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Therapy for Adolescents and Teenagers 

Finding the right therapist for your adolescent or teenager can be tough. You want to find the the right person with the necessary skills to help your child who might be struggling. Finding someone who specializes in adolescents is key as the challenges faced by those aged 14-19 are unique and are not the same for adults. You also want to find someone who has genuine empathy for this vulnerable age group as they can be guarded toward the therapeutic process and require patience and understanding from the therapist.

As a family therapist at my core, working with adolescents and their families has been an integral part of my clinical background. I completed my traineeship at the Loma Linda Behavioral Medicine Center and spent the majority of my time working with adolescents in the intensive outpatient program.

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I have experience working with self harm, suicidal thoughts, body image issues, bullying, depression, troubled peer relationships, among many other issues often faced by teenagers. I also have specialized training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) which is an evidence-based model for borderline personality disorder and other mood issues. 

Working with me means I will take time to build a relationship with your child and also with you. I bring a family-focused perspective on adolescents and regularly seek the consultation and collaboration of parents and caregivers in order to insure your adolescent is receiving the best care possible. If I feel I am not the right fit for you, I will let you know and will work with you to find another therapist who might be better suited for you and your family.

 
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Therapy for Families

Often, a person's problems or "symptoms" are interrelated with the relationships they have in their family. The goal of family therapy is to access the underlying issue(s) and family processes that are contributing to the problem. I am passionate about family therapy, not only because it was at the heart of my clinical training, but because I find working with families exceptionally rewarding. My personal philosophy holds that our family relationships are often the most intimate and important relationships we experience in our lifetime but they can also be a source of pain and conflict. I work with clients to help them resolve family discord and grow a foundation for more satisfying relationships. Benefits of having several family members in treatment can be longer-lasting change and more swift results.  Exploring one's own family of origin and its nuanced beliefs, patterns, and values, can also aid in personal and emotional growth; this work, often called "family of origin work" is one of my specialities.

 

I have extensive experience helping families in crisis and in working with adolescents. My approach to family therapy integrates Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Bowen Family Systems, and Structural Family Therapy (SFT).

Potential issues covered in family therapy may include:

  • Adoption
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Blended families
  • Children/adolescent behavioral problems
  • Chronic illness or major medical condition
  • Divorce and Co-parenting
  • Death of a loved one
  • Parenting issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse