Adolescence is a unique time when sorting out questions about separating from parents and forming one’s own identity are the main struggles. When our world can be more dehumanizing than not, teens need to be guided back to their own feelings and helped to identify pleasurable activities that will not be harmful. Many teens see the benefit of having a person outside the family to sort out confusing feelings and make sense of the world.
When parents and teens are not hearing each other it can be helpful to meet together with the therapist together.
Dr. Hoffer has expertise in identifying and referring adolescents to wilderness programs and residential treatment when indicated.