"Adolescence is the border between childhood and adulthood. Like all borders, it's teeming with energy and fraught with danger."
Adolescence can be a turbulent and intense time for many. No longer children but not yet adults, adolescents struggle with issues of independence and self-identity, and the road to self-identity can be rather bumpy. In therapy, teens begin to understand why they feel the way they do and how to manage their intense emotions. Because adolescence is a time to learn how to become independent in preparation for adulthood, teens can expect a high level of confidentiality in their sessions.
Depending on the nature of the issues presented I feel that it is important, at times, to involve the parents provided that the teenager is willing. This helps reestablish a connection that may have been weakened. I work with adolescents 14 and over who have trouble with: