Family & Adolescent Therapy...

I support both parents and teens in learning how to navigate the turbulent times of adolescents. 

Being a teenager is hard and being the parent of a teenager is hard too. Teens are wanting more independence and freedom yet still need support from their parents. Parents are having to adjust the kind of support they share with their teen which can lead to a turbulant and tumultuous time for both adolescent and parents. Teens can become angry or depressed and even turn to substances, and self harming behaviors because for many reason. When teens act out it is a sign that something is happening within the family system. Teens often feel they are being singled out in the family and parents can become terrified at the ways in which their young ones act out.  Parents often feel hopeless, angry, anxious, worried, exhausted, and at whits end about trying to connect with their distancing child.  Therapy is a place for both parents and teens learn how to better respond to each others. Teens can  learn how to identify and speak to what is going on for them and learn how to communicate what is up for them in a healthy and mature way. Parents can learn how to show up for their teen as in a more regulated and connected way with strong and flexible boundaries that are needed for teens to bump into and test in order to grow into adulthood.  Helping both parents and teens understand their strengths and blind spots and learn how to better regulate self and each other leads to a more cohesive and functions family system.