Teens Therapy (from 16 years old)
In teens therapy, My main focus is working with individuals who struggle with medical issues. Medical issues can impact life at many levels. In some cases, there needs to be a temporary adjustment. In other cases, a complete lifestyle change. Regardless, it is a physical, emotional, and socio-behavioral challenge. It involves a change in self-image, lifestyle, future, and relationships with others.
Therapy focuses on getting to know the teen and helping him/her feel safe and secure in the therapeutic relationship. Teens therapy often involves developing new ways of coping with uncomfortable feelings, building self-confidence and self-esteem, and approaching problems in healthier ways. Therapy is individualized for your child/adolescent and family’s needs. Given my commitment to individualized treatment, strategies and tools may be tailored in a different format for your particular situation. I strive to provide quality services that are confidential, cost-effective, practical, and solution-oriented.
Individuals in this age group often feel misunderstood by others. I provide a safe environment for my patients to express themselves while also educating them about life issues and how to more effectively manage stress. My ultimate goal is to teach each youth to use his or her new “tools,” not only in the present but also in the future.
The overall goal of therapy is to provide effective, adaptive skills and strategies to help teens and families cope with emotions, stressors, and behaviors.
Problems addressed include:
- Adjustment to or management of chronic illnesses (asthma, diabetes, cancer) including – dealing with lifestyle change, medication management, pain management, responsibility and control, view of self and others.
- Adjustment issues, isolation due to COVID 19, academic pressure, dealing with bullies, social/emotional issues.
- Anxieties and fears
- Emotional and behavioral factors such as anger, defiance, or rule-breaking, interfering with school performance.
- Reactions to situations such as divorce, or re-marriage in the family.
- Reaction to events such as loss of significant people, or other traumatic events.
- Relationship and communication issues with parents and siblings.