Anxiety and Depression
I am a pediatric primary care mental health specialist. In the pediatrician's office it's hard to discuss all that you are worried and wondering about in a typical office visit. I can provide you the time to go over all it all. It usually takes 1-2 one hour sessions to hear about everything, sort out the issues and make a plan. Sometimes that plan involves finding a therapist that is right for you. I can meet with you until you get in to see the therapist. While I do not provide psychotherapy, I do provide supportive counseling with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. In instances where we decide medication is appropriate, I can prescribe it. Know that I often recommend counseling as complemental care. Finding a therapist can seem daunting, but I can offer you expertise in finding the right type of therapy that would be the most appropriate for your child and family. If you have been referred to me by your therapist for medication I will collaborate with them before prescribing. I find that collaborating with parents and other health care providers provides your child with better care.
Teen mental health is a family matter, and I'm here to help you all. Telling the difference between normal teen demeanor and worrisome behavior is not always easy. The balancing act of trying to help your child and also foster independence can be exhausting. I can provide communication strategies that will help you and your teen communicate more effectively and lighten the stress. Parent consultation is covered by insurance and is often used when you feel stuck on a particular issue with your teen. You may ultimately need some family counseling but this is a good place to start.
Sex and sexuality are tough areas for parents to go it alone. You want to make sure your child has the information to be safe and healthy, but you may be wondering what's out there that's different from when you were a teen. I can help you and your child learn everything you want to know about sexual health services for teens. Curious about what services your child can access without your knowledge? We can go over that, too. I can also help you navigate conversations with your child around consent, dating and sexual decision making. I have awkward conversations for a living- I've got some tips to help take the stress out of it.
Tweens and Over 18
The struggles teens face often start when they are tweens and can continue into adulthood.
Parents of tweens are frequently caught off guard when their child begins to seem moody. This can be a great time for parents to learn about the changes that lie ahead and start practicing skills that will lay the foundation for healthy communication later on. I can help you build this foundation and tease out what's normal for your tween and what might need some intervention.
Post high school is a funny middle ground- too old for the pediatrician but a regular adult provider can feel like it's not the right fit either. Maybe you have been dealing with anxiety or depression and need a new prescriber now that you are an adult. Maybe you feel ready to address your mental health concerns now that you can do so fully on your own but you aren't sure what that entails. Making the first call is the hardest part. Call me and we can figure it out.
Is your organization interested in learning more about teen specific topics? I'm happy to talk about how I could help educate or create discussions within your group. I have presented on the following subjects:
How to Address Puberty with Your Tween
The Importance of Early Intervention for Anxiety and Depression
Tips for Talking About Difficult Subjects with Your Teen (alcohol and marijuana use, sexual decision making, depression and much more)
Transitioning from High School to College
Parenting During COVID-19 Distance Learning