Active/Scared/Growing up way too fast!
As you get ready for school in the morning, you take great care to make sure what you wear and how you fix your hair will not invite jokes and laughs from your classmates. You keep your head down in school to make sure you don't look the wrong person in the eye. You are embarrassed because you didn't know the answer in class. You are the only one of your friends who does not have a boyfriend or girlfriend. And to top it off, when you get home from school you can't seem to do anything right. People all around you (including yourself) are placing nearly impossible expectations on everything you do. You need help! But you are not alone. Teens actually thrive when they form a connection with someone who they feel safe talking to.
Depression & Anxiety
Peer & Family Relationships
Academic Stress & Transitions
Trauma or History of Trauma
Adolescents often need help with:
Adolescents are often looking to be heard and supported without judgment. All three of us have an uncanny ability to connect with adolescents in a way that makes them feel cared for and encourages them to talk openly. We also speak honestly to adolescents; they know that we are being real with them.
Debra has over 25 years experience working with adolescents in a variety of different settings. Her experience spans from providing school-based therapeutic services to counseling at residential treatment facilities, coaching, teaching and mentoring. She brings humor to her work with adolescents when appropriate. The genuine bond that is created between the adolescent and Debra allows for understanding, healing and growth.
The Kids Aren’t Alright
Imagine you are a senior in high school, your entire high school career, your entire life, is about to culminate in several important coming-of-age moments: Prom, Senior Prank, Graduation and Grad Night. Maybe high school was hard for you, you struggled to keep good grades, you made and lost important friendships, you accomplished things you didn’t think possible, you became a whole new person, and now, for better or for worse, it’s over. Now imagine those moments that are meant to provide closure, moments that are meant to usher you from one stage of your life to another... are gone. You don’t get to party with your friends at Prom, you don’t get to take your power back from school with a senior prank, your high school career doesn’t culminate as it has for generations past in that momentous moment you walk down the isle and get your diploma- ready to take on the world. And you don’t get to gather with friends to celebrate one of your life greatest achievements to date. Did you imagine it? Did you put yourself in their shoes? If you did, what you’re feeling is grief. Grief is not reserved for death, its an emotional, visceral response to loss. Teens have lost coming-of-age moments, rituals, they’ve lost the ability to celebrate becoming an adult, celebrate freedom and independence. We have these moments for a reason, for closure. They have a right to be upset. Validate the grief, don’t deny it, don’t invalidate it, don’t tell them it could be worse. This sucks. A lot. But they’re resilient enough to feel the depth of their grief and come out the other side. But only If feeling grief, loss and profound disappointment is allowed.