Adolescence is a time of significant change and transition. As kids enter their teens they are faced with an onslaught of shifting roles, expectations, academic demands, and social pressures — all while trying to figure out their own sense of self. The struggles of adolescence can lead to feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, and shame.
It is not just the adolescent who is impacted by this turbulent time. It can be equally challenging for parents to know how to best support their teen through this process. A safe space for exploring themselves and the difficulties they are dealing with is often exactly the type of support a teen needs. Here at the office of Kelly Mothner, Ph.D, my aim as a therapist for adolescents is to create a safe space for them to open up about what is going on in their lives, without fear of judgment or ridicule.
Adolescents come to see me to deal with a variety of issues that are impacting their overall well-being. They may be struggling with the pressures and anxiety of increasingly difficult academic and social demands or facing the pain and loss surrounding their parents’ divorce. Others may be experiencing feelings of hopelessness and depression and some may simply be feeling alone in their struggle and want an unbiased listener.
Working successfully with adolescents requires finding a balance between providing them a safe space that is truly theirs, while involving parents and other family members, as necessary, in the service of the teen’s growth and development.
Before diving into therapy, it is crucial that both the teen and his/her parents determine whether I am the right fit. During our preliminary session, I will gain an understanding of what challenges and stressors you (or your teen) are facing, and together we can decide how to move forward. Below are just a few examples of the types of issues that often bring teens into see me:
I provide therapy to teens, adults, and couples who live in the South Bay region, including Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and El Segundo, CA. I take pride in the safe space and warm, open environment that I provide for my clients. If you have any other questions, or if you would like to schedule your initial appointment, please give me a call at (310) 892- 2572, or reach out to me on my contact page. I look forward to working with you!
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
– E. E. Cummings