children adolescents therapy

Adolescent 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.

Our Approach To Children and Adolescent Therapy

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.