Adolescence is one of the most difficult stages in life as adolescents are not children who seek the constant support of parents and they are not adults either who can make their own choices. Adolescents often feel powerless and that no one understands them. In my practice, I support adolescents in dealing with the complexities of this stage of development. Issues like self-actualization, self-esteem, isolation, lack of social skills, self-harm, suicidal ideation, lack of impulse control, poor decision making skills, academic pressures, etc. I also posses years of experience supporting adolescents who face mental health challenges like Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), among others.
My work with adolescents is focused on helping them feel empowered. When adolescents find their inner strength they no longer feel the need to exercise their independence with every adult in authority. Decreased defiance and improved relationships with adults can happen when adolescents feel empowered.