Teens & Older Kids

It is often difficult for older children and teens to find a professional with whom they feel comfortable discussing matters that concern them.  Regular doctor visits are usually too short to give the teen time to get around to the issue they might most wish to address.  Sometimes kids and parents are reluctant to consult a mental health practitioner — they may not know if the circumstances call for it or they may not be ready to commit to that type of therapy.

My teen patients quickly discover that the time that I spend with them is relaxed and open.

They can ask questions and may choose to share what’s bothering them without being rushed or judged or criticized.  Sometimes they opt to simply receive the benefits of a therapeutic craniosacral treatment, to help them relax and find balance in their often chaotic and stressful lives.  Respecting teens’ emerging independence, I make suggestions about ways that they may move through the problems they may be facing.  It is my intention to help them develop healthy ways to face challenges and to learn how to practice self-care throughout their lives.

Regular well-teen exams and sports physicals can be scheduled year round.

For older kids and teens, I offer medical and osteopathic treatment, support, counseling and development of self-care and coping skills for sensitive conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Adjustment Challenges
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise and Weight Concerns
  • Coping with Physical or Medical Restrictions
  • Stress and Worry
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Substance Use
  • Sexual matters
  • Learning Challenges, Developmental Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Sleep Problems

Referrals and Coordinated Care

If the patient’s situation requires more specialized medical or mental health care, I will help the family to identify appropriate professionals.  Combining mental health therapy with the hands-on body centered treatments that I provide seems to help patients to improve more steadily and thoroughly than with either alone.  With my patients’ permission, I communicate regularly with their therapists to coordinate our efforts and maximize support during their healing process.

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