Therapy with Teens
If you are in middle or high school, life can be pretty tough. Academics can be hard, and sometimes there is a lot of pressure to succeed. Social pressure can be intense, and it may be hard to figure out just where you fit in. Maybe extracurricular activities such as sports, music, student government or theater are fun — but overwhelming. Therapy for a teen can be a wonderful chance to explore who you are, what you value, and where you are heading.Learning and attention to schoolwork may be a special challenge for you. Parents usually mean well, but sometimes they just don't understand.
Therapy for a teen can be a wonderful chance to explore who you are, what you value, and where you are heading. A concerned adult outside your family can be very helpful in gaining a better perspective about your worries, decisions, and questions. Involving parents might be helpful, and we can consider having family or parent sessions. Or, maybe you need a private place to sort things out. Whatever your needs, I will work with you to figure out the best way to help you become a happier kid.
Policies about Therapy with Minors
If you are under 14, I will always include your parent(s) by sharing general therapy themes. This will help them understand your needs, and how they can best help you at home.
If you are 14 or older, you have the right to confidential counseling in Pennsylvania. Often, it is still best to include parent(s) by helping them understand your concerns and how they can be helpful to you. We will talk this over, and with your permission, I will share general themes of therapy with your parent(s).
Regardless of your age, I will of course let a parent know if I become very concerned about you — if you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, if you are being hurt by someone, or if you need more help than we can accomplish in therapy. If I need to share concerns with your parent, I will always let you know, and this will always be in order to facilitate whatever additional help you may need. Please be assured that I want to provide you with a private place to talk over your concerns. However, I need to maintain your safety as a first priority, so I will not keep any dangerous secrets.