For nearly a decade, I’ve worked with teenagers, young adults, and adults to help them overcome emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Much of my work has been in clinical settings geared toward supporting clients in acquiring meaningful skills that help them achieve their goals and lead healthier, more productive lives.
Studies show the most important factor in the success of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. Building a therapeutic connection where trust is established quickly is particularly important with younger clients – especially in these times in which attention spans tend to be short, and so many expect rapid results.
I understand the stressors teens and young adults experience in today's pressure-packed society. There are the demands of having to perform so they can compete academically and in their future work lives. While technology helps them connect to their peers in some ways, it can also result in social and emotional disengagement. Many, whether aware or not, develop a dependence on their devices, trying to maintain social connection and avoid “missing anything.” Friendships, family matters, and life events further contribute to the challenges they face. Meanwhile, there are lives to lead and goals to achieve.
We all want to have the skills and resources we need to lead happy and productive lives. My goal is to support teens and young adults in their pursuit of personal, academic, and career success.