The biggest clue your teen has experienced a trauma or sudden separation/loss could be the thought: “My teen just isn’t the same person anymore.” A trauma is a life-changing event that creates a profound sense of terror, sadness, or loss of safety for the people involved. Going through an event like this leaves your teen feeling helpless, purposeless, disconnected, and generally unsafe. They may be suddenly defiant when they were previously helpful. They may isolate themselves in their room, and stop connecting with their friends. Perhaps they refuse to go to familiar places, won’t do the activities they used to do, and refuse to talk about what happened. Perhaps it’s the opposite - you see that they won’t stop talking about it, and now they can’t concentrate, can’t get their work done, just seem “out of it.” Maybe you just can’t seem to reach them anymore. You’ve become clueless about what will “work” parenting wise. And likely you’re struggling yourself with all your thoughts and feelings about what’s happened. Interventions which address multiple aspects of a traumatized person and system will move your teen and you back toward reclaiming a sense of safety, and living a full, meaningful life.
MEET JOSIE MCCALL, LSW
I am a therapist and licensed social worker. I specialize in working with children and teens that are struggling to feel confident in their own skin and have trouble fitting in with peers. I have a passion for working with children and teens that are socially isolated, shy, and have low self-esteem. Empowering them to shine as the amazing person they are is a central part of the work we will do together.
MEET LINDSAY BUTLER, LPC
Hi! I’m Lindsay. I specialize in working with teens and adults struggling with stress management, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. In my work with clients, we explore negative thinking and how it impacts mood and behavior, learn healthy coping skills to help regulate and tolerate tough emotions, and build a strong sense of self that is empowered and capable of success.
MEET AMY MARLOW- MACOY, LPC
I understand what it’s like to feel utterly overwhelmed by the problems in your life, to feel like you might drown in the tide of someone else’s needs and expectations. I want to help you with that. Clients who have benefitted most from working with me often describe themselves as the peacekeepers, mediators, or “fix-it” people within their circles.
I am passionate about helping you learn to balance taking care of yourself with caring for your loved ones. I currently offer individual and group therapy for adults as well as individual therapy for teen girls. If you’re sick of being pulled in too many directions, feeling not good enough, and feeling guilty for wanting to take care of yourself, give me a call.