Turbulent Teens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…


Charles Dickens wrote those lines in “A Tale of Two Cities” referring to the time leading up to the French Revolution. However, he could have been writing about the turbulent teens!


Working as a therapist at a Portland area high school allows me a front row seat to the drama that is adolescence. It is truly a time of emotional extremes – of sweet hope and deep despair. Adjusting family life to life with teenagers can feel like a monumental task. We don’t understand where our children have gone and where these new creatures have come from.

Adolescence is a time of tremendous brain development and all the changes in their brains lead to some of the roller coaster of feelings and behaviors that we see in them. A greater understanding of the underlying neuroscience can help teens and parents more effectively manage the changes and their evolving relationships.

My parenting program Relate with Joy™ can help you and your teen reconnect and enjoy these years. It’s never too late to find the way back to a loving, caring relationship. It’s a lot of work and it’s really worth it. Give me a call and we’ll find the path.