Most parents we speak to feel stuck with their teen’s big feelings, because when they try to help problem solve they’re met with “you don’t get it!” or “that’s not gonna work!” It can feel like you’re just trying to keep your head from being bitten off.

You work hard to help her solve her problems. You listen for what’s making her upset, and you offer suggestions to make it better, but it doesn’t work! Your teen STILL doesn’t move on from her emotion!

You worry that if you can’t help your teen when he/she’s worried, there’s no way you can get through to your teen when you’re trying to teach or set a limit. If limit-setting is often met with angry blow ups or shut downs from your teen, this skills group is for you.

This Group Series Is For You If You Are…

  • Certain your sensitive teen feels BIG emotions compared to his/her peers
  • Feeling like you live with a mini Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, and have no idea who you’ll see at the dinner table each night
  • Struggling to avoid yelling and giving in, but are lost on how to set limits, and when to support your teen’s sensitivities so that your teen actually listens
  • Dreading spending time with your teen because you can’t seem to find the energy to solve one more TINY problem!

Parents Will Learn…

  • Practical strategies that can reduce blow ups to help you feel more connected to your teen and plans to implement this approach again and again, no matter the current behavior
  • What helps to feel capable and confident in your strategy to discipline your unique teen effectively without grounding them forever or threatening to take away their phones every day
  • How to help your teen solve their problems, without yelling or giving in
  • Calm-down strategies and negotiation strategies to use with/teach your teen, that won’t make them feel like you “never understand them” and they “never get what they want.”
  • Skills taught are informed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the evidenced-based treatment for adolescents with chronic risky behaviors.

Start Date: Tuesday, July 13th at 6:30 pm ONLINE 

Fee: Inquire within for current fees

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FAQ

  • My teen seems so sad and worried, I’m not sure this will be the right way to solve our problems. I think they are the ones who need someone to talk to, not me. 
    • The truth is, Highly Sensitive Teens make more rapid, lasting, and deeper changes in their behavior and expression of their feelings if their parents change their approach to parenting. Your logic is not completely off, non-highly sensitive children benefit less from changes in parenting strategies once they have developed emotional and behavior problems—they need to make changes in themselves to feel and act better. Research shows Highly Sensitive teens feel and act better when their parents change both the home environment and their communication style.
    • It is important for you to know that Highly Sensitive teens are often slow to warm up. (You probably already know that!) But this is no different in therapy. When we work together in individual therapy, we don’t dive right in with strategies, because your kiddo wouldn’t feel comfortable, and this would continue his/her perception that there’s something “wrong” with him/her that needs to be fixed. Building a relationship with teens takes time, which means we will discuss what you can expect regarding a timeline for progress.
  • Now’s not a great time for me. Will you offer the workshop again?
    • I know for certain it will be offered again, however, a timeline for the next offering has not been established. Consider your relationship with your teen and whether you can manage for several more months without direct support or new skills to change how you teach your teen and hold him/her accountable.
  • I cannot make some of the dates, is this for all 8 sessions?
    • Parents receive the lesson and assignment regardless of attendance, so yes, the workshop is set at a fee for the entire series.
    • Parents who miss a session have the opportunity to catch the next round’s missed lesson.
  • My spouse/co-parent can’t attend with me, will the strategies still work?
    • While we see faster success when both parents attend and are informed of the strategies and using them together, the lessons and materials are designed to share within the household to support success in the family. Sometimes one parent is only able to attend regularly, and the other parent can attend when they are able.
  • What are the logistics?
    • The group lasts 55 minutes, for 8 weeks
    • Groups will be provided online
    • Fee: Inquire within for current fees