Adolescence can be an exciting time of growth and opportunity, but also considerable confusion and struggle. Most commonly, adolescents come to therapy due to the concerns of others, such as parents or teachers, and they may have significant hesitation about starting counseling. For your teen to benefit from therapy, it is important that they feel their sessions address their concerns and meet the challenges of their day to day lives. While I always keep the concerns of parents in mind, therapy must focus primarily on the issues that feel most important to your child. I find, however, that the concerns of parents and teenagers frequently tend to be related and that if your son or daughter is able to resolve the issues that concern them the most, they will also be able to address other areas of their lives with equal success. Adolescence is a time when we are not only facing new situations and choices for the first time, but are also developing a sense of who we are as a person. In conducting therapy with teens it is important to not only work to resolve current difficulties, but also to help your child develop a sense of themselves as someone who is able to successfully face the challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know and work with your son or daughter. If your teen has any concerns about therapy I would be happy to talk with them on the phone and address their questions following my initial phone conversation with you.