What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of "teenager"? Many would probably say: angsty, emotional, rebellious, difficult. The word that comes to my mind when I think of teens is "identity". For all of you survivors of middle school and high school, we all know how critical these times are. Peers can be cruel as we try to discover who we are and try and fit into the social scene. But teens are some of the most resilient and wonderful people on the planet. Sometimes it is helpful to have somebody to walk alongside during these tough times discovering identity. Counseling can be a great way to explore your identity as a teen, have somebody understand you where you are at, and support you through painful and tough transitions in life.
Depression is rampant among the adolescent community. With life changes in the family and trying to fit in the social scene, feeling like things are crumbling around you can cause you to sink into depression. And then add school work to the pile! No wonder motivation goes out the door when it comes to school. I seek to help teens manage their depression and find new and creative ways to combat the troubles depression bring. It can feel exhausting to feel depressed, don't walk through this alone.
Anxiety and Social Anxiety
Social anxiety and general anxiety are also a huge theme among teenagers. Being faced with so many pressures everyday is exhausting and no wonder some teens feel anxious. "Will I be good enough? Am I pretty enough? Strong enough? Smart enough? What do those people think of me? How will I manage school and sports? What if I don't get into college?" When all of those questions flash through your head in a single moment, it is easy to feel scattered. Many react to these pressures by withdrawing, isolating themselves, and feeling paralyzed by anxiety. I want to help you or your teen find power over this anxiety. Anxiety should not be in charge of your life, you should be in charge of your life!