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
- test anxiety
- ADHD and executive functioning struggles
- self-harming behaviors
- grief and loss
- identity exploration
- life transitions (moves, family changes, college selection, etc.)