As a former counselor in the public school system, I worked daily with teens who were struggling with living in the age of social media, somewhere between childhood and adulthood, and trying to make sense of things in what can feel like a world of “chaos.” Life for teens is about referencing the Internet, instead of the family for the “how to’s” in life. This very public forum can get in the way of building solid interpersonal skills and connecting with others at a more enriching level. Unfortunately, social media offers many negatives (and positives too), which can fuel an adolescent’s thoughts about self-harm, misinform about appropriate vs. inappropriate relationships, and developing their sense of who they are in this world. There is a lot at our fingertips these days, and unfortunately there is also a lot more anxiety and depression.
I provide an environment of empathy, non-judgment, and neutrality for any teen struggling with thoughts of harming themselves or feeling more isolated due to depression, anxiety and the pressures of growing up today. My goal is to help reduce self-harm, manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, help build a sense of who they are, and cultivate assertiveness for self-esteem and healthy boundaries. Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy founded by Marsha Linehan, some goals can be how to:
- Tolerate distress
- Regulate negative emotions
- Improve interpersonal skills
- And to build a tool box in which each person has their own unique coping skills for life
If your teen is struggling with any of these issues, I invite you to contact me to discuss how I can help.