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.