“Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.”
I work with teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, adjustment, grief-loss, perfectionism, social skills, relationship, self-esteem and identity.
Most teens are entering into physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual “growth spurt” in their lives. Or in other words: change. They try to fit into their peer group, adjust with physical growth, develop a new way of thinking, and explore emotions and identity in a rapidly changing world. With these big changes and challenges, they look for places to be accepted and respected.
Teen counseling can provide the space for their growth and process their struggles. I am here to listen and encourage them to explore and express their emotions and thoughts in communicative ways with self, parents and friends. When I work with teens, I use Experiential therapy, Play therapy, Narrative therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT). In Play therapy, I use games, art, sand tray so that teens can choose their favorite tools to express and process their feelings, thoughts and actions. I focus on teens’ strength as a resource while they are working on emotional and/or behavioral issues. I am empathetic and supportive but firm with safe limits. I encourage teens to communicate their emotions, and thoughts with their parents and friends. I also encourage parents to provide supportive environment and communicate with teens.
In Washington State, teens over the age of 13 are treated as adults in terms of confidentiality. It is up to the teen to determine what information (if any) will be shared with parents. I always cover this in the first session, however, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.