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Therapy Process

Building Rapport | Identifying  the Problem | Learning & Practice | Mastery

Working as a team we will create a solution-oriented plan of action to help your child accomplish their goals.

Phase ONE – Building Rapport


“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”  - Stacia Tauscher (Author)

As an experienced practitioner, I understand that my first priority is to build mutual respect and understanding with your family, and most importantly your child. Gaining a teen’s trust and respect is vital to the success of any therapeutic relationship.  A wealth of life and professional experience provides me the ability to connect with a wide range of clients.

Phase TWO – Identifying the Problem

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”

-       Vernon Howard (Author)

I will provide the framework for your child to process and understand the scope, depth and nature of his/her problem. Together we will explore new options and opportunities for growth and development.  Along the way, we will identify your child’s interests, capabilities, and strengths.


Phase THREE – Learning & Practice

“I believe we learn by practice…Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles...”Martha Graham (Dancer)

Based on our mutually agreed upon action plan, your child will learn and practice skills to navigate challenges independently. Learning new ways to communicate, behave, and think empowers teens to solve the most difficult life problems.  Together we will learn and practice:


  • Relaxation techniques such as abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization

  • Accepting an alternative viewpoint or perspective

  • Assertive communication

  • Realistic self-reflection and self-perception


Phase FOUR –  Mastery and Maintenance

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” -  Clay P. Bedford (Engineer)


Mastery over problems builds confidence, character, and greater independence. Ultimately, your child will become his/her own coach to handle life‘s challenges using newly learned life practices. With confidence and a new curiosity for life, your child will begin to search deeper inwardly and reach further outwardly into the world.
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