Neuroscience reveals that the teen brain, while possessing extraordinary adaptability, is highly vulnerable to its environment. This can lead to severe challenges for both the teen and the family. In addition to my personal experience with raising three children, I have extensive training and experience working with this age group in both crisis and non-crisis situations. I collaborate with the teen in building a trusting environment where they feel safe to explore feelings and questions. When appropriate, parents can be part of the process through either parenting sessions or family therapy.
Family therapy doesn’t necessarily mean that the entire family must attend every session to be effective. I work with what best suits your unique family’s needs and goals; therefore, different combinations of the family may participate in each session. It is a collaborative process where, without taking sides, I will help family members identify how each is personally being affected and how their own behavior affects others. Your family will learn new ways of relating to each other, how to resolve conflicts, and how to open lines of communication; all of which promote lasting change.