As a parent and a former junior high school teacher, I have first hand
experience with the concerns and challenges often faced by teens and their
The landscape of adolescence is continually changing, both internally
and externally and many young people need help in navigating that landscape.
I have a special interest in helping teens and have consistently focused
on these issues throughout my professional career.
I typically work with teens on a one-to-one basis. My approach is to
conduct a first session with parents and the teen to clarify expectations,
rules of confidentiality and to determine if the teen is ready to begin
individual work. My approach is to serve not as a friend, but as an outside
observer. I make clear my respect for each teen I work with and my role
is to make every effort to advocate on their behalf and to help them speak
their own truth. I create a safe space where teens can develop trust and
begin to talk.
My clinical expertise includes issues of adjustment, motivation, depression,
acting out, ADD/ADHD, substance abuse/dependency and the tragedy of suicide
and homicide. I am familiar with the challenges of single-parenting, blended
families, parental limit setting, self-care and fostering personal responsibility
and respect among family members.
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