Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counseling

The Challenges Adolescents Face

Adolescents are in a unique stage of development that often confuses and places enormous stress on the self, parents, and the family system.  As adolescents rapidly change in physical, emotional, and cognitive ways, they struggle to make sense of these overwhelming changes.

Teenagers are often presented with having to make many choices when they perhaps don’t have the maturity, experience, or tools to understand what is best for them.  Complex family dynamics, and school and social pressures can further burden the vulnerable adolescent, leading to symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, frustration, isolation, risky behaviors, and substance use.

How I Work with Teens

With teenagers, I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness, with immediate tools for effective change. Using a holistic approach, I collaborate closely with parents from a family systems and developmental perspective. I also collaborate closely with schools, pediatricians, and psychiatrists to enhance a team approach.

As a psychologist, my goal is to work closely with your teenager to provide support, education, coping skills, and to create a deeper understanding of the ‘emotional storm’ underlying their symptoms and behaviors.  I also work to serve as a bridge between parents and the adolescent, to enhance positive communication, open listening, and constructive ways to respond to each other.

I specialize in:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Loss 
  • School Difficulties/School Consultations
  • ADHD/Learning Difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • Family Conflict
  • Divorce
  • Developmental Issues
  • Adoption
  • Psychological and Psycho-educational Assessments

The Importance of Including Parents

In my work, it is critical to foster parents’ developmental understanding of their teenager’s ‘separation and individuation’ process, so that the launching of your child in to adulthood is a healthy, supportive, and productive one.

The opportunity to facilitate your adolescent’s development and to enhance your own understanding of trust, independence, and responsibilities can be a challenging, but very rewarding process.

I look forward to working closely with your adolescent and you as parents in overcoming the conflicts and confusion of this difficult developmental stage.  If you are located in the San Diego, California area,  please contact me to get started.