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Walking Through the Fire

You know your kid is smart enough to do well in high school and get into a good college, but he just doesn’t seem to care. Every time you try to talk to him about goals or motivation, he tunes you out and you either give up or start a fight. You don’t know what’s going on with him these days. Maybe he’s drinking, smoking some dope, or maybe he’s just depressed or anxious. You could take him to a doctor and get a diagnosis, but then what? Is a pill going to change this pattern that feels so permanent? What are you supposed to do?

Maybe your kid has already made it through high school, but she just can’t seem to get things started. Maybe she went away to college, but came home after a semester or two to sort things out – which means living at home and putting off any challenging decisions. Or maybe she’s taking a couple of classes at the local community college while she figures out a career she might be interested in. But to you, it looks an awful lot like watching TV all day, eating your food, and hanging out with her friends while you pay her bills. What’s going on with her? Why can’t she get motivated?

These scenarios are all too common in our culture today. Mental health experts have all sorts of labels for these conditions, and medicine that may or may not help. The truth is that adolescence and young adulthood are two of the most challenging periods of transition in human development, and a lot of people need extra support and guidance to successfully navigate these critical stages. I call these times of passage “walking through the fire.” If you feel like you’ve hit a wall with a teen or young adult in your life, and you don’t know how to help them, let me reach out to them. I create a safe, secure environment in which I listen empathetically, validate their feelings, help them sort through options, and ultimately connect with an authentic set of their own values that will guide them toward a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.

Call today for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see how I might help: (512) 626-3450

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