ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, FRIEND CHOICES, VIDEO GAME ADDICTION, LACK OF MOTIVATION, ISOLATION, DISRESPECTFUL ATTITUDE, HORMONES, PUBERTY, SEXUAL ACTIVITY, DRUGS, ALCOHOL, POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE... sound familiar?

Here's how I roll with older teen males:

  1. My approach and style is to gradually build trust with your teen so that they feel comfortable enough to share more about their emotions and behaviors. Your teen will not allow strangers into their world. If I am not authentic and real, we won't get anywhere and you will waste your hard-earned money and time. I help your teen male build trusting relationships so they are able to discuss issues such as relationships, grief and difficult emotions with you when they need it most.
  2. Why would you pay me to play board games, watch YouTube videos, talk about video games, sports and music with your teen? Teens trust very few people and in order for them to talk, they need time to build trust. Developmentally, teens defy authority, break rules and engage in risky behaviors - it's normal, natural, and as a parent, you are not alone.
  3. Your teen might enjoy that outside of being a licensed therapist, I am also a professional musician, a DJ and I love sports. I am not your typical, stuffy psychotherapist who sits quietly and nods as your teen struggles to think of something to talk about. I will often use an ice-breaker such as Ungame to begin our conversation, especially if your teen is more introverted. Some of the positive feedback that others have said about me is that I am a "young, active and cool" therapist who quickly connects with teens". However, being "cool" doesn't mean I will not ask tough questions or ignore difficult topics.

If you are a teen male reading this... thanks for checking this out! I hope your parent or guardian calls to see if we are a good fit for each other. Sometimes, it really sucks being a teenager - rules, regulations, laws, school performance, curfews, relationships and social media drama... Hang in there, ok? It gets better - much better!!! I had a tough time as a teenager too. I was bullied and teased because I was "different" and an artist. I was lucky to have a good friend help me gain the confidence to not care what others thought of me. He taught me to "give the haters the Heisman". It was exactly what I needed at the perfect time. Thanks again - you rock!!!

Typically, I meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) and your teen for the first session, and then we will discuss what future sessions might look like.