It’s typical for teens to experiment with some risky behaviors or make questionable choices. Sometimes, though, teens put themselves in very dangerous situations, or make mistakes with lasting consequences. It’s also really hard being an adolescent girl today! Our teen girls are continuously bombarded with contradictory pressures: be both beautiful and modest, high-achieving and humble, sexually attractive and innocent. To add to the confusion, they face a lot of pressure to experiment with intimacy and conform to harmful gender stereotypes. In a society that places an increasing emphasis on girls’ sexuality and appearance, many girls become more and more confused as they talk less and less to their parents and trusted adults. Many young women struggle to navigate these complex expectations with little adult support during puberty, an already-turbulent developmental time for young teens. Meanwhile, normal brain development at this age makes it difficult for kids to think long-term or make decision based on real-life consequences.
All of this can lead to dangerous behaviors around dieting, exercise, sexual activity, and selecting the right friends. Even when parents are doing their very best, this can be a challenging time. I have a true passion and gift in my work with young girls and have had great success helping teen girls and their families manage the challenges of adolescence. I combine my training in behavioral therapy, sexual trauma, my work with at-risk girls, and a media-savvy approach to help your girl. Together, we’ll use an exploration-based dialogue to give your daughter the tools she needs for healthy development, confidence, and strong decision-making skills.