Therapy with Teenagers
Problems often come up as teenagers try to figure out who they are and how to become independent adults. Sometimes, therapy or counseling is needed to help resolve these difficulties.
I enjoy working with teenagers, especially helping them work through trauma, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction, and grief.
My Approach to Therapy with Teenagers
When anyone in the family suffers, it affects the whole family. It is very painful to see your child, or anyone in your family, struggling with a difficult issue. With individual therapy, my approach is to involve the parents or guardians as much as possible, while still maintaining the confidentiality of the teen’s therapy. It is essential that teenagers have a sense of control and confidentiality in therapy.
I am collaborative and active in sessions. I provide a nonjudgmental and non-blaming atmosphere, which can help teenagers feel more comfortable discussing difficult issues.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can help teens work through past trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, and many other difficulties. EMDR is the approach that I use most often, because it works so well.
Sometimes, teenagers prefer to do only counseling or conventional talk therapy. Other times, teenagers find it easier to talk and work through issues while also doing artwork, sandtray, or some other activity. If desired, hypnosis or guided meditation can help teens feel calmer and more grounded.
For more information about me, please visit my therapy home page.
What Issues Bring Teenagers into Therapy?
Teenagers come to therapy for a variety of reasons, including the following goals:
Ending or reducing test anxiety or performance anxiety
Resolving shyness or social difficulties
Transitioning to high school
Transitioning to college/independence
With any person or any family, there are both strengths and difficulties. While it is important to acknowledge the areas of difficulty, it is equally important to look at a person’s strengths and build on those strengths.
Therapy License Information
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT or MFT) (formerly called Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor). LMFTs work with children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families. (Lic. # LMFT40414)
Therapy Office in Sunnyvale
My office is in Sunnyvale, California on Wolfe Rd., near El Camino Real (also close to Santa Clara, Cupertino, and Mountain View). Parking is easy; there is a large parking lot.
1021 S. Wolfe Rd., Suite 255
Sunnyvale, CA 94086