Throughout my career, I have fostered a specialization in teenage mental health. Adolescence can be a tenuous time filled with self-doubt, peer pressure, struggles for independence, academic pressures and the task of figuring out “who I want to be”.
Most teenagers benefit from the safe, non-judgmental environment of individual therapy. My success with teenagers is rooted in my ability to connect with youth in a meaningful way and provides me the avenue to help young adults navigate a myriad of issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, and family/social relationships.
Part of normal adolescent development is learning to function independently and make positive choices, which sometimes creates a shift in the parent/child relationship. Therapy can be a place for youth to talk about issues and emotions they otherwise may feel uncomfortable sharing with their parents. In therapy, adolescents learn ways to balance their newly gained independence while maintaining a meaningful connection with significant others in their life.