IS YOUR TEEN IN DISTRESS AND YOU FEEL POWERLESS TO HELP?
THE TRANSITION FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD CAN BE ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING. ADD STRUGGLING WITH ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, OR PAST TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES AND THIS TRANSITION CAN FEEL ALMOST UNBEARABLE.
I help my clients overcome these challenges while developing self- awareness, mastering positive coping skills, and learning to express themselves in a healthy way.
Talking with your teen can be challenging during this phase of life. I love helping parents and teens communicate and improve their relationship as part of their healing journey.
Preteens and adolescents may be skeptical of the counseling process. It can be difficult for them to open up due to fears of being misunderstood, judged, or criticized. I specialize in creating a safe, non-judgmental environment based on trust and respect where they can feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and struggles. I enjoy incorporating your teens interests (music, books, etc.) into the counseling process to make it more personal and applicable.
Hands-on activities, such as sandtray and expressive arts, can take the pressure off, reduce feelings of self-consciousness, and allow clients to express themselves more freely and openly. Expressive Arts Therapy uses art and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. Sandtray Therapy uses miniatures (people, animals, fantasy creatures, objects from nature, etc.) to create a picture in the sandtray that symbolizes topics that may be helpful to the therapeutic process. Research shows that sand tray activates both the right and left sides of the brain and can be a powerful tool for healing. Art and sandtray can allow teens and preteens to express thoughts, feelings, challenges, hopes, and other facets of their lives that they may find difficult to verbalize.
My ultimate goal is to reach your child where they are and help them (and you) through this difficult time in their lives.