My goal is to meet every child and family where they are at to effectively address behaviors and mental health concerns. I work collaboratively with schools and doctors when needed. I provide individual therapy for teens, family therapy and parent coaching.
Adolescent Emotional Regulation Group. Great for teens 13-19 years old. In North Seattle. No current group, please check back later.
Group will be 8 weeks with the option to add weeks if teens need or want more sessions. We will use Sheri Van Dijks workbook, Don't Let Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, that is DBT informed. I created and ran this group while at Group Health with great outcomes. It's a great group for teens with mood disorders, impulsive behaviors including self harm, eating problems, anger, and substance abuse. It is especially helpful for teens with anxiety and social anxiety, school avoidance and truancy. Parents can also look over the workbooks to learn more about the skills in group to increase understanding and support. Optional parent coaching sessions, no teen consent or participation needed), as well as family sessions (teen consent needed.)
Teens Are you struggling with anxiety keeping you up at night? Are you fighting with your parents and feeling frustrated? Do you feel hopeless or worthless? Have you been a victim of bullying or sexual abuse? Are you feeling overwhelmed with school, falling behind, or having difficulty concentrating? Are you obsessing over your body, eating, worries, or other areas? Is it difficult to get to school and/or stay at school? Are you questioning your identity? Have you thought about being better off dead or hurting yourself?
If you answered yes to any one of these questions, therapy may be a good choice where you can feel supported in a nonjudgmental setting that is confidential. While you do not need your parents consent or support to attend therapy, it may be a good idea to help with insurance and transportation. If you are worried about how your parents might react to you asking for counseling, that's where I can help alleviate their anxieties and set boundaries for you to get your needs met. With your consent, your parents or teachers can be incorporated into strategies, because let's face it, you are not acting in isolation. These days there's so much on your plate and my goal is to help you feel more confident with yourself, friends, family and school.
Parent(s) Has your child's eating, sleeping, or self care changed" Is your teen more withdrawn than normal? Is it a struggle to get your teen to school or do homework? Are you arguing and having a difficult time problem solving? Does your family have a history of mental health or substance use concerns? Have there been any significant life changes, such as parental separation, loss of close friends, changes in school, etc? Has your teen been a victim of bullying or sexual abuse? Is your ten obsessive and perfectionistic? Has your teen spoken about being better off dead or hurting themselves?
If you answered yes to any of these questions or you suspect any one of these could be true for your teen, therapy may be a good choice where a therapist can explore possible concerns. Please know, providers are required to disclose any serious concerns for suicidal or homicidal planning or thinking as well as child abuse. Oftentimes, your teen needs a neutral place to explore underlying concerns and providing access to these supports is something you can do even if your teen doesn't want your support. Through my work, I typically have parents participate in some manner as I collaborate with the teen to get their needs met.