The teenage years exist at the border between childhood and adulthood. There are opportunities to develop independence and self-confidence, but there are also many pitfalls along the way.
Teens have to juggle family dynamics, academic pressure, and social approval. Along with raging emotions and hormones, it’s a lot to handle for a young person. Teens can understandably become secretive, aloof, angry, impulsive, anxious, or depressed.
Working with young adults
Young adults need to be respected and encouraged to explore their unique needs and strengths. At the same time, many of them feel extremely vulnerable and unsure of their identity. By creating a safe space for them to be themselves and share their uncertainties, I can help them gain confidence and happiness.
Finding help for a teen can be difficult, especially when there’s resistance from the teen’s end. It’s imperative for the teen to know that their voices will be heard and their privacy respected.
Working with teens under the age of 18, I am required by law to consult with parents if needed.
My task is to educate parents and teens about confidentiality and establish clear boundaries we all agree to. The goal is to create a safe place where the young adult can speak freely.
Therapy for teens
If you are a teen looking for someone outside your family to talk to, let your parents know.
If that’s uncomfortable or impossible, then tell an adult at your school. That may feel like a big leap for you to take, but remember that asking for help is a sign of courage any adult would respect.
Your safety and mental health matter. I will do my best to support and guide you through whatever it is that you’re battling with.
I look forward to hearing from you.
If you or your child is struggling with depression, anxiety, or other issues, reach out today to see how I can help. Call now to make an appointment in Sebastapol, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.Please share this post!