Thank you for your interest in private psychotherapy services. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of Colorado (CO MFT.0001229). My private practice is conveniently located between Denver and Boulder in Louisville, Colorado. To inquire about availability and rates, please contact our offices.
Adolescent + Family Counseling
The transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood can create different emotions and conflicts within a family. The changes that result from puberty /adolescence can cause parents and tweens/teens to feel they are frequently engaged in battles and this can lead to unhappiness and detachment.
Adolescent counseling can help parents and teens effectively navigate this exciting and tumultuous stage in the family life cycle. Tweens and teens experience peer pressure, self esteem issues, bodily changes, sexuality, and emotions that they often do not understand. They are working on individuating and this can lead to parents feeling a loss of control if they perceive their teens pushing away or growing up too fast.
Adolescent counseling can involve only the teen or can be done in family therapy. In individual sessions, a young person meets with the counselor alone to discuss their concerns. They are encouraged to freely express their thoughts, feelings or concerns in a safe, comfortable atmosphere. It is very beneficial for the tween to teen to discuss their experiences with an objective professional. This process enables the teen to learn to compromise with parents, change negative behaviors, develop self-understanding and achieve personal growth.
Common reasons adolescents and their families come to counseling include:
- Breakdown in communication and connection and an increase in conflict
- Isolation and withdrawal from family life.
- Substanceuse and/or addiction
- School performance or avoidance (failure, drop in grades)
- Social and friendship concerns including bullying and/or struggles with peer relationships and peer pressure
- Anxiety, anger, fear, depression and other mood disorders
- Dating, sexuality and teen pregnancy
- Gender role and sexual identity questioning
- Body issues + self-harm behaviors including cutting and eating disorders
- Increased sadness and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Stress management
- Change in family dynamics or life transitions such as a new sibling, adoption, parent deployment,parent returning from deployment, separation, divorce, blended family, entering a new school or moving.
- Trauma and abuse
- Medical/physical illness
- Grief and loss