I provide support for adolescents ages 14 and up. Being a teenager is one of the most challenging times in our life span. Emotional and physical changes are constant, friendships often change and conflicts emerge with your parents and siblings. I help teens who are struggling with:
Having a trusted adult outside of your family may feel more comfortable to talk with about these issues. I am here to help you figure out ways to have rewarding experiences during these years while you figure out who you are and who you want to become. Our sessions are confidential and we engage your family members as needed when you are ready to bring them into your world.
I believe that everyone has the ability to heal and grow. We all experience challenges and conflicts at some point in our lives--this does not mean you are a bad person. It just means you are human!
However, it can be hard to get unstuck by yourself. That’s where I come in. I can support you as you navigate through all of the change that comes along with being a teenager.
I recognize that it can be overwhelming, anxiety-provoking, and downright scary to talk with someone new about the challenges in your life--especially if this is your first time in therapy. Many of my clients find that my warm, interactive style helps them feel at ease.
You may have seen television shows or movies that depict a therapist sitting silently while the client lays down on a couch and talks. That might be how some therapists work, but not me! I’ll keep the conversation going. I ask questions, give feedback, and help you consider new ways of thinking.
Our therapy sessions are a safe place where you can share whatever you think or feel without fear of judgement. During our time together, you can just be yourself--even if you’re not exactly sure what that means for you as you explore your identity.
We can use our sessions to talk about whatever you’d like. We’ll also work together to set goals, whether that’s managing your anxiety and depression or building stronger relationships with the people in your life.
It’s also okay if you’re not entirely sure what you want to work on together. Sometimes things just feel difficult and overwhelming. I’m here to help you make sense of it all and support you no matter what you’re going through.
It is understandable that you would like to feel prepared about what to expect from therapy.
Any new experience can be anxiety-provoking, especially something as vulnerable as therapy.
With that being said, it’s difficult to say exactly what your experience will look like. Treatment is tailored to fit your unique situation, so it can look different from person to person.
Generally speaking, the first session (or first few sessions) are spent building our therapeutic relationship. I will ask questions to learn more about you and you can get a sense of whether or not we are a good fit for each other.
From here, we will set goals and figure out how to work toward them. Our time together will be spent on things like processing stressful events in your life, learning coping skills, and exploring new ways of thinking about situations.
The short answer? It depends.
Sometimes people feel better after a handful of sessions, and other people work with a therapist long-term, for months or even years. Most people fall somewhere in between.
There are many factors that can affect how long your treatment will be. It’s important to keep an open mind about the process and work with your therapist to make a plan that works for you.