Recent news headlines and research studies paint a bleak picture of today’s kids and teens. Rates of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and suicide are at all-time highs. Many kids and teens feel an obligation to do everything perfect, and this perfectionism, leads to unhealthy amounts stress and pressure. Even in our super-connected, ultra-busy world, our young people feel lonelier than ever.
But these statistics only tell half of the story.
Today’s kids and teens are creative, tolerant, and compassionate. They’re also not bogged down by old stigmas of counseling and mental health problems. This puts them in a perfect spot for fully using all that therapy offers. I draw from these strengths to connect with the kids and teens who come to me for counseling. I love listening to their stories and getting to know them as unique individuals. Together, we explore the underlying causes of their distress and we develop a plan for how to make things better.
I tailor my sessions to fit each client. Sometimes we sit and talk. Other times, we make art, we journal, and we even watch YouTube videos. For elementary-aged kids, I utilize play therapy.
I can help your kid or teen:
- Learn ways to manage stress and anxiety.
- Overcome the belief that “I’m not (blank) enough.”
- Find relief from depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harming behavior.
- Heal from trauma.
- Develop a self-care plan for loneliness.
- Process issues with relationships, friendships, and online connections.
- Uncover the underlying reasons for behavioral and school problems, and learn new ways to approach these situations.
- Help young athletes and their families thrive in a super-competitive youth sports culture.
- Adjust to life transitions or changes in the family structure.