Adolescent’s / Youth
My practice supports children and adolescents between the ages of 11 and 19. Issues that I commonly encounter include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, suicide ideation, parent-teen conflict, peer relationships, and trauma.
My goal is to support youths in recognizing that they are worthy and important people.
My extensive experience of working with youths informs my ability to provide a safe space to help them identify and process their issues. I understand the importance of communicating in a non-threatening, relaxed, and supportive manner that helps them to feel safe in the therapeutic environment. It is important that children and adolescents feel heard and understood in an empathic environment of unconditional positive regard. As they discover their strengths and resiliency, they can face issues and move through a process of positive change.
More specifically, I often use talk therapy and other modalities such as art therapy (for those who prefer to express themselves best that way) to help them learn more about and understand themselves more deeply.
I also provide psycho-education (knowledge and skills), as this increases their hope for healing and a sense of empowerment and control — they can build self-confidence and create the change they want.