Being an adolescent today comes with many challenges. It can be tough to parent today's adolescent too. I try my hardest to be team teen while still challenging...supporting, working toward middle ground, discovering...honoring.
It is important to note that while parents sometimes wishfully hope that a therapist can somehow "fix" their teen or their teen's problem, therapy seldom works in that manner. It is much more desirable and sustainable over time if the teen autonomously chooses to problem solve, themselves. Therapy serves as tool that can be used by teens to navigate and implement change; the tool cannot be forced into usage. When there is willingness, effort, good rapport, good timing, and healthy equipping, the tool is more likely to be used. Great consideration and varying strategy is employed to foster that use, but it is always the choice of the teen.
Teens are required to verbalize a desire and commitment to work with me in therapy, and to complete a writing assignment to move forward in therapy after the first session.
Adolescents permit me to anonymously capture some of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences here; may we all listen with a priority of understanding.