My Approach to Helping
Welcome, I'm Jenn and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. If you are here today because your child or teen is struggling with ADHD, behavior problems, or something that is making school, home, or friendships more challenging then you would like, I would love to help. I have 15 years of clinical experience which, coupled with parenting my own three children in today's complex and fast-paced world, will allow me to offer you a unique professional and realistic perspective. I have extensive experience and training working with youth struggling with everything from ADHD, depression, anxiety, behavior problems, high-risk behavior, parenting conflict, learning disabilities, autism, and giftedness. I am passionate about partnering with families and struggling kids/teens to help them reclaim their best selves. When your children are having difficulties it can be incredibly difficult to watch them suffer emotionally, socially, and academically. Behavior issues in the home can also make family life more challenging. Please visit my website to learn more and see if we might be a good fit. Or just give me a call, I'd love to chat.
My approach is collaborative, client-centered, solution focused and guided by research backed and evidenced-based methodologies such as behavior modification, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness. I am compassionate about your journey, the struggle, the worry, the frustration, and the grief that you may feel.
My goal is not to keep you in therapy indefinitely but rather, to teach you to approach your child or teen's struggles with a compassionate and scientific mind. I would love to partner with you and your child or teen to move toward your future with hope and confidence.
More Info About My Practice
We all want to live life as our best selves, but what that means isn't always obvious. We get lost, we get stuck, and we struggle. You don't have to do it alone. Knowing when you need a Boost is true courage. Boost Counseling and Assessment group is the combined passion of three professionals/moms. We also live and are raising our families in beautiful North County. We appreciate the strengths our communities have to offer. We also appreciate the pressure. We have two therapists who offer counseling and coaching to children, families, teens, couples, and adults. We also have an educational psychologist who offers psychoeducational testing and academic assessments.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Spark to sparkle sums up my view of kids and teens with ADHD. These kids have that elusive something that embodies both their greatest struggles and their unique gifts. They can be spicy. Kids with ADHD often just have more; more energy, more passion, more opinions, more volume, more messes, and more motion. They can also have more time outs (sad faces, red bears, oops slips, etc.) more parent-teacher conferences, more friend issues, more tears, and more frustrated/exhausted parents. There is no magic cure for ADHD. The key to helping kids sparkle is in finding ways to harness their strengths and strategically implement effective tools to manage their difficulties.
ADHD in tweens and teens can look different from when they were younger. The biggest challenges now often center around school. The stakes feel higher in so many ways and the pressure can feel crushing. Managing complex assignments, homework, schedules, and even navigating social demands; can all draw up the very skills that are toughest for many teens with ADHD. This is where having a 'coach' can help a teen understand and own their specific set of skills and challenges in order to leverage their strengths to compensate where needed.