Adolescence is a time of discovery, rebellion, and growth. Mistakes (or learning experiences as I call it) are often made at this time, relationships with parents can distance, and friends can take precedent over everything. Issues such as peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens. Parents often have a hard time controlling and understanding their teens and teens have a hard time understanding their parents. Many times they want their independence and freedom but still need boundaries and rules. Parents can struggle with whether they should be their friend or their biggest enemy. All these things can cause hurt and confusion for both the adolescent and parents.
I work from the perspective that a young person coming into therapy needs to have the experience of being “heard” by an adult with whom they can feel aligned and trust. In counseling the adolescent is free to express their feelings of everything that they are going through at the time. They will have someone they can confide in regarding the issues between their friends, parents, and personal issues or questions they may have. Depending on each situation and the needs of each family the adolescent’s parents can be included.
I have extensive experience working with adolescents and their families and can help you and your family navigate this often challenging stage of development. Please call and schedule an initial consultation to learn how we can work together.