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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,...

Why I Never Discuss Treatment Goals with My Teenage Therapy Clients

Why I Never Discuss Treatment Goals with My Teenage Therapy Clients

Many therapists might start their teen counseling sessions with a discussion of treatment goals, but that’s the last thing I’ll ever be caught doing. Better suited for therapy with adults, who typically are self-referred and have thought enough about therapy to actually have treatment goals, pointed conversations with new teen clients about goals for problems they may not even have acknowledged is a real non-starter. We get much more traction by offering relationships and conversations in therapy that matter enough to our young clients they want to come back for more.

Building Rapport with Your Teenage Therapy Clients  How do you get it? How do you know when you have it?

Building Rapport with Your Teenage Therapy Clients How do you get it? How do you know when you have it?

Most therapists think of therapeutic rapport as something that builds over time between therapist and client, time being the major factor in consolidating the relationship. Many are surprised then, when, after weeks of pleasant-ish conversation, the client suddenly drops out of therapy. It’s because there’s no traction in pleasant. Rapport needs traction to grow, not time, traction being that quality of an interpersonal encounter that genuinely and mutually interests and engages both parties.

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