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.
Too many young people get stuck in the juvenile justice system because they don’t have access to mental health services and comprehensive treatment. Their psychiatric issues may be precursors to their criminal offenses, and untreated, may impede their rehabilitation, too.