Raising children today is harder than ever. Manuals are not provided which explain the complexities of growing up or parenting. Over the years, I’ve successfully worked with thousands of children/teens and their parents and enjoy helping with these difficult developmental stages.
In working with children and adolescents, it is crucial to collaborate with the parent(s) and work with family structure. Often times an acting-out child is lacking in coping skills to manage emotions such as frustration, anger, etc. Parents are the primary agents of change, so I work with parent to increase structure, routine and most of all, consistency. I work with parents to understand this difficult time and feel more confident navigating those tricky moments. This may mean learning to set firmer limits, knowing when to let go, or finding the right balance between the two. Sometimes a parent may just need a safe place to decompress, unload their stress, and get some support
Direct communication of feelings, especially to parents, is often an undeveloped skill in teens. When they experience uncomfortable emotions but are unable to express themselves, adolescents often will act out their feelings in unhealthy ways. Parents need tools and skills to manage behaviors and process feeling.
Direct communication of feelings, especially to parents, is often an undeveloped skill in teens
In my Austin, TX therapy practice, some of the issues I address with adolescents and their parents are:
- Poor Grades
- Communication Problems
- Defiance, disrespect and anger management
- Relationships with Parents or Siblings
- Oppositional Defiance