Adolescence can be a challenging time in one’s life and addressing these challenges during a child’s critical developmental years can set the stage for a happier, healthier future.
When working with adolescent patients, psychologists at the Lukin Center strive to uphold the adolescent’s privacy while supporting the parent(s) and prioritizing the adolescent’s safety. We focus on four main issues that affect adolescents, including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and Behavior Disruptive Disorders, such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder.
Facing these difficult or complex emotional issues as children and adolescents makes them vulnerable given their lack of life experience and coping skills. Symptoms of anxiety and depression can hinder adolescents’ ability to create or function within a positive, supportive family and social network, in turn exacerbating their symptoms. These symptoms also negatively impact their identity development, leading to poor self-esteem and low self-worth.
Adolescents with ADHD or Disruptive Behavior Disorders typically have difficulty with time management, poor social functioning, low academic achievement, and may also be irritable, impulsive, and hard to manage. There are obvious implications for the effects of these issues on an adolescent’s life, including reputations as unreliable students or friends, difficulty pursuing further education based on prior academic functioning, trouble with authority, and a lack of social support.
At the Lukin Center, psychologists intervene within a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) frame with the goal of helping adolescents learn about their psychological functioning to promote greater mental health. Psychologists focus on first identifying the associations between an adolescent’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, then addressing the maladaptive patterns, and providing psycho-education, feedback, and guidance to build stronger, healthier connections.
CBT techniques are also used to help adolescents improve their time-management, problem-solving, and social skills. In addition to the commonly used CBT techniques aimed to elucidate relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, role-plays are often utilized to help adolescents practice interacting with peers or authority to improve interpersonal interaction. We also work closely with the parents, providing psycho-education and parent management training to help parents regain a sense of balance in their relationships with their adolescents, supporting the parent(s)’ status while simultaneously promoting the adolescents’ autonomy.
We strive to provide patients with an atmosphere where they can achieve set mental health and personal development milestones, utilizing the latest evidenced-based treatments and therapies.- Konstantin Lukin, Ph.D. -