Adolescence is an important time for exploration, identity formation and building meaningful relationships. My approach to treatment makes room for the adolescent to be themselves and experience unconditional positive regard while being challenged to grow. I work to facilitate an experience where the adolescent can explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors and come to their own conclusions on what are healthy, adaptive and satisfying life experiences.
The transition to adulthood is not far away; learning how to take on the privilege of increased responsibility is often an area of focus. Similarly, so are self-esteem, expression of self, decision making, behavior change, overcoming harmful habits, and improving interpersonal connections. Periodic family sessions can also be helpful to address the adolescent's role in family relationships or to "troubleshoot" a specific issue.
With children and adolescents, I use a multifaceted approach that includes play therapy, role playing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family therapy. My most common focus areas are ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, behavioral problems at home and at school, and autism spectrum disorders. I believe that progress can be made in any situation and consider family therapy a critical component of working with young people.