Teens often come into therapy when parents or teachers become concerned about mood and behaviors.
Sometimes issues arise from life situations and sometimes an underlying mental health condition may be present. I work with both the teen and the parents to identify the issues and develop strategies for healthier coping. I have a knack for building rapport and I utilize a variety of techniques to help adolescents open up and be receptive to change. When appropriate, and with the family’s endorsement, I work with school staff, pediatricians, and psychiatrists to coordinate care.
Typical adolescent issues may include:
- School Transitions: Middle School, High School, College
- Social Anxiety
- Somatic Symptoms (Stomach Aches, Headaches, and Sleep Difficulties Related to Stress/Anxiety)
- Test Anxiety
- Lack of Motivation/Procrastination
- Family Conflict
- Peer Pressure/Academic Pressure
- Communication Skills/Self-Advocacy
- Life Adjustments (Loss/Grief, Move, Divorce, Blending Families, Medical/Illness)