Dr. Jamie D. Kirkpatrick, PsyD, LMFT
"Helping you to discover your light"

Teens

             The teenage years can be extremely challenging, for teens and their parents, and often these struggles begin
             in the pre-teen years. Teens have a lot of stress that parents often don’t realize they have because parents 
             can be so exasperated that they just can't see it. Teens also face many new pressures and may not
             always make the best decisions or react in the healthiest ways to the problems they encounter.
             Teens sometimes need counseling to help them cope with their problems and navigate the trials that
             get in the way of becoming healthy, successful adults.

Some of the struggles teens face are a normal part of growing up, like dealing with peer groups, experimenting with
new ideas, and going through changes in mood, identity, and interests. Some problems are
more difficult to handle however, such as drug/alcohol abuse, sexual issues, self or other violence, or severe bullying.
Parents can help their teens through some of these issues by listening and talking to them, being patient with them,
and creating an environment that is structured and supportive. Sometimes, though, you also need to seek counseling
and that’s why I am here, to give you an ear to hear, guidance, structure, and support.

And if you’re a teen, feel free to call or text me yourself. It’s confidential!