I help kids, teens, emerging adults, & their families navigate the challenges that are faced during different life stages.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester, MI
Most teens enter therapy because an authority figure told them they must do so. This presents unique challenges to building rapport and trust that is instrumental in discovering insight and creating change. My approach to working with teens centers on creating an egalitarian, trusting relationship, where the therapist does not 'talk down', but rather ensures confidentiality and mutual respect.
Preteens, or those children who are age 9 - 11, are in a unique stage of life where they are no longer children, but are not at the stage where they are comfortable sitting across from an adult for a traditional therapy session. I work to tailor my approach to your child's unique communication abilities.
The transition to adulthood can be especially difficult and challenging. The rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes often characterizing this period of your life may be overwhelming. I am here to help you work on understanding who you are becoming, determine your dreams and life goals, and discover how you can turn those goals into reality.
I work to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust and mutual respect, with the recognition that you are not a problem to be solved, but a person to be understood. By creating a non-judgmental, empathetic atmosphere where you feel safe, you are able to express yourself freely and feel empowered to make healthy decisions for yourself.
I understand that you face your own set of unique challenges. Therefore, I work with an integrative approach, tailoring my treatment to your individual needs.
Many individuals want concrete steps they can take to make changes in their lives. By using Cognitive Behavioral techniques, I can assist you in making change.