This page is tricky.
I have to appeal to you and your parents on the same page.
Disclaimer 1: I'm not one of those therapists with a TikTok account. I mean, I have one. But it's only for lurking. While many adults may not share this opinion, I'm quite glad this app exists, it has expanded mental health knowledge significantly and I'm here for it.
Disclaimer 2: I may not personally be into anime, Minecraft or whatever else you young whippersnappers are into these days but I will listen to you talk about all of it without judgment and with full attention.
A teen client once told me, "Thanks for not being a douche, I was going to give up on therapy if you had been."
So, there's my street cred. Not. A. Douche.
Honestly, y'all are my favorites to work with.
You're so much more aware and true to yourselves compared to the generations before you.
And you're quite hilarious.
Ultimately, I just aim to be the therapist that I would've wanted at your age.
Here are some of the things we can dig into:
Anxiety / Depression
Body image / Self-Esteem
Identity / Gender / Sexuality exploration
I do not "fix" these (nor do they need to be fixed). Each is unique and comes with incredible strengths.
Friendships / Relationships
Suicidal thoughts / self-harm
I don't do lectures and I'm not here to tell you what to do or not to do. I respect autonomy and focus on understanding what is beneath behaviors so that I can best provide support.
I encourage caregivers to be involved in therapy to some degree; this looks different for teens compared to younger kids. Either way, confidentiality is crucial and I encourage caregivers to respect their teens privacy, especially when it comes to therapy. In my experience, it is unlikely to go well when kiddos are forced into therapy, so when this happens, I am happy to just work with parents. Therapy should always be voluntary.
I don't want teens (or parents) to just survive these years. I want teens to gain some kick a** coping skills, learn radical self-love and feel heard. I want parents to learn the art of letting go so that your relationship with your kid can evolve into a good one as they enter into adulthood.