Working with teens and pre-teens is one of my passions.  In addition to anxiety and depression, I help teens who are struggling to fit in, feeling like they aren’t good enough at school or extra curricular activities, or who are having a hard time communicating with their parents.  My goal is to be someone who understands and supports teens through their struggles and helps them find ways to successfully navigate their challenges.  

When appropriate, I encourage teens to periodically allow their parents to join us in session to help improve communication and to give parents some insight into what their kids are struggling with, what we are working on, and how parents can provide support.

I know that being the parent of a teen can be a challenge.  You can feel shut out and frustrated by their decision making.  Therapy can be a great tool to help you and your teen reconnect and to help you both get a better understanding for the other.

I was listening to the radio the other day and a woman quoted an Afghan proverb that says “A river is made drop by drop”. I think we forget this sometimes and feel frustrated that big changes aren’t happening overnight. As long as we put our heads down and keep making little strides in the direction that we want to go, we can lift our gaze one day and see how far we’ve come.