My primary experience as a therapist has been with adolescents. I have worked in an intensive outpatient program as the primary adolescent therapist as well as with many teens in my private practice. Adolescence can be hard on the teen and his/her parents! I also have experienced this in my personal life—all seven of my children were teenagers at the same time! The best thing I did for my children and myself during that time was to get help. If you or your child feel at your “wits end,” I would love to help!
I use age appropriate interventions with adolescents. I am in the process of obtaining more intense training in Dialectical Behavior Training because I think it is such a good fit for adolescents. One focus of DBT is emotional regulation—a real need for teens in school, in their social relationships, and at home. In addition to DBT, I also use cognitive interventions, positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, and creative interventions such as art and sand tray activities. Although I work toward being skilled at therapeutic interventions, I also believe that adolescents sometimes need a listening ear and safe place to talk about their struggles. Irvin Yalom, father of group therapy said, “It’s the relationship that heals.”