Teens & Parents

You’re here because you’re losing sleep at night worrying about your teenager. You see signs that your child is struggling: spending more time in their bedroom; snapping more easily; sleeping more than usual; or showing less interest in things they normally enjoy. You’ve tried talking to your child about what you’re seeing, but you’re met with shrugs and utterances of “I’m fine.”

Let’s start by taking you off the hook for the fact your child is struggling right now.

It’s actually perfectly common for the teenage years to erupt in emotional chaos…even if you did everything “just right.” You are in great company of many other parents who have done their absolute best and are still in this exact same boat of finding a therapist to help your child.

As children grow into tweens and teens, they tend to pull away from their parents. They talk way more their friends on the phone than they do at the dinner table. You’re doing your best to keep up with all of the different social media apps that occupy so much of your child’s time so that you can relate – but you’re still feeling left out of your child’s world.

There are many factors that cause teens to develop anxiety and other mental health issues. Bullying, social media, academic pressure, and massive changes to daily life due to COVID-19 have led kids to feel stressed, anxious, and scared. Appropriate fears and worries have turned into big fears and unmanageable anxieties – even though you have tried your hardest to protect your child and help them feel safe.

Common struggles I hear about with the teens I work with:

Schoolwork and academic pressure

Behavioral and mood changes since the COVID-19 pandemic

Making decisions about the future

Panic attacks

Low self-esteem

Self-harm

Bullying or drama at school

Drama on social media

Social anxiety

Here’s how I can help:

I let kids know that I’ve heard just about every awkward, embarrassing, scary, or strange thought that a person can have, and that we can put it all on the table in here. When kids have the opportunity to get things off their chest with a neutral person who can normalize what they are feeling, it provides immense relief for them.

I know from the past decade working with kids that in order for me to help your child, therapy needs to feel like a comfortable conversation. A trusting relationship is essential for good work to happen. For this reason, you will find that I am intentionally laid back. I am not a “therapisty therapist” who stares at your child over a clipboard and asks them “how does that make you feel?” Weekly sessions often start with a review of what we’re watching on Netflix or TikTok.

I bring my genuine self to sessions so that an authentic bond can be created. Once this bond is there, the floodgates tend to open – and this is when we are able to do the work to help your child feel better.

In therapy, I work with teens and their families to learn skills to communicate better and feel better.

My primary focus is to work individually with your teen. I provide a space for them to say all of the hard things that have been bothering them; teach them skills to help them feel better; and ultimately, help them talk to you about how they feel so you can feel more included in their life.

It can be helpful to invite parents into sessions to support their teen’s work in therapy, or to work through any specific issues affecting the family as a whole.

Another part of my practice is working individually with parents seeking support in managing the stress of parenting a child with mental health needs. If your child already has a therapist, it can be helpful for parents to seek their own space to talk things through and receive coaching about different parenting strategies. I am happy to collaborate with other providers or therapists you work with.

To book your 15-minute consultation call, please fill out the form below.