Parenting Your Teen
Short-term Therapy for Parents and Teens
Welcome to the Parenting Your Teen Program. By the end of our work
together I aim to give you a better handle on what is going on inside the
head of your teenager and give you a way, if not to control the chaos
around you, at least a way to deal with it more effectively.
Part of what I am going to do during this program is to help you correctly
set about parenting your teen and give you a systematic approach how to
change what is happening in your home. By the end of our work together I
expect you to have accomplished the following:
- You will have a much better idea why your teen does what he or
- Your teenager will be much more responsible and behave more
- You will have a better relationship with your teenager.
- You are going to have control over what happens in your home.
- You are going to be a much more effective parent.
- You are going to have confidence as a parent.
- You are going to regain the respect that you deserve as a parent.
- You yourself are going to be a much happier and relaxed person.
- You are going to enjoy your teenager a lot more.
We are going to start by discussing basic information that will help you to
better understand your teenager. A lot of parents get upset by what their
teens say or do. If you can understand where your teenager is coming
from and can get a better feeling for the forces that are driving him or her,
you will find that most of the really offensive things that your teenager
does are absolutely meaningless. Actually, you will find a lot of them
quite funny, even the antics that at this moment really get under your skin.
The bulk of the program is going to show you how to get your teenager to
grow up and act more maturely. I am going to show you how to put an end
to most conflicts and discuss which battles to pick, where to make your
stand, and how to make your stand. Finally I am going to show you, the
parent, that you really are the one who is in control of what is going on
between you and your teen.
The teen program will give you all the information that you need to
understand and get your teenager and your home back under control.
There are a lot of different approaches to doing this but I feel that what I
am sharing with you is the best approach. This program will help you to
prepare your teenager for adult life. It will also set you up to have a good
life-long relationship with your child, one that will continue long after your
child has grown up and left your home!
Many of the other approaches of dealing with difficult teens are effective,
and some of them might be quicker and easier. But these are only short
term solutions. And short term solutions should not be what you are
looking for. If your child is a teenager then it took at least thirteen years
for your difficulties to develop. You are not going to find any instant quick
fix solutions that are going to work for long. If you do you should be
suspicious. Although you will find no instant solutions in this program, you
should start seeing improvements fairly soon after you begin to apply
what you learn here.
Although not hard to implement, it will require some readjustment in
thinking on your part. That is actually the most difficult part of the
program. I am hoping the early successes you experience will inspire you
to make these changes and to carry on further.
The purpose of the first assessment interview is to identify the nature of
the problem or difficulty which the family or teenager is facing. The
program is approximately 12 to 16 sessions in length including a
combination of individual sessions with the teenager, individual sessions
with the parents, and family sessions with parents and teenager
together. After the first assessment interview we will decide together on
the best way to proceed as far as how we will structure the sessions.
Taking the First Step
If you would like to set an appointment or if you have any questions call
(877-372-8784) or email me. The next step will be to download the
Intake Questionnaire which will give me an overview of your situation
and background. We will go over this information in more detail during
our first session, which is primarily meant for information gathering and
to establish goals for therapy.