The Best of Times…The Worst of Times
I’m convinced there was never a more difficult time to be a teenager girl than right now. I am passionate about helping girls succeed because never has there been a time with so many exciting options. At the same time, I feel a lioness’ roar in my chest against the way our culture is tearing our daughter’s apart. It truly is the best of times and the worst of times.
Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. in his book, Girls on the Edge, cites sexual identity, the cyber-bubble, obsessions and environmental toxins as being the four main factors that are driving our young girls into crisis. I would add 2 more: media and high expectations (usually their own) to those factors. Who can deny that “50 Shades of Grey”, and “13 Reasons Why” have introduced younger and younger audiences to difficult decisions and conversations that used to be reserved for adulthood. In my practice, I see girls that are so very talented but their own high expectations are pushing them to unhealthy mindsets and habits.
At a time when our girls have more possibilities for their futures than at any other time in history it seems they are being bombarded by a host of things that keep them from fully taking hold of everything they could be. Anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, addictions, and a host of other issues threaten to derail girls from every socioeconomic group.
Can I Help?
I work with adolescent and young adult girls to help them maneuver through the many obstacles that can keep them from accomplishing their goals. As a counsellor, I offer a place to unpack the difficult issues they are facing in their everyday life. As a coach I help them set attainable goals to keep them on track. Setting a goal and reaching it is a key to developing healthy self-esteem and gaining autonomy.
How I work
Although I work with individuals, I strongly believe in the family unit. I like to meet one or both parents at the beginning of the first appointment and discuss their concerns and desires for their daughter. I will maintain confidentiality with the daughter during our counselling sessions but will consult with the parents to make sure we are on the same page. I feel if I am not on the parent’s team then, in the end, I am not working for what’s best for the daughter and her future.
If you would like me to join your team in helping your daughter maneuver these difficult years, please contact me.
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Give me a call at 1-306-988-4880,
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Looking forward to talking with you!