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?

  This is something many recent graduates experience as they start working with clients without the “protective” title of intern. Even more seasoned clinicians get a wary look from parents who interpret a cautiousness or tentativeness or youthful appearance as...
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,...
Empathizing With People Who Are Different From You

Empathizing With People Who Are Different From You

  People often say they find it easier to empathize with individuals with whom they share a history or religion or culture or occupation than with individuals with whom they feel they have little in common. At first blush it makes sense; you figure you can 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?

When we first learned about therapy and the importance of a good therapeutic alliance, our attention was directed toward a small but unwavering group of principles that were understood to be critical in fostering this kind of connection. We were taught to demonstrate...