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Family Therapy

For Parent-Teen Relationships

The teenage years are tough, and parenting a teenager can be just as difficult. Parent-teen relationships pose many unique challenges. For starters, teens are going through various changes, developing their independence, and often times feel misunderstood or overprotected by their parents.

As a parent, you’re watching your adolescent go through the growing pains of becoming a young adult, all while taking rigorous classes, navigating their social life, and possibly working or participating in multiple extracurriculars. You’re trying to find the right balance between supporting, nurturing, and disciplining your teen while also allowing them to make their own decisions and to take on more responsibilities and independence.

However, this doesn't always go as smoothly as planned. You might experience your teen giving attitude, shutting down, acting out, or no longer wanting anything to do with you. Maybe when you try talking things out or asking questions, it's met with great resistance.

This can lead to arguments, tension, and sometimes feeling hurt or disrespected on both sides.

Throughout my time as a high school social worker, basketball coach, and therapist, I've had years of experience counseling teens and their parents to better understand each other, to communicate more effectively, and to find fair compromises. With patience, commitment, and an open mind, family therapy can help you and your teen do exactly the same. 

It will help you bring out the best in each other and collaborate more as a team.

Family therapy can support you and your teen with:

  • Facilitating meaningful conversations that allow each individual to feel heard and respected
  • Developing a stronger understanding of each person's perspectives, needs, and goals
  • Establishing a relationship that respects the growing independence of your teen, while maintaining the support and discipline they need

You and your teen can achieve:

  • Improved understanding of one another
  • Stronger communication skills
  • Shared goals and priorities
  • Teamwork
  • Compromise
  • Respect