Adolescence is a time of profound change and increasing stress. The competitive realities of life can leave many teens and parents feeling there is no room for error, resulting in tremendous pressure (both internally and externally) to achieve and succeed socially, academically and in countless extracurriculars. Ideas and identity can be both more fluid and fixed, increasing the need for self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-care and interpersonal skills.
Teens often tell me that they live multiple lives- one with family, one with friends, one online and one when they are alone. It can be hard to navigate all their different settings while developing an integrated sense of self. This becomes even more challenging if they are experiencing anxiety, depression, problems with peers, grief, self-harming behaviors, mood swings and problems communicating with family. Having an independent and skilled clinician to unpack, process and learn to more skillfully respond to these challenges can be incredibly helpful.
I genuinely enjoy working with adolescents and have extensive experience supporting them on a variety of issues, including:
anxiety and depression
trauma or abuse history
problems with peers
ADHD and executive functioning struggles
grief and loss
identity exploration (I am an affirming therapist)
life transitions (moves, family changes, college selection, etc.)