Raising a teenager is one of the toughest jobs you will ever have. Being a teenager right now is also one of the toughest things to be going through. First and foremost, know that you are not alone and know you are not the only one who has ever struggled with this. With this said, it is possible to get through and to get through it alive and well. Sometimes, we just need a little help, especially, from an outside perspective where all the emotions aren't in the way.
I am a social worker with over 20 years of experience doing just that. I have worked with clients from infant (support to parents) to geriatrics, but most of my work has been with adolescents and their families. I do believe that you can't work with a teenager without working with the family. I recognize you are the expert of your family, but sometimes as I said above we need some different perspective, it is not my job to tell you how to live or how to parent your child, but it is my desire that all teens and families will end treatment with a few tools in their toolbox to better manage whatever circumstances may come their way. I find that the majority of the time communication is the fundamental break down. I am a down to Earth person and use a lot of analogies and education with clients when discussing ideas that may be new to them, so they can find the language to understand something or a skill to change the things that are not working for them any longer. The teens often need this form themselves, and for families this is building a common language of expectations, boundaries, and understanding of each other. Then you can take these ideas with you to use in the future. I love helping clients find out more about themselves through conversation and discussions that focus on moving forward while understanding how they got where they are today.
I often use a solution focused approach along with rational-emotive behavioral therapy. But switch it up based on the client/family and their goals and needs. Together with you the goals will be set and reassessed consistently to make sure that what is being addressed is meeting their needs and assisting you towards ongoing wellness.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
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Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #149.017717 (Expires: 2023-11-30)
I have only met with her one time but feel like she already has good insight into our needs.
Lisa is just what I need in a therapist… kind, straightforward, and honest. She helps me to reframe my thinking to better manage the stressors in my life. She puts me at ease and is so normal! I am so happy I was matched to her!
She’s very patient and understanding. She knows the Bible, she’s empathetic. She’s really nice too.
Very easy to talk to. She’s personable and really listens. She asks great questions and really makes you think from a different perspective. Looking forward to continuing working with her.