Children, Teens, and Young Adults
Psychotherapy for Children, Teens and Young Adults
Youth today face challenges that are different from previous generations. The standards for “good enough” seem to get higher and harder every year, and goals parents have for their children may not correspond to the goals held by their teens and young adults. Feelings of self -doubt and anxiety can erode the self- esteem and self confidence needed to move forward. Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and autism spectrum challenges can add to the difficulties of growing
I have over 25 years of experience working with children, teens and young adults with developmental challenges. My experiences both as a Speech and Language Therapist and as a Marriage and Family Therapist have given me deep understanding of the effects these challenges can have on self- image, self confidence and relationships. Together, your child, teen or young adult and I will work together to challenge the negative self talk such as “I can’t” or “I’m not as smart/as good/ as capable as…” so that your child can reach his/her goals.
Anxiety, self –doubt, and depression can really undermine a child’s, teen’s or young adult’s well being. Mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution- focused therapy are powerful tools against the effects of these negative thoughts and feelings. Families are typically included in the therapy to support the individual. Together, the family team can successfully help their child, teen or young adult overcome the effects of self -doubt, depression and negativity.
Problems affecting children, teens and young adults often require a larger team approach. Sometimes medication can be helpful. Often times additional professionals such as tutors, life skills coaches, LD specialists are utilized to provide specialized support services. At Steps to Resilience, I maintain a growing and continually updated list of excellent providers of additional professional services.