If any of these statements sound familiar, then we can help.
Ascend Psychological Associates offers a range of services to help teens and their families when problems hinder emotional growth and development.
We are committed to an approach to therapy that deals with underlying causes of problems and that assists teens create a strong psychological foundation for ongoing development.
When parents contact Ascend for help, an assessment is made to determine the nature of the problems and to establish a treatment plan based on this evaluation. Often, this plan includes a form of psychotherapy. It may include other interventions that supplement therapy, such as psychological testing. Adjunctive therapies, such as medication, may be recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
The foundation of therapy is the relationship with a trusted, specially-trained professional who can help young people deal with the causes of distress and help them acquire the psychological skills to cope more adaptively in the future.
Psychotherapy with teens is a collaborative endeavor with parents or caregivers. We help both parents and teens understand the developmental issues playing out at this important time. For parents, it can be a painful shift to see the child that spend 15 years running towards you is now pushing you away. For teens, the main developmental goal is finding an identity — which is not easy.
Therapy can help by providing a safe space for both parents and teens to explore how to make this new phase of life as healthy and productive as it can be.