"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde
A Focus On All Aspects of A Teen's Life
A focus on discovering a true self
A focus on empathy, self reflection and self care
A focus on knowledge, skills and tools
Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth for the body, mind and soul. Between the ages of 12 and 24, not only do the lives of teens become more complicated academically, socially and emotionally -- but the brain also changes in significant ways. In order to understand adolescence, it is very helpful to understand what is happening in an adolescent's brain during this period, and how such development impacts a teen's life socially, emotionally, physically and behaviorally. Additionally, it is important to explore the multi-faceted areas of an adolescent's life and how their temperament, personality, abilities, parents, environment, school, media and friendships impact how they see themselves, the choices they make, their emotional life, challenges, success and relationships. While it is important to understand the many ways in which adolescence impacts who we become in the world, it can also be a very challenging time for adolescents, as well as their parents. Empowered with knowledge about themselves, their relationships and a greater understanding of how the brain functions best, teens in therapy and their parents will be learn to turn conflict into connection, set and maintain personal and family boundaries, make sense of their emotional and internal lives, and form a deeper understanding of themselves and those who surround them in their world.
Goals for adolescents include developing:
Positive Self-Images Confidence Kindness Purpose-Driven Lives Health and Well-Being Motivation to achieve goals Empathy Resilience Love Trustworthiness Self-Reflectiveness Responsibility Integrity
Areas of Treatment:
Depression Anxiety Body issues School challenges Eating disorders Social challenges/Social Anxiety Divorce Peer relations ADHD Parenting conflict Anger management Behavioral issues Grief Loss Abandonment Worries
What does it look like when an adolescent is struggling?
Marked change in school performance Inability to cope with problems Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits Frequent physical complaints Sexual promiscuity Prolonged negative mood and attitude Poor or excessive appetite beyond normal developmental growth Restrictive or binge eating Insomnia or difficulty sleeping Thoughts of death Recurrent nightmares Thoughts of causing harm to oneself or others Self destructive behavior and habits (smoking, alcohol or drug abuse) Frequent outbursts of anger, rage or aggression Threats to run away Aggressive or non-aggressive violation of the rights of others Opposition to authority, truancy, thefts or vandalism Strange thoughts, beliefs, feelings, or unusual behaviors Coming straight home after being out and going to bed or to the shower Significant peer or social group changes Identity challenges beyond normal developmental periods