Do you feel lost and confused when it comes to understanding your teen’s mental health?
Firefly Wellness Counseling is a place where your teen can get the support they need and you can get the answers you need.
*** After school/evening spots are currently full. Please check out my colleague, Varayna Cordell at Clarity Counseling and Wellness, for availability. ***
Who do you help?
I work with teenagers who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression. This may manifest in many different ways. Anxiety might look like frequent stomach aches or seeming to always be “on edge.” Anxiety might lead to avoidant behavior in school and at home. Depression in teenagers can sometimes look like the classic symptoms of locking themselves in their room and seeming “down” and irritable. But, it can also be a lot more subtle. Sometimes depression manifests as a sudden lack of interest in things they used to enjoy, like sports or spending time with friends. It might look like having a hard time sleeping or not getting enough sleep. Even changes in eating can be a symptom of depression. Sometimes these are just normal, teen behaviors, but if you feel like it is impacting their life and ability to enjoy life, then it is time to get more support.
How does therapy help?
First, meeting with a therapist is a good way to assess the problem and find out if therapy is appropriate or if something else might be more appropriate. It’s helpful to talk things through with a professional to get a better sense of your teen’s needs. Therapy is a place where your teen can feel safe and comfortable. Therapy can help them put words to their emotions and develop healthier ways to express and communicate those emotions. Therapy can also help them learn skills to build their self-esteem and manage their emotions. It is also a place where parents can learn more about ways to support their child.
What about confidentiality if my teen is a minor?
A good therapeutic relationship is built on trust. It is very important to me that my client’s are able to trust me and know that I will keep their information private and not share it with their parents. I will always inform parents if there is any type of behavior or situation that puts your teen at serious risk. I otherwise ask parents to refrain from requesting detailed information. If your teen knows they can trust me, therapy will be much more successful. I occasionally will have sessions with parents and teens together if everyone is in agreement and if it feels that would be helpful. I also am happy to provide sessions to just parents that are psycho-educational and focused on steps they can take to support their teen without sharing personal information.
For more information on what therapy with me would look like, click here.
Check out my resources page for books, podcasts, and apps that can be helpful.