Adolescence is a difficult time. Teenagers are struggling with a lot of responsibility and new desires for independence and freedom. They no longer feel like kids, but they aren't quite adults yet either. This can lead to feeling misunderstood, angry, and trapped. Therapy can help teenagers find more constructive ways to communicate, improving the relationship to self and others, and lay a foundation of self-confidence needed as they transition into adulthood. I work with teens to build a relationship in which they feel feel valued, respected, and supported.
Some of the issues I work with include:
- academic pressure
- struggles with parents/siblings
- social pressures/ trying to "fit in"
- body image/self esteem
- substance use
- navigating new romantic relationships
- managing with the loss of someone close