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Services for Teens

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Teen Development Questions
  • Emotional Acting Out
  • Dating Confusion
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Anxiety from Perfectionism
  • Learning Insight                       
  •  Communication Skills
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Social Skills Building
  • ADD & Learning Issues
  • College Adjustment
  • Panic Attacks
  • Academic Concerns
  • Blended Families
  • Adjustment to Divorcing Parents
  • Cutting (self injury)
  • Substance Abuse, family member or teen
  • Abuse Concerns                            

Being a teen in today’s culture is not an easy task which means that parenting teens has also become more challenging. As a parent of a teen have you ever felt like you were in over your head and wondered when a problem is serious or was the behavior you are seeing from your teen just a “stage”? More and more that question gets blurred in the activity and the social minefield of teenage life.  That indeed can make parenting (the way you had imagined parenting) your teen a true mess. I would like to help.

Academic pressure, texting, IM, the Internet, more mobility, increased exposure to sexual material, alcohol, drugs, and more blended families all simply add to the chaos of time in life that was already pretty a decent challenge. There seems to be more bad news daily about the world teens are growing up in. The media markets more to teens now then ever before. On top of that most parents now are away from their extended families and have fewer helping resources to turn to when trouble strikes their teen’s life. It is not all bad news. Yes, teens are under stress, and yes it is a true challenge to parent them. But, they are also more open to help now than other generations and more savvy at knowing when to ask.

Or maybe your parenting relationship is fine but you feel like your teen could benefit from a place to gain more tools for their mental health tool kit. Perhaps they are overwhelmed with their first serious relationship (or maybe heartbreak) and a neutral party could help them better define their own boundaries. I strive to be compassionate, honest and direct with the people I am blessed to work with. And when appropriate,  I really try to use gentle humor to get through some moments when I think it will help or simply because sometimes the teen drama needs to be reflected back as not the end of the world but an opportunity to learn about themselves. 

I have worked with teens for over 20 years. And I LIKE teens! It can be a great stage of life. I tend to get along with teens; that allows me to get a look at the inner world of your teen and therefore help develop strategies specifically for what your child is going through. And because I run a small exclusive practice I can generally see a new client within 1 -7 days of our first telephone conversation (depending on your flexibility for scheduling). So there is less lag time between readiness and actual onset of services. In the rapid paced world of a teen readiness and motivation can mean everything to ensuring the best possible outcome.

 If the issues your teen is facing are bleeding over onto academic performance I can assist there also. I work collaboratively with local schools if that is indicated. I am familiar with the cultures at schools such as Nagel Junior High, Turpin High School, Anderson High School, Miami Valley Christian School, Loveland High School, Mc Nicholas High School, Cincinnati Country Day, Summit Country Day, St. Ursula Academy and The Seven Hills School to name a few. 

Even the best of families can still have times where an outside compassionate, neutral party could be useful. Maybe it is just to check in and make sure everything truly is on track, or because you just have this nagging feeling there is some detail you are missing. Let me help clarify what concerns you. From minor discomforts to full depressive episode everyone needs a hand now and then. 

 
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