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August 2015 Newsletter

Preparing Your Teen For Therapy

by Paloma Chavez

Between raging hormones, demanding coursework, and school politics, there’s little room for teens to sort out their thoughts and feelings. Therapy can provide an excellent environment for an adolescent to talk through and adjust to difficult situations, improve social and cognitive skills, increase confidence, and develop into a well-rounded, successful adult. Helping teens understand what to expect before attending therapy will alleviate many concerns they might have.
 
Frequently asked questions include:

Q: What if my teen doesn’t want to go to therapy?

A: If a teen doesn’t want to go to therapy, we recommend that parents tell him/her that they have already scheduled a session with a therapist, and that he/she must come for that one scheduled session. At the end of the first session, the teen can make the decision on whether he/she would like to come back. Alternatively, if therapy is necessary for your teen, your teen can have the power of choosing his/her therapist rather than choosing whether he/she would like to attend therapy. Most teens find that therapy isn’t what they originally expected, and that it’s actually really nice to have someone to talk to. They usually decide to come back on their own, and feel more empowered for doing so.

Q: What if the therapist isn’t a good fit?

A: It’s very important that a teen feels comfortable with whom he/she is meeting. The therapist and client must be a good fit, both clinically and personality-wise, so that your teen opens up and learns to trust this person. If they don’t feel a connection, or don’t feel comfortable, make it clear that they can always voice their opinion and say so! If your teen does not feel a connection with the first therapist he/she sees, have your teen meet with a few more therapists to find a great fit. It’s important for teens to feel that the therapist with whom they are meeting is ultimately their choice — especially if it’s not their decision to be in therapy in the first place. 

Q: My teen is very concerned about privacy. How can I best ease this concern?

A: Teens feel reassured when they understand that the things they share with their therapist are completely confidential and can’t be shared with anyone, unless they talk about hurting themselves or others or about child abuse. The therapist, teen, and parents will talk in the first session about what information will and will not be shared with his/her parents. While the therapist, teen, and parents do work as a team, it is imperative that the teen be able to trust that the things he/she is sharing with the therapist will remain confidential.

Q: What can I say to prepare my teen for therapy?

A: Preparation is essential before beginning any sort of therapy. It’s best to be honest about the upcoming session and why your teen is going. If your teen is nervous or apprehensive about therapy, have him/her write down some questions about the process that they can discuss directly with their therapist.
 
Would you like additional guidance in preparing your teen for therapy? Contact us at 408.389.3538 to learn more about our approach and services.
 

About The Author

Paloma Chavez keeps Los Gatos Teen Therapy running smoothly as our office manager and intake coordinator. She is the first point of contact with our clients and is always available to support them. Paloma's positive attitude and friendly demeanor helps both clients and parents to feel more at ease with the therapy process.

It's Back! Fall 2015 Blog Series Kicks Off This October & November

Following the success of last year's blog series, Los Gatos Teen Therapy will kick off a fresh new series this Fall titled How To Build A Better Life With Your Teen. The blogs will again be authored by various members of the community, including doctors, therapists, educators, wellness professionals, and more, discussing topics such as behavior management and boundary setting, health and nutrition, depression and anxiety, recognizing and addressing drug use, and improving family wellness and engagement, among others. We'll publish a new blog three times per week throughout October and November.

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Meet Los Gatos Teen Therapy's 
Newest Team Members

Elisa Navarini, MFTI
In-Home Teen & Family Coach

Elisa has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Management, and Strength-Based Treatment. She brings nearly a decade of experience in the non-profit, mental health sector, in which she provided services to high-risk teens and their families at EMQ Families First as well as 1:1 behavioral coaching to youth in a Level-14 residential treatment facility.
Ashley Miranda-Campisi
Administrative Assistant

Ashley supports the Los Gatos Teen Therapy team with a variety of tasks. She attended Everest College in 2008 to become a Medical Administrative Assistant and previously worked for a chiropractic office. She also worked as a teacher and yard assistant at two local schools. She is very excited to join the team!
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Los Gatos Teen Therapy provides individual teen therapy, family therapy, group therapy, parent support counseling, and in-home teen and family coaching 7 days a week, including afternoons, evenings, and weekends. For more information, contact us at 408.389.3538 or information@losgatosteentherapy.com.
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