It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~E. E. Cummings.
Adolescence and the teenage years are some of the most significant and formative years in a person’s life. It’s a time for building character and discovering who you are in relation to others and the world around you. This often requires individuation from your parents, and a process of fitting into your social group while also differentiating yourself in the world. This transition can often bring up new or exacerbate already existing conflicts in families, while youth and parents struggle to navigate new ways of relating, setting boundaries, developing trust and giving or taking on more responsibility.
In my sessions with young people I use the expressive arts, games, individualized tasks and interactions with nature and culture to communicate, build relationship, explore the self and provide opportunities to accomplish the needed tasks that this developmental phase requires.
In my work with youth individually, I hold a systems perspective that often includes the whole family. That usually means occasional consultation sessions as a family or with parents to help integrate and solidify the work being done on an individual bases.
Stay tuned for future youth groups and youth oriented public programs.
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly. ~ Stephen R. Covey
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, #113253