Behavioral challenges, emotional difficulties, and mental health issues often reveal themselves in childhood and early adulthood. These challenges and issues can impact a young person’s functioning at home, in school, and in community. We view therapy as a partnership between youth, parents, other caregivers, and the clinician. Together, we help young people identify and understand their feelings, learn effective coping skills, and begin to heal from life’s challenges.
Failing grades, truancy, acute behavior challenges, or drug and alcohol use can start early. That’s why intervention must start early too, if we want to divert and prevent the escalation into more serious and dangerous behavior.
Sometimes young students and older youth experience social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges too acute for them to function in traditional schools. They require intensive therapeutic support and an education plan fitted to their specific needs.
Substance abuse is a critical issue among teens in our community, yet young people with substance use challenges have few affordable places to get help.