My Approach to Helping
It's tough being a teen today...and even tougher being a parent of a teen.
As a concerned parent you may notice your teen grappling with depression, anxiety, bullying, and overwhelm. You want to help them but sometimes the words just don't come out right and you feel helpless.
As a therapist who specializes in working with teens, I get it and that's where I can help. Using progressive techniques, skill building, and even humor I can help your teen to build the tools they need for success.
I am also a nationally recognized expert on LGBT teens and the coming out process for both teens and their families. You can read a little bit more about this specialized work below.
Give me call today and together we can help get your teen back on track and enjoying life again!
More Info About My Practice
My practice is focused on uncovering strengths, building them up, and encouraging you to live the best life possible. This is accomplished by building an understanding of the reality of your life and then creating new, constructive goals and directions from which to embrace a future that is built on strength and personal awareness. This process offers you the opportunity to connect to your core strengths and experience life to the fullest.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
When a teen starts to realize that they are gay it can be a challenging moment in their life full of questions and confusion.
Is it safe to tell my parents?
Will my friends find out?
Will I get bullied at school?
How do I date?
As a teen therapist and counselor I specialize in working with teens and their families during the coming out process. I help your teen to find their way through this maze of confusion and emotional turmoil; assisting them to find out who they are, how this new aspect of their identity will effect their life, and learning how to live a full and productive life as a member of the LGBT community.
Coming out as gay is a very important moment for your teen and working with a counselor who specialize in working with gay teens can make the process easier and more open for your teenager and the entire family.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Choosing to go to therapy is not about being weak or flawed, it is actually about choosing strength and awareness. Therapy is a place to uncover the stories that have kept you from succeeding and then learn how to create the dreams and goals for the future you desire.
I look at therapy as going in for a tune up with a professional who has the training and skills to help me gain better focus. In my life I have used therapy to manage the feelings of ending a relationship, as a place to explore my feelings after having lost a loved one, and as an incubator to focus myself toward the dreams and goals that I envisioned for my future.
Having a place where you can talk over anything and not feel judged or shamed is one of the most amazing aspects of therapy. A good therapist will direct you toward a path of healing without holding judgement over your head.
In my therapy practice, you are the expert on your life, after all you have been there for most of it. I use my professional training as a means to explore that life in a positive and non-judgemental fashion so that you can move toward the life you desire.