My clients are successful because they are treated as a whole person, not as a symptom.
I focus on finding solutions that help teens acknowledge what they are going through and learn to implement tools for success. Whether they are exhibiting symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, or ADHD, I get to know the issues each client is dealing with. I examine their lifestyle as a whole, including their diet, sleep habits, screen time, and “me” time.
No two teens are alike, and there is no one-size-fits-all process for working with clients.
I offer individual psychotherapy utilizing a variety of techniques including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which helps combat stresses on the body and mind through mindfulness and being present in the moment. DBT empowers teens to develop their ability to handle painful emotions and regulate or change those emotions, as well as to improve their communication skills and the quality of their relationships.
Once we determine where a client is lacking, we look at what tools they can implement to make healthy changes. This may involve learning new coping skills, being more assertive, building self-confidence, and accepting failure as a natural part of growth.
When they leave my office, clients take with them a tool bag filled with the knowledge and skills they need to develop into successful adults – and deal with whomever and whatever life throws their way.
Supporting Your Teen: A Strategy Session for Parents
This two-hour session invites parents to explore issues affecting their family, including particular problems they may be having with one or more of their adolescent children. Taking an integrated, solution-focused approach, we work together to assess the underlying problems and help parents learn to communicate more effectively, handle difficult situations, and give their teens the support they need to thrive.