Specialized Care for Adolescents
Many people are surprised to find out that I’ve raised six children! Not going to lie, there were some long, tough days when we had five teenagers in the house at once. Then we tragically lost our oldest son to suicide at 16, and the reality of how painful, and potentially dangerous adolescence can be exploded around us like a nuclear bomb. I can honestly tell you that without talk therapy my family would probably have disintegrated, but we didn’t. We somehow survived and maintain loving, healthy connections with one another to this day. I consider this one of our greatest accomplishments.
In the years afterward I decided to become a therapist myself, hoping I could pay forward some of the healing, kindness, and compassion that was shown to me, and now I specialize in helping people of all ages— including adolescents— deal with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and all the other messy stuff that comes with life.
Someone once said to me that all the important things that shape who we are as people happen before we turn 16, and that may be true. Adolescence is such a time of intensity, growth, and often confusion, sadness, and anger, that it can really help to have someone smart guide us through it.
But it’s hard for kids to find someone to talk to: parents are too… parent-y, friends have their own problems, and school social workers are usually so overloaded with students they can’t really focus on a single one. A great therapist can make all the difference.
At Sound Mind Counseling, adolescents can expect to be taken seriously. We value teen insights and experiences and collaborate with them to help problem solve, express emotions in healthy ways, and start building the self-esteem and self-knowledge that is the foundation for a happy adulthood.
Whether they are dealing with friend drama, bullying, toxic relationships at home, lack of confidence, or any of the other issues endemic to these years, talk therapy with counselors specifically qualified for this age group is a game changer.
Establishing a Connection
You and your therapist are about to embark on a deep and meaningful journey. The very first task at hand is developing the relationship between the two of you. Research shows that the stronger the relationship between client and clinician is, the better the outcome. We want to hear all about you and your story so far so that we can learn exactly what your strengths are, as well as the things that keep you stuck.
Building Self Awareness
Self awareness is the key to personal growth. If we don't understand ourselves, how can we truly change? Together we will examine your hopes and dreams, your past and present, your painful places, your family, your ideology, your true purpose, and the ways in which you might be holding yourself back.
Changing the Narrative
Everyone in the world tells themselves a story about who they are, and most think that story is set in stone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Once we understand the stories we believe about ourselves and why we believe them, we are empowered to challenge, and more importantly, change them. With the right support, you can finally become the main character of your own unique and special life.
Change takes time
As you unravel the mystery of yourself you will find a great deal of both inspiration and comfort in the therapeutic process. The relationship you develop with your therapist will be unlike any other you've had in your life, and we will be there to support you 100% until you think your work is done.
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Play Therapy creates a space and a language where kids can share and process their thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams, develop self awareness, coping skills, and build on the strengths they already have.
Sound Mind Counseling is proud to officially partner with Paws for Patrick, a local non-profit organization that helps connect young people ages 5-18 with therapy dogs and emotional support animals.
Everyone I spoke to was friendly, caring, and helpful. The therapist we selected got back to us promptly and the intake process was fast and easy. We were able to make an appointment with the therapist of our choice within a week. My son’s first session went smoothly and he found it helpful and is looking forward to continuing. Thank you for making the “getting started” process seamless.
The team at Sound Mind Counseling can help you build self-esteem, gain clarity and focus, resolve conflicts, learn skills to manage your mood, and create a vision for the future. Call today to get started