TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR PATH!
No one would argue that adolescence can be one of the most challenging times for both the adolescent as well as her/his family. Becoming a separate entity from a caregiver can be quite a daunting task. Adolescents in our culture often struggle with their identities as they try to figure out who they are as people, separate from their caregivers.
Very often adolescents come to treatment because they are moody, anxious, depressed, irritable, angry. They may be
- Experiencing difficulty navigating stressors associated with school
- Having trouble getting along with their peers
- Feeling Peer Pressure
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior ie. Drug/Alcohol use, cutting,
- Dealing with identity issues
- Being bullied
While your adolescent often needs limits setting, his/her individuality needs to be respected and honored. I enjoy the challenge of forming a genuinely trusting relationship with your adolescent in order to help guide him/her through what could be murky territory and on towards their young adulthood.