Adolescent Therapy with Robert Mitchell PhD in Belmont California

Adolescent Therapy in Belmont California

Is your adolescent having trouble communicating? Are you worried about your adolescent's reactions to life's common stresses? Or are you concerned about the long-term effects of a traumatic event on your child? No matter your reason for enlisting the help of an adolescent psychologist, I may be able to help.

Helping Your Adolescent One Step at a Time

It's not always easy to get through to adolescents or understand what's bothering them emotionally. That's why I take a patient, thorough approach to adolescent therapy. When you bring your adolescent in for therapy, I will take the time to get to know him or her, learning about their background and home life. From there, we'll develop a treatment plan designed to help your adolescent become happier and well-adjusted.Robert Mitchell PhD.

When your adolescent is suffering emotionally, it's natural for you, as a parent, to feel frustrated, upset want to do everything you can to protect those you love. If you feel you need an adolescent psychologist, consider Searching Pathways Therapy for help. Book online or call today (650) 394-4473


Frequently Asked Questions


How do you work with adolescents?

There are some therapists who tend to focus on problems or pathologies, often seeing the adolescent's behavior as maladaptive. Although there may be value in that, it is not the way I choose to work. I hold a large degree of respect for all my clients and with adolescents that often translates into respect for their autonomy. I tend to work from the perspective of understanding their thought processes and their decision making steps. We'll examine their actions and figure out how these actions might be helping them and how they might be holding them back.
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If my adolescent tells you something I think I should know about will you tell me?

For the most part, no I won't unless the adolescent gives me permission to do so. There are exceptions that we will discuss when we first meet, but most likely your adolescent will only confide with me if there is confidentiality. What I will do is explore the situation with its possible outcomes and facilitate your adolescent in making decisions from an informed place. I will also explore why you are excluded from knowing about the situation and explore ways to include you.
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What if my teenager says he/she doesn't want to (or need to) see a psychologist?

It is not uncommon for adolescents to resist the idea of ‘seeing someone'. They often assume that they are being blamed for problems and punished by having to meet with the doctor. There can be a stigma associated with going to a psychologist. They sometimes assume that this means everyone thinks they're “crazy.” I recommend being honest with your adolescent about the appointment. In other words, don't tell them you're going to get ice cream or to a movie only to bring them to an appointment. They'll feel betrayed and will very likely become even more resistant to the idea. I also encourage you to present this as not being that uncommon. More people than ever are consulting with psychologists. There are psychologists here in Silicon Valley that work with corporate executives on doing their jobs better and college athletes on overcoming their doubts about performing at their best! There is a good possibility that many of their classmates are seeing a therapist. I also suggest you show them my website.
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What if my teenager refuses to come to an appointment?

I suggest you leave them at home and come to the appointment yourself. I will get a better understanding of your situation and attempt to offer some tools or suggestions on how to handle your teen. We'll spend the appointment discussing how you, as a parent, should respond to the refusal. This may also give you the opportunity to express your frustration about your situation with your teen. I believe that families function as systems. Just like a rock thrown into a pool of water causes ripples that affect the entire pool, changes in one part of a family will produce ripple effects in all parts. So, the work that we do in a parent session can even be more powerful and effective than working directly with your adolescent.
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My adolescent is struggling and I'm thinking that therapy might be helpful. My partner isn't quite enthused about our child coming in to therapy. What should I do?

It's rather common for one parent to feel uncomfortable about their child going into therapy or therapy in general. I'm happy to talk with your partner about his or her concerns, or if it is still uncomfortable, you may want to come in alone and we can chat about your situation. That's fine, too. While it's my preference to see both parents, I understand that sometimes this isn't possible. So, give me a call and, if necessary, you can come in by yourself.
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