Kids, Teens & Young Adults

Kids

All children experience some degree of worry, sadness, and anger; many will even experience a normal degree of rule breaking, sleep disturbance, or social conflict.  However, sometimes these emotions and behaviors begin to cause significant problems, negatively impacting their lives and disrupting the lives of those around them.  These issues may be further complicated in children also coping with developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention problems, a mood disorder, a history of abuse or other special needs that come with their own set of unique challenges.

Fantasy, art, and play often dominate a child’s world.  It is not only a window into their world but a way inside that world, a manner of communication, and a way to practice new ways of being in the world.  Using creative interventions, therapy with kids may include coping strategies, social skills, academic confidence, communication tools, problem-solving, developing mastery over emotions, decreasing impulsivity, and building resilience.

Individual work with children is typically combined with family therapy and/or parent support, so that parents may reinforce skills at home, develop tools and flexibility to effectively address novel situations, and strengthen the parent-child bond.

Teens

Teens are faced with dramatic changes, including biological, cognitive, and emotional transformations.  They are trying out new identities, asserting their independence with their parents, and preparing for adulthood.  The challenges teens face, and their responses to them, range in frequency, intensity, and severity and may include: self-esteem, sexuality, mood swings, rebellion, social issues, and academic stress, to name a few.  These issues may be further complicated in teens also coping with developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention problems, a history of abuse or other special needs that come with their own set of unique challenges.

Therapy with teens may include coping strategies, social skills, academic confidence, communication tools, problem-solving, developing mastery over emotions, decreasing impulsivity, and building resilience.

Individual work with teens is typically combined with family therapy and/or parent support, so that parents may reinforce skills at home, develop tools and flexibility to effectively address novel situations, and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

Young Adults

Young adulthood is an often overlooked stage of life when it comes to emotional and interpersonal well-being but a recent study shows that of all age groups, self-esteem is lowest among young adults.  Young adulthood is a time of uncertainty, transition, and instability.  Identities are still relatively unformed yet expectations of responsibility sky rocket.  Young adults may face the challenges of college stress, surmounting debts, family conflict, social isolation, sexual exploration, moving away from home, moving back home, time and task management difficulties, work stress or difficulties finding work, to name a few.

These issues may be further complicated in young adults also coping with developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention problems, a history of abuse or other special needs that come with their own set of unique challenges.  Awareness of social stigma and the expectation to navigate community resources may further add to feelings of uncertainty about one’s self.

Therapy with young adults may include decision-making, goal setting, establishing and refining identities, transitional support, life skills building, establishing links to supportive social and community resources, increasing organizational skills, developing mastery over emotions, coping strategies, social skills, academic confidence, and communication tools.