Teens benefit greatly from individual sessions; having their “own” space to process thoughts and feelings. I typically check-in with parents once per month to discuss progress or concerns. I believe in encouraging your teen to be responsible for their growth and to respect the parent-child relationship, so sometimes I may suggest that we all meet together to empower your teen to communicate directly with you, rather than through me.
For therapy to be effective, it is important your teen knows that I will not betray their confidence. Yet at the same time, parents have a right to know what is going on. I will work with you and your teen to agree upon parameters about what will and will not be shared. You will be notified of any safety concerns or significant issues right away.
Whether your teen is highly motivated for therapy or being forced to attend with palpable, silent protest, I welcome them and will meet them where they are. Once they are on board with therapy, the real work can begin.
As you know, the teenage years are complex. Just when you figure out how to deal with one area, another need appears. This means that therapy can have somewhat of a roller-coaster course. Sometimes the track is exactly how everyone presumed it would be and sometimes it takes an unexpected turn. My commitment is to ride it out with you and work as a team to address the underlying reason for your teen’s situation.
If you are wondering how to talk with your teen about therapy, I have provided a form (click here) that might be helpful to start a discussion. I also invite both you and your child to explore the activities and resources on my page designed specifically for teens and pre-teens.