Many parents think, “Man, I just don’t GET my kids!” Guess what? Your kids often don’t “get” themselves, either. With all the changes they’re undergoing, both physiologically and socially, adolescents and teenagers may respond to people and situations in ways that they themselves do not understand and cannot control. Their emotions are often extreme and are often expressed through their behavior and in problematic relationships.
Our therapists are highly trained to look beneath the surface of difficult emotions, behaviors, and relationships to help adolescents as well as teenagers and their families to see themselves and their problems in a clearer light, and provide them with guidance, wisdom and understanding. We know how to carefully observe what an adolescent or teenager might be communicating non-verbally through their patterns of behavior.
The extensive training of our therapists also enables us to work with these very disturbing thoughts and to develop and sustain relationships with adolescents and teenagers to help them to make sense of their experience. Confused, frightened, hurt, angry or painful feelings can gradually be put into words rather than actions.
As a result, your adolescent or teenager can begin to express their emotions in less disturbed ways and start to return to the normal process of child development. Consequently, they are likely to feel less anxious, more able to learn and better equipped to sustain friendships.
Let’s face it, growing up in today’s world is really hard! Sometimes young people simply need a helping hand navigating social issues. At other times, they may need a trained, caring, yet impartial voice of reason. If you or your teenager/adolescent is at the point of needing support, please call! Your relationships are too important. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Aren’t you tired of being compared to the generations that came before or after you? Being judged and criticized for what you are or are not? Comparing, being compared, and never feeling like you are good enough. I’ll admit, I’m guilty of this too.
I grew up in a big, loud, and most of the time, chaotic Mexican family, I know what it’s like to be afraid to ask questions, to speak up, and to try to do things differently. Because if I did, I would be faced with the question from everyone, including myself of, “who do you think you are”?
As the oldest in my family I always cared deeply for everyone (it was my job), and I forgot about taking care of myself, sound familiar?
In our families, which often carries in to our adult lives, we often struggled to feel seen or heard, and are made to feel like your emotions don’t matter, or they are just plain misunderstood. Which ultimately leaves us feeling like we’re alone in this big and sometimes terrifying world. That s**t is hard!
As a human (who happens to be a therapist) I recognize that the world I grew up in was vastly different than those around me, however, the emotions are almost universal.
Wether you are an adolescent or an adult, you are probably experiencing significant changes and transitions in your life – and in case no one told you…Change is normal and you are not alone!
Through our work together I will support, empower, and walk with you as you navigate this big, scary, fun, messy, and beautiful world.