It’s tough being a teen nowadays. And it’s just as tough raising teens. According to the CDC, depression and anxiety have been increasing steadily in children and teenagers. Oftentimes, there seems to be a huge culture gap between teens and their parents because growing up today is so different from growing up 10, 20, and 30 years ago. One of my favorite things to do as a therapist is to help teens and parents “get” each other. Teens want to feel heard and supported, and parents want to know what to do to help their kids thrive. I have comprehensive training in providing treatment for teens who struggle with self-harm, suicidal thoughts, behavioral issues, school refusal, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and relationship conflict. Some services I provide are teen individual therapy, family therapy, parent coaching, and family skills training. Here are some topics that I have helped teens and their families.

– Get your parents and authority figures to listen and understand you 
– Know what to do when you’re feeling depressed, afraid, or overwhelmed 
– Find other ways to cope besides self-harm, substance abuse, or destructive actions
– Find and keep friends you like
– Like and accept yourself 
– Have a better relationship with parents and family
– Figure out and follow your values and purpose, even if it may differ from your parent’s 
– Get more freedom than your parents are allowing 
– Learn skills so you can be ready for college or moving out of your family’s home

– Improve your relationship with your teen so you can talk and understand each other
– Parent from a calm and wise place instead of reacting out of fear or anger to your teen 
– Help your teen cope with their emotions and thrive
– Be united with the other parent on how to respond to your teen
– Know what to do when your teen has behavioral issues, like school refusal, self-harm, or substance abuse 
– Teach your values to your teen while accepting them for who they are
– Figure out effective limits and consequences  
– Motivate your teen to have adult living skills and become more independent

If you are wanting me to help you on any of these topics, please contact me today for a consultation.