Teen & Family Counseling

Your little one, the baby you held, the child you snuggled, has changed and you can't understand why. They are distant, angry, tearful, and sad all at once. But now, their behaviors are not okay, even out of control. You may have heard other adults comment on the behaviors, expressing their own concerns. Or maybe you haven't, but you don't want it to get that far. 
Family dynamics can be some of the most painful struggles we face. As the parent, you are exhausted, struggling to communicate with your partner around discipline. Your teen is overwhelmed and overstimulated, struggling with emotions in ways you can't comprehend. And you want to fix it. But you can't. And now, you feel lost and don't know how to help them. 

Love & compassion can create the change.

Photo of a family hugging at sunset after having benefited from teen counseling for family issues.

My desire when counseling teens is to bridge the gap between you and your child. My hope is that you enjoy seeing your teenager, and that they want to be close with you. 
When working with teens, I believe your parental involvement can be crucial, but not always necessary. Sometimes, particularly with older teens, they just need a non-judgmental space to explore and process their own experience. Othertimes, the relationship between you and your child is the piece that needs the most healing. My approach focuses on helping build connections, increasing healthy communication, and finding unique problem solving solutions. With your teen, I will focus on creative approaches in sessions, such as utilizing play, art, and sand tray. 
By working together with you and your children, we can build on your strengths as a family to find creative solutions. We want to further your understanding about specific family patterns that continue the whirlwind of chaos, and then learn new tools or approaches to better navigate these challenges. Through my services, you will see the compassion and mutual respect between family members soar, thus healing pain, and setting your family up for long-term success.

I offer individual therapy for children 14 years and older. For children under 14 years, my focus is family therapy and parent coaching. This is because my experience has shown that the best way for me to help younger children is to help the parents learn how to better manage the behaviors at home. 
Teen counseling and family counseling sessions are 50-90 minutes in length. For rates and fees, look here. Sessions occur on average once every week or two weeks. Based on your goals and treatment needs, therapy and counseling can be as brief as 8-10 sessions or can be longer-term over a year or two. 

I offer a free 20-minute consultation for those interested in counseling services. It will give you a chance to describe your particular issue, ask any questions about my experience, and help you feel more comfortable with me.

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

Hodding Carter