WHETHER YOU ARE PARENTING A TEENAGER OR YOU ARE THE TEENAGER, IT IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TIME.
TALKING TO A PROFESSIONAL CAN OFTEN INCREASE UNDERSTANDING AND EASE WHAT IS A COMPOLICATED TRANSITION FOR FAMILIES.
Being a teenager can be an extremely difficult time for parents as well as the teenager. It is a time when parents are continuing to enforce rules in the home that often coincide with a value system, and at the same time teenagers are attempting to individuate, find an identity, figure out their role in society, while attempting to meet the expectations and demands of school, teachers, coaches and parents; teenagers are attempting to do all this while hormone levels are drastically changing. Teen years are filled with anxiety and teenagers as well as parents are faced with difficult choices.
Adolescents may be dealing with past trauma’s, or confusion in the areas of gender roles, religion and ethnicity. Transitioning from an adolescent to an adult is very challenging and the support of a professional can often make the transition more bearable.
I have worked with some of the most difficult cases in Los Angeles and have years of experience of working with teenagers. I also have run parenting groups that have been helpful to parents in obtaining their desired goals. . Please call to set up an appointment for you and/or your teenager.
TEENAGERS OFTEN STRUGGLE with WHO they are, WHAT they want to be, and what ROLE they will play in society. All of these problems relate to a teenager beginning to think about CHOOSING A CAREER and finding DIRECTION in THEIR LIFE
One of the HEALTHIEST STEPS A TEENAGER CAN TAKE is to begin to understand their own personality and what CAREERS may match their PERSONALITY.
The MYERS BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR is one of the oldest and most successful test utilized in the psychology field. The test focuses on PERSONALITY STRENGHTS and how to best utilize them. The MBTI can be given to children 13 years of age or Older.
Victor Frankle focused on the importance of having PURPOSE and MEANING in our life. Taking this test with a Professional can be a great step to find direction and understand your purpose and meaning in life.
2 Sessions are needed to complete this process.
FIRST SESSION: a basic assessment occurs with exploration of interest and the test is administered.
SECOND SESSION: Results of the exam will be given along with feedback and identifying the top 10 careers that best fit your personality. This is an excellent time to explore opportunities to explore this careers often found in VOLUNTEERING in a similar field. Additional sessions are often recommended for continued support.
Parenting a teenager is not easy - it takes creativity, determination, and patience! It's a tough journey, but you don't have to take it alone.
Parenting a Teenager is one of the most challenging endeavors you will encounter as an adult. Remember, you raised this child and they know your buttons. It is a time when professional support can make the difference. I have worked with some of the most difficult teenagers in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego County. Therapy may increase your self awareness so you may set clear limits and healthy boundaries.
In today’s society, parenting can be challenging due to having to cover such topics as:
- PEER RELATIONSHIPS
- TEENS AND INTERNET
- VIOLENT BEHAVIOR
- GENDER IDENTIFICATION
- FAMILY ISSUES
- ADOLESCENT HEALTH
- LIFE SKILLS
- MENTAL HEALTH
- SELF DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR
Therapy Can Help:
10 Parenting Tips
- Understanding why teenagers behave the way they do and what motivates them
- How to successfully engage teenagers in conversation that will open the lines of communication
- How to help teens smoothly transition from a child to a young adult
- How to remain active in a teen's life - without being seen as obtrusive
- How to set limits and boundaries in a way that teenagers will accept them
- Be consistent
- Listen to Your Teenager
- Don't Punish with Anger
- Practice Adult to Adult relationship
- Character Counts - Don't accept All Behavior
- Use Reason Not Guilt
- Be a Friend, Not Always the Parent
- Focus on the Behavior not the Person -Shaming does Damage
- Be A Model – Supportive, Coach, Teacher and Reach out for Professional
- Allow Your Teenager to Take Responsibly –Fail or Succeed it is a Valuable
Lesson for the Teenager