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Preteen/Teen Therapy
In Bergen County (Wyckoff, NJ)

The adolescent years are hard for both teenagers and parents alike. Your teen is dealing with a lot – navigating friendships, pressures from social media, the stress of balancing school and extracurricular activities, and applying to and starting college. In the meantime, you feel like you’re walking on eggshells around them and don’t know what to do or say anymore.

 

You see your child struggling with anxiety, and sometimes they get so worked up that they have a panic attack. You feel as though they are constantly frustrated and irritable, perhaps taking their temper out on you or other family members.

 

Maybe, you noticed they’re sleeping a lot more or less than normal, had a change in their appetite, aren’t interested in their usual activities, or seem to have lost their motivation. Perhaps, your teenager has made statements like “I just don’t want to be here” or “I wish I could go to sleep and not wake up.”

 

As a parent myself, I know what it's like to want the best for your child, and that often starts with finding a provider you trust. So, how can I help?

Before I even meet with your child, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to chat further about what you're looking for. I will answer any questions you have about my practice and approach. This is all to determine if we are the right fit for one another!

 

During my first session with your child, I will have you join us so that we can meet and you can see the therapy room. I'll explain to your child that I'll meet with them every week for 45 minutes to help them with whatever has brought them to therapy. I explain that everything we talk about stays in the room, except if they're in danger of hurting themselves, others, or are reporting any child abuse. I say that I'll also talk with their parents about how they're doing in therapy, and sometimes parents will share with me what happens outside of the therapy room so that I can help them better. 

Your teen will have the opportunity to discuss further what brings them to therapy and what they’d like to accomplish by participating in treatment. I also gather background information, from every client, including physical and emotional symptoms they may be experiencing, to best meet their needs.

The top two essential factors to successful treatment, regardless of diagnosis, are how a client feels about their progress and our therapeutic relationship. That's why throughout your child’s time in treatment, we will periodically check in about how you and they feel things are going. 

 

Depending on the child's age, willingness to engage in the process, and treatment goals, therapy may consist of some or a combination of the following:

·     Psychoanalytic Therapy

·    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

·    Behavior Modification

·    Psychodynamic Therapy

·    Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

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