Therapy is a place where one can learn to explore, express, and verbalize feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential setting, while working to effect positive change in the present, and hope for lasting change in the future.
I am a clinical social worker with 10 years of professional experience. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your family member to find solutions to life’s barriers and challenges.
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I grew up in a time, when it was totally fine to be a “latch key” kid for several hours a day. Growing up as the oldest of two of immigrant self employed parents, there were times when I did not see my parents a lot. I grew up with a lot of autonomy, independence, and responsibilities. I probably could have used some parental guidance too, especially as a teen.
Thankfully, there were no probation officers involved, trips to the ER, or regretful experimenting. What I did notice was that I spent a lot of time on the phone, just talking. Talking to friends that I had just seen at school, and friends who I no longer saw in class. As I began driving, I got to enjoy spending time at my friends’ houses. Often I would enjoy interacting with the parents, parents who spoke English, parents who went to college, parents who I thought were sooocoool. At the same time I also began to look up the youth leaders at my church, often college kids who I also thought were really cool. There were also favorite teachers, and other adult figures (parental figures) that had an influence on my upbringing.
Over the years there are common questions that I get asked prior to setting up our 1st appointment, or questions that come up during the future sessions. Some questions relate to logistics, others could be more personal. Typically with younger clients they like to ask me personal questions.
A guiding principle that I try to abide by is to not disclose personal information about myself with a client, especially if it’s not relevant to the focus of our time together.
A common thing that I hear from teens is that they hate being watched–when they enter a store at the mall, or by a parent trying to sneak-a-peek when they are on the computer.
The truth is no one likes a micro-manager; everyone would prefer to be trusted to work efficiently in an independent manner. While traveling in London (many years ago) I was struck with the number of clearly visible security cameras in public places. On any given busy street corner in London, it seems almost every visible angle is covered by a camera mounted on the exterior of a building, the utility pole, a street sign, traffic light pole, etc. I wasn’t sure if I should feel safe or feel so violated that my image was being transmitted and saved to a server somewhere far away. Additionally, no one was asking me whether I cared, and there was no way I could avoid being “watched.”