Adolescence is a time of profound change and increasing stress.The competitive realities of life can leave many teens and parents feeling there is no room for error, resulting in tremendous pressure (both internally and externally) to achieve and succeed socially, academically, and in countless extracurriculars. Ideas and identity can be both more fluid and fixed, increasing the need for self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-care, and interpersonal skills. Teens often tell me that they live multiple lives- one with family, one with friends, one online, and one when they are alone. It can be hard to navigate all their different settings while developing an integrated sense of self. This becomes even more challenging if they are experiencing anxiety, depression, problems with peers, grief, self-harming behaviors, mood swings, and problems communicating with family. Having an independent and skilled clinician to unpack, process, and learn to more skillfully respond to these challenges can be incredibly helpful.
I genuinely enjoy working with adolescents and have extensive experience supporting them on a variety of issues, including:
Parenting, whether very young children or teenagers launching into adulthood, is filled with intense joys and profound struggles. We desperately want to keep our children safe while being tasked with preparing them to be successful and independent adults. Frequently, we enter parenthood with a clear idea of how we will parent and then find that daily demands or the unique needs of a child make it difficult to parent in a way that feels authentic and positive. While I view parenting as a life-long relationship rather than a specific skill to be learned, that doesn't mean that we can't benefit from adopting new methods of connecting with and responding to our children.
Being a parent of two teens, and a long time group facilitator on Active Listening and Effective Communication, I partner with Parents in PSS (Parent Support Sessions) to explore ways to get reconnected or better connected with your teen.
Whether your problems are big or small, Clarity can assist in exploring the skills to help you and your family be happierSome problems you may identify with your teen are:
Any of the above problems can be challenging to resolve as a parent. Some Clarity Counselling options for you are:
Tools learned in one or more Parent Support Sessions are designed to be informative and focused so that tools can be applied immediately to your Parent-Teen relationship and/or family.
With Clarity, your family can have more peace and harmony.
Low Self-Esteem is known to cause Stress & Anxiety. Clarity can help with that.
Low self-esteem can show up in many ways: