Finding a Therapist

Let me guide you through the process of finding a therapist that will be a good fit for you and your teen daughter. Mom, when you find yourself second guessing yourself way too much, when you and your daughter are in a stalemate where it seems absolutely impossible to get through to each other, when there is some very serious addiction, dating violence, an out of control family situation, such as a nasty divorce, it’s time for professional help.

First try to get a good recommendation from a trusted friend who had success with her therapist with advice on dealing more effectively with her teen daughter. A recommendation from your family physician or some person in the mental health field is helpful as well.

Once you have the appointment for the consultation trust your gut and ask yourself the following:

  • Does this psychotherapist understand what I am communicating?
  • Does she/he make me feel understood and comfortable?
  • Is she/he in my corner and working hard at being unbiased?
  • Does the therapist have a good sense of humor?
  • Is she/he well trained, licensed, certified and has many year of experience advising and coaching Moms about building emotional bridges with their teenage daughters(s).
  • Does this therapist put a positive spin and offer me the hope that our collaboration together will help strengthen my relationship with my daughter?

The best results I have found in strengthening the bond for Mom and her daughter is a psycho-educational interactive approach. I am extremely comfortable with giving feedback, scripting and coaching Mom in what she can say to her daughter to get through and to know when to listen. I have also found it very helpful to suggest reading selections and articles on the subject being discussed.

As Moms and Dads we need to put in so much energy, effort and work into becoming effective communicative warm and loving parents. Our children need our unconditional love, and emotional support, with age appropriate expectations, with firm limits and boundaries put into effect.

I will help you get through the tough times and know from my heart that, THIS TOO SHALL PASS. They are not teens forever and with effort and faith you will have a very solid relationship with your young adult and thereafter.


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