I have extensive experience working with challenging adolescents, and really enjoy helping them. Tweens and teens benefit greatly from the opportunity to connect with a warm, genuine, non-judgmental adult. Expressing interest in their viewpoints, providing a safe place to express their concerns, and helping them to clarify their goals for the future set the stage for them to develop insight, improve self-esteem and improve decision-making capabilities. When parents join in the process, it’s magical!
Unfortunately, adolescents may experience trauma in their lives. For adolescents needing trauma treatment, I provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based therapy shown to decrease the effects of trauma on children and adolescents.