The pressures adolescents face these days are unreal. My work entails helping teenagers, parents and families deal with a wide range of issues such as communication blocks, self-esteem issues, anxiety, pressures around performance, attachment issues, depression, difficulty with peers, peer pressure, work ethic in school and home, mood management, media and gaming habits, self control, emotional intelligence, cooperation and negotiation, self-compassion, and many other problems. Working with adolescents, talking, playing and drawing are all important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems in psychotherapy.
As part of the initial assessment period, I will evaluate specific concerns based on your teen and family's past and current struggles, developmental and familial history, cultural considerations, parent-child interactions and ability to work together in treatment. The relationship in teen therapy that develops between myself and your teen (and possibly family - depending on the circumstances) is very important.
The goals of therapy may be focused (e.g. improving peer relationships) or more general (e.g. less anxiety and improved self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy varies and will partly depend on the complexity and intensity of the concern.
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Jenna Roat, MFT provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples in the East Bay - Oakland. The office is in Rockridge, Close to Temescal, Elmwood, Montclair, Lake Merritt, and Piedmont.
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