Grownups have feelings too!
Why adult therapy? Some young adults struggle to cope with new expectations after high school. The human brain does not come close to maturity until the age of 25. Being 18 means he/she can vote, join the army, and (ideally) pay his/her way through life. But it doesn’t necessarily mean your young-adult has the impulse control and emotional awareness to always make “adult” decisions. We handle this important time of life with a grownup approach. However, we combine it with the sensitivity of understanding a still-growing “teen” brain.
What about you, the parent?
Parents can always use some additional support. Adult therapy is for you whether you’re a new parent or already have the experience of raising four kids now living on their own. Your child will always be your child no matter their age. You will always be concerned for him/her. Is he/she making smart choices? Making friends in the dorm? Drive like a speed demon when you’re not around while texting about last night’s game? Doing their laundry like you taught? Dating… SAFELY? Is your kid eating Pop Tarts three meals a day? And the biggest concern is… WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?!?!?!?!
As your children grow, so should your relationships with them. The time when you snuggled in bed when he/she was five and kept guarded against the dreaded Closet Monster is a wonderful relationship to have with a child. You nurtured a feeling of safety and helped develop a growing confidence. However, understanding how to help your child feel safe and develop confidence at 15 and then again at 23 requires a different dynamic in your relationship.
Not every parent can know what that dynamic is – and for each child it is different. Whether your child is young, a teenager, or an adult, remember this: When your child’s needs change, you must make changes yourself. There may be a shift in your relationship, and as long as it is a healthy shift then you will still be positively helping your kid to thrive.
We’re here to help you when the shifts occur.
We help you to be a different parent to your son than to your daughter. Or maybe, you’re struggling with the fact that the approach you had with your straight A, overachieving, socialite teen is not working with your quiet, introverted, solid 1.7 GPA teen. We’ve got you covered and can help you navigate this time in your life with compassion and patience. We want to assist you with everything from the day-to-day grind that can wear any parent down to the unexpected challenges and tragedies that seem overwhelming.
We do this by taking the time to get to know you, your thoughts, your feelings and your goals. Your counselor will help you find the right questions that unlock your own answers, leading to a proactive and healthier approach to your life, and parenthood.
Read more about therapy for kids and teens on the site of our sister organization Teen Therapy Center.