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Therapists: What do you say when parents of your teenage client challenge your ability to help their kid because of your age or level of experience?

Therapists: What do you say when parents of your teenage client challenge your ability to help their kid because of your age or level of experience?

“So, just how much experience do you have working with teenagers?” asks parents of the therapist seeing their daughter. The temptation for the therapist is to cite degrees, placements, and the like, but that just comes off as defensive and junior. Owning one’s limited experience level while describing the clinical supports in place is a much better way of responding, leading to enhanced credibility and respect on the part of the skeptical parents.

Growing Up Screen-Saturated: Teen Mental Health in the 2020s

Never has the adage “I was a teenager once too, you know” been more tone deaf to the experience of being a teenager than it is today. So much has changed in the past decade-plus, in ways that have altered the DNA of how kids communicate with one another, entertain and...

Adolescent Brain Research is Being Hijacked by Our Cultural Narrative Surrounding Adolescence

Adolescent Brain Research is Being Hijacked by Our Cultural Narrative Surrounding Adolescence

 Recent advances in brain research have confirmed for us that there are qualitative differences between the brain of an adolescent and that of an adult, impacting the way adolescents remember, think, reason, focus attention, make decisions, and relate. Dan Siegel,...

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