Adolescence is notorious for being tumultuous for youngsters and their families. They face significant challenges from school and peers. Issues of independence can cause friction within the family system. It can be helpful for teens to speak with a trained professional to ease the transition into young adulthood. Teens often tell me that they find it helpful to speak with someone who is neither a family member nor a friend.
I am intensively trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) for teenagers. This form of therapy has been extensively studied and shown to been effective in the treatment of adolescent depression. DBT is also shown to help teens navigate strong emotional reactions. This therapy blends eastern ideas of mindfulness with western cognitive-behavioral strategies. If appropriate, DBT treatment can include a family component, where teens and their parents learn to engage in communication patterns that build positive parent-child relationships.