Coping, resilience, and good judgment are all important skills that a person learns early in life as a teenager and young adult. These skills help adolescents to achieve overall well-being and create a basis for positive mental health. During adolescence, particular mood changes will happen. However, about one in five adolescents have a mental health disorder, like depression or anxiety. Checking on growing children for warning signs and urging young people to be open about how they feel and accepting assistance is very important. By using effective treatments like psychotherapy, adolescent mental health can be at its best.
During adolescence, it is very important to make sure responsible habits are developed. This time of life is often a period where engaging in risky behaviors such as drinking and driving, unprotected sex, abusing drugs, and joining in harmful or destructive relationships, is much more likely. It is also very important that open conversations between the young adult, family, and psychologist start and continue throughout development. This can help to ensure that adolescents don’t get involved in those risky behaviors.
As always, I take an integrative approach to therapy. I use my current research, as well as experience and training, to determine the best treatment strategies for each of my clients. From psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, existential, cognitive, and behavioral approaches, many different techniques can prove to be the most effective. I believe that “you are the expert on you.” I also believe that people are always in a process of learning and growing. People have an innate ability to work toward creative solutions to life’s difficulties. I work to provide a space which is compassionate and open, where my clients do not feel judged, but deeply understood. My clients will be able to experiment with different ways of being and relating. I want to help my clients feel comfortable when providing feedback about what is helping them and what’s not.
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