“All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.”
– Asa Don Brown
The teen years are a crucial a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. The developmental task of the teen years is self-discovery and answering the question, “who am I?,” as they move more fully into their unique expression in adulthood. The biggest task before them is learning to connect to themselves and their truth from a secure and grounded place. When that isn’t happening, loved ones often see teens struggling with behaviors and moods that seem challenging to manage.
There are natural challenges of moving between the world of child and adult, and then there are the additional pressures of our world and advertising and social media that add even more pressure to the mix. Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, eating struggles, negative body image, low self-esteem, and a variety of other issues are common in these transition years.
In my work with teens, we collaborate to find the tools that work to manage the challenges that may be unchangeable in their lives. I blend talk therapy, creative arts, sand tray, and skills training (DBT and ACT). We work together to find the way to a well grounded sense of self. It is from this place that teens are able to more gracefully manage the challenges of their transitional years and become empowered young adults.