Lori Goldman, MFT

Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults

Nourishing and Strengthening the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Therapy for Adolescents

Adolescence is often a time of intense upheaval and transition. Balancing the range of physical, emotional and developmental shifts is like walking on a tightrope.  Adolescents can feel pulled in different directions by the conflicting messages, ideals and desires of the adults and peers in their lives.  Longing to be accepted; struggling to make sense of their own rapidly shifting emotions and experiences; and seeking to forge their own values and identity; many adolescents end up feeling isolated or turn to risk-taking behaviors.

My Approach with Adolescents

In therapy, I provide adolescents with a safe and non-judgmental space to reflect on who they have been and discover who they are becoming.  As a neutral and caring adult, I help adolescents explore and understand their conflicting feelings and desires, develop their own ideas and values, and think through the consequences of their actions in life. I relate directly and candidly to adolescents, showing care and expressing concern around actions or behaviors when appropriate.

Common Struggles in Adolescence

  • Social Pressures
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality/Relationships
  • Shifting identity concerns
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Conflict with parents

Some adolescents can tell their parents that they need help, while others may struggle to communicate directly.  Common signs that an adolescent may benefit from therapy are:

  • Dramatic shifts in identity, interest or mood
  • Social Withdrawal/Isolation
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Self-harm
  • Depression, anger and/or irritable mood
  • Disordered eating or body-image distortion