For girls, the transition into adulthood can be tumultuous. From childhood through adolescence, many girls experience pressure to comport themselves in a way and manner they perceive as more acceptable—to their peers, to society, perhaps even to their family. This change often entails a shift in gender roles, self-concept, academic ability, body image, mental health, and interpersonal relationships. As girls approach adolescence, they reach a crossroads, which, without proper support and guidance, may place them at risk for substance abuse, depression, suicide, self-injury, eating disorders, abusive relationships, sexually transmitted infections, or unwanted pregnancies. My practice is dedicated to helping girls manage this critical transition, so they may enter into adulthood as strong and complete young women capable of realizing their full potential.
Through individual therapy, girls gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors, as well as the social context behind those thoughts and behaviors. Therapy works to address communication skills, conflict resolution, and self-awareness—all with the hope of improving a girl's ability to cope with the challenges that come with this powerful rite of passage.
Therapeutic support groups with a psycho-educational component are additionally offered in 12-week sessions. Topics of discussion involve conflict resolution, positive peer relationships, self-esteem, body image, sexism, safe relationships, sexual health, improved communication skills, healthy coping skills, and future planning. These groups are a safe space for adolescent girls to learn how to express themselves in a constructive manner while giving and receiving support from one another.
In certain situations, family therapy may be a valuable tool in your therapeutic care. It can help you to recognize the strengths of your family, as well as areas that may need improvement. With the therapist as your guide, your family will begin to understand the dynamics that may hinder your family's ability to function, and then work to identify new and healthier ways of communicating and relating to one another.