- Does your teen seem to have changed overnight?
- Are you worried about
your teen's friendship and relationship choices?
- Do you need help restoring peace to your
- Is the school reporting unexcused absences or other behavior or emotional concerns?
- Has your teen become involved with drugs, alcohol, or with the legal system?
- Does your
high achieving teen have difficulty handling academic or performance pressures?
- Has mood
changes gotten you worried about your teen?
Adolescence can be a tumultuous time of self-discovery for many teens.
A trained guide can make a huge difference in handling what may be facing you or your teen:
Performance pressures * Self-Harming Behaviors
* Relationships * Addiction & Experimentation
Difficulties * Preparation for College or Independence * New Responsibilities
Social Problems or Conflict * Anxiety * Depression &
Other Mood Disorders * Suicide * Loss of a Loved One
Trauma * Sexual Activity * Abuse * Violence
* ADD/ADHD * Family Conflict
Divorce or Separation
* Teen Pregnancy * Challenging to Step-Parent or Parent * Identity
Sleep Disturbances * Disabilities
* Coping with Stress
Therapy sessions may use many approaches to maximize your teen's involvement: Individual sessions, groups, or family sessions may all be helpful in unlocking your teen's potential for overcoming
personal difficulties. Your teen's strengths and gifts will be utilized, and he or she will receive homework tasks to
transfer therapy into the real world context. Art, play, sandwork, journal writing, and story writing may all be creative
outlets that maximize our work with your teen.
Strong parent or caregiver involvement
maximizes growth:E ffective work with your teen requires that Joni or Heather work
with you as a team member. As a caregiver or parent, you will find support during sessions and the knowledge you have
of your teen will be sought out and utilized to the fullest.
Strong collaboration with
other service providers maximizes effectiveness: Joni and Heather are both experienced
in schools, private and public day treatment, foster care, and with the courts and probation. With permission from caregivers,
communication can occur with any of the above providers, including psychiatrists and doctors, to maximize work with your teen.
Contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment for your teen:
Even if you simply have questions to determine if this is the right step for your teen, email us or give us a call.
You might be concerned your teen will refuse to attend sessions. We can assist you in this decision and even do work
with you that may benefit your teen or simply help you navigate this difficult time.
Joan Q. Palan, LCSW, LMFT Heather Malcolm, LCSW