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Adolescent and FAmily Therapy

Adolescence is a critical time of growth, change and opportunity. Teenage minds and bodies are developing rapidly, and they begin to think more critically about themselves and the world around them. However, this transitional time can be stressful for teens and their families, and the pressures can feel challenging to manage.  

Psychotherapy is helpful for adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions and behavior.  Therapy can help a teenager understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives.  Adolescents sometimes need an adult outside of their family to talk about their thoughts and feelings.   I enjoy working with teens and strive to provide a respectful space to help them navigate the challenges of this developmental stage.

In addition to individual counseling, I provide regular and ongoing consultation with parents.  If indicated, I can also provide family therapy.  This treatment modality is focuses on helping families to function in more positive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education.

Adolescent psychotherapy for:

  • Anxiety 
  • Sadness and depression
  • Self esteem issues
  • Conflicts with peers
  • Family problems
  • School difficulties
  • Risky, unsafe behaviors
  • Body image concerns
  • Cutting 
  • Suicidal thoughts

Experience

  • Program Coordinator of the Adolescent Unit at Ross General Hospital
  • Family therapy in inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco teaching Child Psychopathology and Lifespan Development classes
  • Attending Psychologist on the Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Outpatient practice with adolescents and their parents
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