Psychotherapy with Adolescents

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Adolescence is a rich and complicated developmental period full of so much challenge and promise. I work to help teens develop a more secure sense of themselves and of their place in the world and to help them achieve a more comfortable balance between their need for increased autonomy and their ongoing need for connection with parents and family members. Psychotherapy helps teens explore and meaningfully engage questions related to sexuality and identity, and establish a more reflective, thoughtful approach to making important decisions in their lives.

I meet with teens struggling with depression and anxiety, social difficulties, trauma, loss, or confusion about sex and sexuality. It is my hope to strike a sensitive balance between a teen’s need for privacy with meaningful and timely consultation with parents. It is also my intention to create a safe environment where a teen can feel known and heard, and where a teen may begin to develop greater understanding of themselves and a deeper appreciation for their feelings and the motivations behind their actions.

Teens may feel overwhelmed by academic and social pressures. They may suddenly find that their relationship with parents have become more volatile. Or they may not feel a sense of direction and purpose at the very time in their lives when parents and teachers are expecting them to know more about where they are going and what they want from life. Choices about college may be an especially challenging task to navigate for teens and their parents alike.

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