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Adolescents and children are facing numerous new stresses, and it is having major effects. Over 50% of children 4-17 have a mental health disorder, with 21% having a severe disorder. Roughly 30% of teens have an anxiety disorder and 15% have a mood disorder. In the US, 11% of children 4-17 years old are on ADD medication.

The good news is that with support and good information most teens can thrive personally, academically, and socially. But they and their parents need guidance on navigating the numerous challenges, such as screen time, social media, cyberbullying, academic pressures, access to substances, and the hookup culture. When adolescents learn how to navigate these difficult issues in their teens, they typically thrive as they launch into adulthood.
My Approach to Working with Children
Comprehensive Assessment: I begin with a comprehensive assessment that includes not only standard DSM diagnosis, but also consider specific brain-based subtypes of depression, anxiety, ADD; family, school, and peer dynamics; and hormones and other physical factors that may contribute to the presenting concerns. Beginning with a comprehensive understanding of the psychological, relational, and physiological factors ensures that treatment is focused on the right issues.
Early Treatment: Initially, my focus is helping the teen address their presenting concerns, often mood or anxiety, as well as ensuring they are functioning well at school and at home. Adolescents typically respond quickly to treatment, getting their presenting issues under control within 4-8 weeks.
Solidifying a Bright Future: Once the initial presenting symptoms have been addressed, I work with teens to ensure future success, which may include issues such as family relations, peers, dating, self-motivation, self-validation, career goals, life goals, and generally making good choices as they enter adulthood.
Recommended Readings
The Dating Radar guides you in identifying common personality disorder types early in the dating process. This is a good book for those who are starting to date.
A must read for parents and teens alike, Peggy Ornstein shares what she learned after interviewing 40 high school girls and 40 college girls about their sexual experiences. This book provides parents with essential information for helping their children (boys and girls) through their sexual development, and provides girls with a better roadmap for navigating a complex and often painful journey.
Untangled provides parents guidance with helping their daughters successfully launch into adulthood, addressing issues such difficult emotions, dating, and self care.
Boys are failing to launch and thrive at alarming rates. In Saving Our Boys, parents learn how to help their boys thrive during a time where they are more and more likely to underperform in school, lack emotional maturity, and struggle with forming healthy relationships.
An essential book for parents and their boys, Your Brain on Porn reveals the many unexpected outcomes and symptoms of the internet pornography use. Scientists are learning that this specific form of pornography is resulting in a dramatic increase in sexual dysfunction in young men, including premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction.