Children & Teens

I specialize in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents.

I work with teens who are angry, withdrawn, depressed, oppositional, anxious, distracted, fighting, struggling in school, using drugs/alcohol, or are having trouble adjusting to a new life situation.

Does my child need counseling?

Some parents are unsure whether the problems their child is experiencing are serious enough for professional help. I offer parent consultations to determine whether therapy might be helpful.

What is a child session like?

With younger children, I always meet with the child and parent(s) at first. I may make recommendations, with follow up sessions scheduled.

How about with teens who don’t want to be there?

I welcome teens who want nothing to do with therapy, as this is often the case!

Most appreciate my balance of compassion with a direct, straightforward approach.

How do you help teens?

Working with teens requires a whole different skill set than working with adults.

I find that teens appreciate a therapist who isn’t so worried about getting the teen to like them, and instead focuses on trying to make the teen’s life more manageable.

So how does that look?

Teens are sick of hearing from therapists the hundred different iterations of “and how does that make you feel?” Although not in itself a bad question, teens usually have the answer to that question already written on their face.

I will create an encouraging environment for teens to feel safe enough to share what they’re thinking and feeling, without forcing it or being inauthentic.

Usually this involves a warming up period of getting to know one another. Often times parent-child sessions are helpful in changing relationship patterns and helping you to hear one another better.

Contact me today

If you are feeling stuck and don’t know how to handle your teen, it may be a good time to request a consultation with a professional.

What if my child is refusing to come to counseling, or says he or she won’t say a word when in therapy?

Come anyway!

A crucial step in changing the status quo is by doing something different. Coming to therapy is just that. By attending a first session by yourself, you are sending a powerful message to your teen that you are committed to helping your family.

Extend a warm invitation to your teen to come with you. If he or she declines, there is a lot we can still do to help your family.  Once your child sees your commitment, he may change his mind, especially if he realizes important decisions about his life are being made without his input!

Often, teens who say they won’t talk soften up when they realize therapy isn’t about shame or blame, and that their opinions and thoughts will be respected and heard.

Please email or call me to set up a complimentary, 15-minute initial consultation.

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