Less anxiety, better self-esteem, feelings of connection
I help tweens learn how to process and communicate their emotions in healthy ways, changing self-defeating behaviors and improving their sense of self. Identifying ways for tweens to cope with anxiety and depression is also part of my work. Some of the common issues tweens come to see me about are
Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Social media (over)usage
Acting-out behaviors and aggression
Low self esteem
Grief and loss
Serious illness in the family
School avoidance and adjustment
Social anxiety and friendship concerns
with tweens, sometimes talk therapy alone is not Enough
Therapy with tweens is a mix of play, talk, and games, with plenty of parent support sprinkled into the mix. For many tweens, doing helps talking, which is why board and card games are often part of the background of treatment. For artistically minded tweens, creating artwork smooths the way to deeper discussion. Mindfulness exercises are also useful.
meeting with parents is part of my work
My initial meetings are with parents. As a parent, you know your child best. Regular meetings allow us to collaborate and think together about what is going on with your child and how best to support her or him.