Kelsey Parker, MFT

Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and families

Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and families in San Francisco, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Advanced training in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy for Adolescents

Adolescence can often be a complicated time for both teens and their parents. Dramatic changes occur at physical, psychological, social, and emotional levels, which can sometimes leave teens and parents feeling confused, anxious, and uncertain. For many adolescents there is an effort to grapple with their ambivalence around the reality and the wish for greater independence from their parents or caregivers. Additionally, parents may feel frustrated and frightened when they believe their son or daughter is engaging in behaviors that are risky or counterproductive.

Teens like to have a place to talk with someone who can help them sort out their thoughts and feelings. Many do this with their friends. At times parents can provide the listening ear or shoulder to lean on. However, most adolescents' desires for privacy and their efforts to develop a sense of themselves as more independent can make it hard to open up to their caregivers. This can be difficult for some parents as they may end up feeling left out, or worried. I think it's often an appropriate goal in therapy with adolescents to help them and their parents to open or maintain productive communication. 

Talk therapy for adolescents can be used to help with a number of issues. I work with teens who are having trouble academically, are struggling with self-esteem issues, feel anxious or uncertain about their sexuality, are isolated or depressed, are experiencing grief or are encountering some kind of loss or transition. In particular, I specialize in treating adolescents with eating disorders.  

 
Most of us were probably less than immaculately honest as teenagers; it’s practically encoded into adolescence that you savor your secrets, dress in disguise, carve out some space for experiments and accidents and all the combustible lab work of becoming who you are.
— Nancy Gibbs
 
 

© 2012 Kelsey Parker, MA, MFT
California Lic. No. MFC 98490