Adolescent therapy is very forward-oriented. Children are always in the process of becoming who they will be, so our goal is to develop a strong sense of self, emotional strength, good relationships and good communication.
The language of adolescent therapy is largely direct and honest. I use activity, vocal play, unstructured play, games, art and relationship to communicate with my young clients. Young adults can't always translate actions into words, or feelings into words, so it's important to utilize a variety of communication styles. These styles vary from individual-to-individual.
This is a busy world, and sometimes adolescents lose track of themselves. I create an environment that is free of criticism (perceived or real) and expectation. Once this trusting relationship is built with a client, their exploration of the true self can begin. The space and relationship are used to welcome, and demonstrate, growth and introspection.
Aside from the relief of symptoms, child therapy works on the following five goals:
● Build Self Esteem
● Help Improve Communication
● Stimulate Development
● Build an Emotional Repertoire
● Improve the Emotional Vocabulary.