Adolescent Psychotherapy

Between the beginning of puberty and adulthood an adolescent’s sense of self must adapt to changes in physical shape, size, appearance, and capabilities. The social aspect of these changes requires one to be less dependent on parents, to move towards separation from the family, and to develop greater intimacy in relationships (to name a few of the challenges of adolescence). To successfully achieve adulthood one must be able to internally navigate one’s relationship with oneself and his or her internal world of relationships with others in a new context. The consequences of not managing the internal tasks of adolescence result in various emotional and/ or behavioral problems, such as depression or antisocial behaviors. Psychotherapy works to address these problems and resume healthy development.