Are you ready to pull your hair out yet? Parenting a teenager can feel like surfing a tsunami even without mental health concerns in the way! I will help you navigate the balance of supporting your teen as they suffer while also setting limits to help maintain stability in your home.

Anxious teens typically present with the following behaviors:

  • nervousness or worry without any specific reason
  • constant worry about insignificant/everyday events
  • difficulty focusing on events he/she used to enjoy, feeling jittery or distracted by worries
  • feeling overwhelmed with worry and reacting as if it’s the end of the world
  • sleep problems (with fallinTeen boy worriedg asleep or staying asleep)
  • your teen may also seem to be focused on being perfect (in school, sports, or other activities)

Depressed teens present with the following behaviors:

  • irritability, anger outbursts more often than not
  • sleep problems (too much sleep, lack of sleep, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep)
  • loneliness
  • hopelessness
  • thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • loss of interest in activities
  • poor school performance
  • difficulty focusing
  • changes in eating habits

We will work together to help foster peace in your home. It’s important that we collaborate to ensure I receive the full picture of your teen’s life, and so that you feel included in his/her treatment. We will not be working with your teen in a vacuum, thus I will need you on board to help change the dynamic in the home to allow for your teen to heal. I have been told I effect change gently and with humor in a way that makes progress seem less overwhelming. My experiences have led me to function calmly and in a comforting way even when the topic of discussion is something as overwhelming as suicide. I focus on grounding your family and diffusing arguments in a way that leads to productivity in a session, lessening any initial tension.