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Parenting can be a challenging part of life, but even more so each generation as social and societal influences become more intrusive and powerful in shaping the perspectives and actions of youth. If you are struggling with the thoughts, behaviors and choices of your adolescent or young adult, counseling for yourself can help. You can learn strategies in how to manage your emotions and reactions, in how to parent with influence, and in how to build a relationship of transparency and respect.
Sometimes teens need a safe place, separate from their family and friends, to express their thoughts and feelings without fears of consequence. Counseling can offer that opportunity. Laura has expertise in treating adolescent-specific issues such as self-harm, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, disrespect towards parents, emotional outbursts, and poor time-management or decision making.
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One strategy for building trust and communication with your teen is to give them guidance on how to think through their choices.
This is a brief compilation of various considerations in addressing smartphone use with your teen.
Here are some topic ideas for how you as a parent can talk about sex in a way that feels relevant to your teen.