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Teen & Pre-teen Counseling: 

          Compassionate Connections for Change

The journey from childhood to adulthood is a critical time of development and identity formation.

 

There are numerous emotional strains affecting teens today that may result in the need for psychotherapy.  Teens today face a great deal of pressure at school and socially.  Issues like low self-esteem, conflict with siblings or classmates, depression, eating disorders, distractibility, and substance abuse need to be addressed, and not ignored.

 

It takes a therapist with a specific skill set to be able to create the type of therapeutic relationship and environment in which teens thrive.  Beth loves helping teens end cycles of frustration and take a fresh look at themselves and their lives so they can discover who they are and are meant to be.

While working at Northern Virginia Family Service, Beth developed a teen anger-management program called Equipping Teens, and presented it for several years.  She worked with teens that were court-ordered into treatment, as well as teens on long-term suspension from school.  She notes that in leading many groups, “I was moved by the difficulties and chaos some teens face in their lives, and I could often see the strengths and dreams hiding beneath a toughened and surly part of them.”  She views anger management truly as a means of self-management and emotion regulation.  

 

Her training in mindfulness and stress reduction guides her work with teens, and she offers several expressive therapies including sand tray work and drawing, to assist her younger clients.  In her anger management classes, she taught teens to “breathe through their feet,” or to blow bubbles with a wand, in order to make breath meditation fun and doable.  She discovered that teens take to mindfulness naturally, and were especially responsive to a guided meditation she wrote that uses the image of a hot-air balloon to access and sustain a less-stressed and calmer mind space.

 

At Beth Spring Therapy, teens feel cared about and understood.  They explore effective ways to solve problems and manage obstacles and barriers on life’s sometime bumpy road so they can discover the best way forward for themselves.