You’ve been worried about your teen for some time. You’re not getting along like the way you use to and that concerns you. My guess is one or more of these thoughts have gone through your head:
- My teen seems so stressed out and I try to help but I don’t know where to begin.
- My daughter’s always been anxious, but I feel like her worries are now beyond her control.
- My teen is supposed to be going to college soon, but her grades are dropping.
- I’m worried about my son’s self-esteem. He gets down on himself, saying “I’m stupid.” Or “I’m not good enough.”
- My daughter is having trouble dealing with the girls at school.
- My kid is on social media all the time and I feel like we’ve lost our connection.
- My daughter is so moody and she won’t open up to me about what’s bothering her.
You’ve tried a variety of approaches but nothing seems to work.
You’re thinking “Do I give her more space or push her to talk? Maybe I should give her more freedom? Or set more limits?”
I get it. You want a relationship with your teen minus the shutdowns, the attitude, the anger.
You want support in turning this relationship around.
Your teen needs you to set those limits, show your love, and give her guidance. She wants you in her life, she just has a hard way of showing it.
A new approach can make all the difference.
There is hope. I can help your teen learn how to:
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Increase self-control
- Develop coping skills to manage stress
- Promote healthy expression of emotion
- Cultivate empathy and respect for self and others
- Access strengths to enhance problem solving skills
Your teen is growing up and becoming independent. I will also provide you with targeted strategies that you can put into effect at home so you can start seeing some positive change. These strategies will support your continuing work on guiding your teen to making good decisions, as well as encouraging skills that will support your teen’s success as she transitions to young adulthood.
“My teen has been to therapy before and it didn’t work.”
Therapy with teens is difficult, and can be a long process to see results. It takes a therapist experienced in working with teenagers to work effectively with your teenager.
If your teen is treatment-resistant, I employ a variety of techniques to connect with your teen without it feeling like it’s a punishment. This way, your teen can start to focus on the things that trouble her and the potential solutions so life starts to feel better.
And if this is your teen’s first experience with therapy, that’s great too. For a first time experience, therapy can feel awkward or even intrusive. I can help support your teen so she can have a comfortable experience and change can start to happen.
You and your teen deserve to see progress. Let’s have a brief chat about how I can help.