Teens Counseling

When tweens/teens feel troubled, you may notice….

  • self-harm
  • isolation
  • low self-esteem
  • social withdrawal
  • suicidal thoughts
  • refusal to go to school
  • trouble with peers
  • avoiding social situations
  • very critical of themselves
  • nonchalant behavior when discussing feelings or empathy
  • emotional shutdown; no response, disengaged
  • downplaying or minimizing other’s feelings
  • disconnected from the family; lying, disrespectful
  • unhealthy relationships
  • struggling with their identity
  • yelling wars or slamming doors

If you read any of the above and nodded your head, you’re in the right place.

I specialize in working with teens/tweens who have trouble regulating their emotions. Many of these troubling behaviors occur when teens/tweens don’t know how to cope with their struggles.

“Sand Tray Therapy is detox for the soul” – Amy Flaherty

Sand Tray Therapy is essentially a form of play therapy. It is the therapeutic use of a collection of miniatures in a sandtray. It is a non-verbal expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy where the sandtray and the miniatures are the medium of communication. Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.

Activity therapy is another form of play therapy utilized with older children and adolescents. This modality uses the same principles of play therapy, while engaging in activities such as building, expressive arts, constructing, games, etc.

Therapy will help your teen:

  • Learn to manage intense emotions
  • Express feelings in healthy ways
  • Feel confident and empowered in their own skin
  • Learn to make healthy choices
  • Choose healthy ways to cope with adverse life events

Therapy for your teen and parent consults will help you, the parent:

  • feel more connected to your teen
  • understand your teen’s development and struggles
  • have meaningful conversations with your teen
  • strengthen the bond between you and your teen
  • learn ways to respond so your teen feels heard and understood

Learn how I can help you and your teen survive these critical years. Send me a message or call me for a free 15 minute consult at 214.810.2156



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