I have over 15 years experience working with adolescents with anxiety, trauma, self-injury and depression. Adolescence is a time of transition when teens begin to become more independent. It can be a time of change, stress and growth for both the adolescent and the parent-child relationship. Adolescents begin to challenge their parents, spend more time with friends and test limits and rules as they separate physically and emotionally from their families.
Therapy can help adolescents with identity development, prioritizing interests and goals, building self-esteem, making better choices, developing healthy coping skills and regulating emotions. Therapy may consist of individual therapy and/or family therapy. In every situation, the unique needs of the adolescent and their family are assessed.