If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably going through a hard time. I think it is awesome that you’re here…it shows that you WANT to get better. You may be having a hard time in school or at home. Maybe you’re having trouble with your friends, parents, family members, or teachers. Whatever it is, it sounds like you could benefit from talking about your feelings.
What is Therapy?
Have you ever been in therapy or know of someone who has been in therapy? If you have, that’s awesome! You may know what to expect. But if you haven’t been in therapy before I would like to describe what it’s like. First and foremost, therapy is all about YOU!
Therapy is a safe time and place to talk about everything that is affecting your life. It is a great opportunity to talk about times when you feel embarrassed, ashamed, angry, depressed, anxious or fearful. Therapy helps people feel more connected to themselves and others.
First, your parents or guardian will contact me and express their concerns. I will ask your parents questions about what you may be facing. I will ask questions so that I can make sure that we are a good fit and that I can help you and your family. During the first session, I usually like to meet with you and your family together. We’ll spend some time getting to know each other. We’ll talk about the stressful things going on in your life and what you want to get out of therapy. We’ll also talk about your strengths and what you would like to improve in your life. If you don’t want to answer any questions, that’s ok, but it may slow down the process of you getting better. We go at your pace…not mine.
Sessions are usually an hour long. You can talk about anything you want. The cool thing about therapy is that it is confidential. I can’t go out and tell people what we talk about. There will be times that your parents or guardian need to know what we talk about. In that case, you and I will work together to tell them something really important. These topics may include thoughts to harm yourself or others or if you have ever experienced any abuse.
Why Do My Parents Want Me to Go to Therapy?
When your parents suggest going to therapy, you can be sure that they love you very much and want the very best for you. They have noticed that you are struggling and they don’t know how to fix the problem. They might not even know what the problem is. So they are reaching out to someone who might be able to help you get through this difficult time. Some of my clients have told me that they are grateful that their parents brought them to therapy because it is their safe space to talk about uncomfortable topics.
Why Can't I Just Talk to My Friends?
Having close friends is a great thing. We need them. They help us through tough times, they make us laugh, and they help us feel important. However, there are times that our friends don’t know what to say or do especially when dealing with sadness, depression, anxiety, and anger. Sometimes, it may be hard to trust our friends with some of our experiences. We might even be afraid that they will judge us. This is when talking to a therapist may be more helpful than talking to your friends. It is a safe place to discuss everything going on in your life. You don’t have to worry about being judged when we meet. I’m on your side.
How Can I Help You?
I have a lot of experience helping teenagers with school issues like grades and improving interactions with teachers, classmates, and friends. I love helping teens and their families understand each other better and learn how to better handle conflict with peers and family members. I can also help teens learn how to express themselves in a healthier, more effective way.
Here’s the bottom line: We are a TEAM! And we’ll work together to help you feel better.