Teens come to therapy for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes your parents strongly encourage it. Sometimes you seek it out on your own. Either way, I am glad you are here!
It can be nerve-wracking to sit in a room with a complete stranger and talk to them about your life. So let's get some of the awkwardness out of the way before you even show up!
Many of the clients I work with find it helpful to have some one to talk to who is not a parent, friend, or teacher. And not just when they are sad or going through some shit…therapy is for anyone at anytime!
I was a teen like you not too long ago. I am young enough to remember what it is like, but old enough that your parents trust that I know what I am doing.
EVERYONE is welcome and safe in my office.
Being in my office should be enjoyable for you! There is always music playing, art supplies, and games. On occasion, one of my two wanna-be therapy dogs comes with me to the office.
Here is how our very first meeting might go:
I will ask you some questions about yourself, what brings you in, and what you are hoping to get out of therapy. We will then talk a little bit about my style to help us determine if we are a good fit.
Then, I will ask you to go home and think about if you want to work with me. I will follow up with an email the next day. If you, or I, determine I am not the best fit for you I will happily give you some names of other therapists to check out!
I am looking forward to meeting you!