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I am a mental health expert that help's minority foster care teens heal emotional wounds from their past.
Through my personal testimony of teen trauma and inspiring life story, I believe that together we can heal the past and shape a bright future.
expert for young girls
I have been in youR shoes
I have been in your shoes. Whether you are a parent of a teen struggling or a teen yourself. I understand what it feels like you don’t have a voice. I give my clients the space, resources and strategies they need to move from being misunderstood to CONFIDENT in their identity.
To successfully voice their concerns and create healthy boundaries. By helping them understand what they are feeling and providing them with the tools they need in order to navigate the challenges and pressures of being a teen. Therapy can help teens not only feel better, but actually thrive!
My clients never leave the same. They leave treatment more confident and with tools to live unashamedly themselves.
YOU FEEL UNHEARD & MISUNDERSTOOD..
You are ready to be free mentally and emotionally.
We provide a space that...
Doesn’t tell you how you should act, think or feel.
Encourages you to say EXACTLY how you feel.
Listen to you without the influence of your parents.
Unpack your emotions in an unrestricted way.
Give you an opportunity to unleash your inner thought without feeling judged.
Welcomes you into therapy without judgment.
Empowers you to live boldly your authentic selves.
Creates a safe space for you to express your emotions unhindered.
I am ready to help you get to a place where you
are healed and heard.
As a teenager, you have to navigate through some of life’s toughest challenges. You’re having to deal with an increasing amount of pressure, expectations and responsibilities.
You may be struggling with relationships and friendships, or you might be feeling anxious or depressed. You might also be dealing with stress at home or in school. You might be feeling confused about your identity, or feel like you don’t fit in anywhere.
But whatever struggles you’re facing, we want to help. I can support you through some of the toughest times of your life. And I won’t judge you – I just want to listen and help you find solutions so that you can move forward in life and make it a positive experience for you.
being a teen in these days is not an easy task, it is tough.
With the pressures of being a teen, comparison, trying to find the essence of who they are and to boldly live their authentic selves, is challenging. You look at your teen girl and wonder what happened to your sweet, happy girl? Your parents' radar is telling you something is not right.
Your radar is correct, there are so many changes happening too fast. Adolescence is a stage of life that brings with it a lot of change, physically, socially, and emotionally. Whether your teen is entering adolescence (ages 9-14), in the middle of adolescence (ages 15-17), or at the end of adolescence (ages 18-21), you will find that each stage brings its challenges.
Your teen doesn’t have to keep suffering…
Counseling can help your teen stop hating themselves and start feeling better about life and have the support they need to boldly be her authentic self.
Kabod Counseling have been a blessing to me and my daughter. My daughter love the staff of Kabod Counseling. Kabod Counseling staff are very professional, loving, caring. They have given her the tools she need to dealing with life, the emotional pressure life brings as a kid.I will recommend Kabod Counseling to family and friends.
What will the process of therapy look like?I believe that when working with teens the client-therapist relationship is one of the most important factors for successful therapeutic work to occur. Your teen must feel safe, comfortable, and connected with the therapist they are working with. Therefore, my main priority when an adolescent comes to see me is to help them decide whether I am a good fit for them and their particular needs. My next step is to help them to begin exploring those issues that they are struggling with. Because this may be the first time they are talking about these things and I make sure to go at a pace that feels comfortable to them. Together we start looking at what is getting in the way of their overall sense of happiness and well-being.
Will you be able to tell me as a parent what goes on during sessions?When working with teens, it’s very important that they feel like therapy is a private place for them to talk about whatever is on their mind. Without a sense of privacy and confidentiality between your teen and their therapist, they are likely to remain closed off or distrustful of the therapist. They want to feel confident in knowing that what they talk about in session is not being disclosed to their parent’s. Therefore, when I work with teens, what they share in therapy stays between the two of us. However, there are a few very important exceptions. You will be the first to know if there is any reason to be concerned about your child’s health, well-being, or safety. To avoid any confusion, I always make sure to discuss my policies around confidentiality with both you and your teen in our first session together. This way you both know what to expect moving forward and I can answer any specific questions that you may have.
How often will we meet?I typically like to meet with my teen clients on a weekly basis. I have found that meeting consistently every week helps to build a stronger therapeutic relationship and encourages them to more effectively address the issues they are struggling with. There are times, however, when it is appropriate to meet more or less frequently based on your teen’s current needs or schedule.
How long will therapy last?Therapy typically does not have a set time length, unless there’s a specific need target area of trauma that we are focusing on. Some problems resolve very quickly while others are more complex and take longer to work through. Usually, I work with teens for at minimum three months, meeting on a weekly basis. I often continue working with them for up to a year or more and then we may transition to once monthly or on a as needed basis.
How can I best support my teen while she is in therapy?One of the greatest things that you can do as a parent when your teen is seeing a therapist is to ask both your teen and the therapist what type of involvement would best in her experience in therapy. You may be invited into a session to directly address specific issues that your teen is struggling with and figure out how you can most effectively support them. A joint session with relevant family members and your teen may also be appropriate if there are specific issues that would best be addressed with their direct involvement.
What is your approach as a therapist who works with teens?As a therapist who works with adolescents, my aim is to create an environment in which they feel comfortable opening up about what is going on in their lives, without fear of judgment or ridicule. We partner together to help them sort out their feelings, find solutions to their problems, and develop improved coping skills so that they can be more productive at managing the emotional ups and downs of being a teen. Working successfully with adolescents also requires finding a balance between providing them a safe space that is truly theirs, while involving parents and other family members, as necessary, in the service of your teen’s growth and development.
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