Growing up is difficult, especially in our fast-paced, social media driven culture. Teenagers struggle to create a sense of self with experiments in independence and new experiences. Unfortunately, social pressure and thrill-seeking often override common sense. My goal is to help you through these challenging times so that your son or daughter can develop his or her individual identity while still remaining a part of your family as a whole. I treat teen problems including family relationships, conduct and behavior issues, anxiety and mood disorders.
The prevailing belief among all psychotherapists, including myself, is that teen issues are best addressed within the context of the family using a Systemic Family Therapy approach. It involves working with all members of the family rather than just the one who is experiencing the symptoms. This means that ideally you, as a parent, will be involved in the process and other family members may also participate in at least some of the sessions. Therapy with teenagers and families can be especially challenging. It is my role to collaborate with your family to create a safe, trusting environment. I will use my professional training, education, skills and personal experience to work toward that goal. However, in some circumstances, the Systemic approach may not be possible or appropriate. In these situations, parents may have more limited involvement and your teen may be treated with individual therapy.