Services for Pre-Teens & Teens

 

Therapy & Counseling

Believe it or not, the brain sees the most development outside the first three years of life from ages 11-24! This means that the rapid rate of growth, habit-forming, and decision-making skills are all being primed for adulthood right here and now. Combined with changing hormones, friends and life in general, pre-teen and teen years can be a struggle. Not knowing where you fit in either as a teen or a parent is a really common feeling at this age. It’s also the age in which many signs of mental un-wellness start to surface.

At Grow, we welcome you and your child ages 11 and up to get connected in a space that’s warm, inviting, comfortable and compassionate. Whether you’re struggling with parenting a pre-teen or teen or have a child that is struggling either outwardly or inwardly, it can be incredibly helpful to know there’s someone to talk to. Our therapists work with pre-teens and teens in the areas of: depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and confidence building, impulse-control, navigating friendships and relationships, issues with body image and/or eating disorders, along with helping them identify emotions and what to do with them (both the good and the not-so-good), learn mindfulness, self-compassion authenticity and more.

Our therapists also run groups and workshops for you and your adolescent as well:

 

Groups & Workshops

Project Self Compassion

Project Self Compassion is a weekly support group created for teen girls who are interested in increasing self-awareness, cultivating inner strength, improving emotional resiliency and learning to better manage relationships.   By sharing experiences in a group setting, members will gain the tools and strategies to help manage challenging emotions.  

SELF COMPASSION – teaches us to accept emotions --not judge them  or ourselves.

SELF COMPASSION – allows us to open up and make room for all emotions – allowing them to flow freely through without evaluation or resistance. 

SELF COMPASSION – kindness towards ourselves -- being as kind to ourselves as we are to those we care about.

SELF COMPASSION – understanding we share a common humanity, acknowledging suffering of all people.  Suffering is not abnormal, but part of the human condition.

This group is led by Michaele (Shelly) Knous, MA, LCPC. Shelly works with individuals (adolescents, teens, and adults), couples and families, and always personalizes her approach to meet the therapeutic needs of her clients by combining conventional methods, along with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.

Max 10 participants. Cost is $275.

 

Bird by Bird for Teens

Our eight-week CBT- and DBT-inspired process group for teens ages 15-18 diagnosed with depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Led by Emily Keehn, MA, LPC this group focuses on skills-based tools, techniques and healthy coping along with process-oriented topics such as worthiness, belonging, cultivating creativity, living wholeheartedly and learning to live a more present-minded and connected life along with building supportive relationships.

Emily uses a mindfulness-based approach to support awareness of self in daily life guiding individuals to identify innate strengths to support autonomy and growth towards a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Brain-power and the human spirit can nurture amazing transformations and there is no better time than the present moment!

Max 10 participants. Cost is $275.

 

Active Parenting of Teens™

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Parenting teens and tweens can be the Best of times and the Worst of times.  In this class you will learn what’s going on in your teen’s head, which will help you figure out why they do the things they do.  You’ll learn how to open up lines of communication, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discipline effectively.  We will also explore techniques for solving the inevitable problems that crop up.  The skills you learn in this class will give you more confidence and courage to meet the challenges, and savor the joys, or your children’s teen years.

Led by Pamela Caine, a certified Family Life Coach, an Active Parenting Trainer, a Love and Logic Facilitator, and a Gottman trained educator.  Pam has a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in Family Science and she has been a family advocate and school teacher for 20 years. Pam is married, has four children from junior high school age to college, and is an active and adventurous hiker, biker and skier who loves travel with her family and walks with her dog, Alta.