Adolescence can be one of the most stressful times in the lives of a person and his or her parents.
I have years of experience working with adolescents listening to their concerns (and complaints), guiding them through the turmoil of these years and interacting with them in a respectful way that validates their emotions and guides them through better choices for their own benefit.
Of course, your teen’s involvement and willingness to work in therapy is crucial. Your son or daughter may be reluctant to come to therapy but, although there are no guarantees, it is possible that after a few sessions he or she might become engaged and, eventually, commit himself or herself to their own improvement.
During our treatment time there will be many individual sessions between me and the adolescent and many other sessions in which you as a parent (or parents) will be part of our treatment. There will be times in which I will work individually with the teen to coach them to regulate their behavior and there will be other times in which a “negotiation” with parents will be required.
To create the safest environment possible for your child’s growth I will ask you to respect the confidentiality of what your adolescent discusses in session with me. However I will make clear to your teenager that, if I am concerned about their safety in any way, I will involve you the parent or any other resources to assure he or she has the appropriate level of support or supervision.