sad girl rests her head on the table with parents arguing in the backgroundAdolescent maturation is a personal phase of development where children establish their own beliefs, values, and what they want to accomplish out of life. During early adolescence (ages 11-15), development usually centers around developing a new self-image due to physiological changes. Adolescents strive to loosen their ties to their parents and their emotions and intellectual capacities increase. During this time, risk-taking and experimenting with different ideas are developmentally anticipated. There can be conflict with parental figures over establishing his/her own set of values versus the set established by parents and other adult figures. As they reach late adolescence (ages range from 16 on), many begin to have a more stable sense of their identity and place in society. At this stage in life they may start feeling more psychologically integrated and often have a fairly consistent view of the outside world. However, this can still be a confusing time because although this milestone may begin to feel calmer, adulthood is yet to be experienced and explored.

In working with children and adolescents, I offer a safe environment in which my clients can be heard, acknowledged, listened to and have a venue to explore their feelings. In doing so, my clients can access more adaptive coping mechanisms, have more positive interactions, and flourish in later adolescents and toward adulthood. I am sensitive and respectful to this often challenging developmental phase of life, offering empathic listening and reflecting each of my client’s own inner strengths, capacities, and inspirations.