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Erik Erikson, a predominant developmental psychologist, identified that teens are beginning to make identity choices for the first time as their very own.

As teens naturally strive for more independence, they explore a new frontier of forming their own identities by trying out new behaviors and roles. Compounded with biological transitions (puberty) many physical and emotional changes are also taking place. This transition is known to strain parent-teen relationships and may lead to behaviors that go beyond pushing boundaries and can create substantial issues. Extreme reactions to this shift can lead to anxiety or depression or a number of other mental health issues.

Choosing a safe place that is free of judgements, pressures, and expectations gives teens the opportunity to slow down, think clearer, and focus on their identities that are in service of good for themselves and the world.

In therapy, we will explore and discover many aspects of the teen's life where the issues arise. Once we have a better understanding of this, parents are invited to collaborate with the therapist to create the best form of treatment for their child whether that's individual, family, parent-child, sibling-sibling, parenting support sessions, or a combination of any of these options. Your teen's therapy experience should be as unique as they are!

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