Ten Questions to ask your Teen's Therapist:
When your teen is struggling it can feel overwhelming to find a therapist who is a good fit. It is important to interview or speak with more than one therapist before deciding on the right person to work with your teen. Often allowing the teen to play a part in the decision process helps them to "buy in" to the idea of therapy. Before choosing a therapist for your teen, I recommend asking them these ten questions:
- What is your specialty area? Do you specialize in working with teens and young adults?
- How much or how little communication can I expect from you? Do you provide updates? If so, how often are these updates and are they by phone or email?
- What is your therapeutic orientation or therapeutic style? Can you tell me a little bit about this and how it relates to some of the issues my child is facing?
- What would you do in case of an emergency? Would you notify me?
- What would you do if my child told you they were drinking or using drugs? At what point would you communicate this to me?
- How often do clients come to see you? How long do most clients see you?
- How much communication do you have with my child's circle of care (school counselor, doctor, etc.)?
- Are you passionate about your work with teens?
- What are your fees? What happens if I have to cancel?
- When and how do we know therapy is coming to an end?
Sometimes finding time for self care is a challenge. I recently created this self care schedule to help my clients and friends carve out time for themselves.
Starting in February 2017, I will be running a twice monthly process group for prelicensed mental health professionals. If you, or someone you know is interested please call 310.717.7889 for more information.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a planner. I am the type of human who gets twisted pleasure out of checking items off of my to do list. Thus, it's only fitting I am also a huge fan of New Year resolutions. For "to do list junkies," New Years resolutions are the holy grail of task driven achievement...
As a therapist who works specifically with teens and young adults, I have the honor of walking alongside mothers and daughters every day. I am privileged to sit with mothers and their daughters as they go through addictions, divorces, teenage growing pains, mini battles over iPhone use, moves to college, and other major life transitions...
Teens often come to me when they are worried that one of their friends is abusing drugs or alcohol. Many of my clients feel conflicted about whether or not to tell their parents because saying, “I don’t want to get them in trouble.”
Parents often come to my office and declare, “I am losing the battle of the iPhone,” or, “I have no idea how to parent my teen around social media and the Internet,” or “No matter what I do my teenager won’t look up from their smartphone!”
Coping skills help teens work through challenging emotions, feelings, or situations. However, sometimes it can be difficult to think of coping skills in the moment. Here is a list of 50 coping skills that I often share with my teen clients...
Clients often come into my office looking for positive coping skills for overcoming self-harm. One creative coping skill that I often suggest is...