Therapy for Moms of Teens

 
 

The roadmap for parenting has been pretty clear so far: teach your children to walk, talk, read, write, and encourage them to be overall good people…

But now, as your teenagers approach adulthood, there are so many more options and choices in front of them. you notice as They start forming their own opinions and values. even when you don’t agree with their choices or behaviors, you want to find a way to grow closer rather than further apart.

You didn’t used to struggle as much to connect with your children. If they were giving you a hard time over something, you were able to lay down the law and enforce ground rules. It wasn’t always a tug of war just to have a conversation. In fact, you got along pretty well most of the time.

Yet, somewhere along the way, you started to notice a distance growing between the two of you and it felt like your baby was slipping away. You’re not sure what this change in your relationship says about you as a mom, and you wonder if there’s more that you should be doing to ensure your teenager stays on the right path.

Now here you are, afraid that you’re no longer going to be that guiding force in your teen’s life.

A lot of the time you feel anxious because the harder you try to reach your children, the further they pull away from you. Sometimes it seems like you won’t ever be as close to them as you once were. What used to feel like a tight knit relationship is now evolving into something you can hardly recognize.

That’s not to say you thought raising teenagers would be easy.

You knew that they would be figuring out who they are, but you expected to have a bigger role in the process.

You never predicted you’d be so thrown off by your child growing up and you certainly didn’t think that this stage would come with such a lack of respect.


When you seek therapy as a Mom of a Teen from Marti Weiler, LCSW

  • You will work through your fears and insecurities and feel more in control as you move forward with your teen.

  • You will identify where the new lines and rules are so that you and your teen both feel respected.

  • You will explore different parenting techniques and replace the ones that are no longer serving you or your children.

  • You will better understand what triggers your anxiety and anger and learn how to cope with these feelings and better respond to them.

  • You will start to process and accept that parenting teens and adults is different than what you’ve done before.


Therapy for Moms of Teens: The Process

This therapeutic approach is intended to help you better navigate this phase of parenting so you can grow with your child and maintain a close relationship.

Together, you and I will work through these obstacles in order to face and embrace these new situations.

We will meet online, every week for 50 minute sessions for a minimum of 6-8 weeks and you will start to regain a sense of confidence in yourself.


Here’s What to Expect

Technology: Like traditional therapy, talking online is face-to-face and sessions are kept confidential by using an encrypted HIPAA compliant platform. As long as you have a front facing camera on your phone, tablet, or computer, you can take advantage of online counseling. Most clients appreciate the ease of access, avoiding commute time, parking issues, having to take time out of work and/or finding child care.

Consult: In our free 20 minute consultation I’ll aim to get a sense of what is going on for you and how you can best be helped.  I’ll let you know if I think that therapy would be useful. We’ll get a good sense of each other when we talk, which will help us to know if I’m the best fit for you.  By the end, we’ll decide together if moving on to a full assessment is the best next step.

Intake: Our first session will consist of an intake assessment. Think of it as a mental health check up. I’ll ask you a lot of questions and get a good sense of who you are and how you might be helped. I will also offer recommendations for treatment. The intake is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and about the process of therapy. Typically, by the end of the first or second session, we will have established a clear set of treatment goals and a plan about how to best meet them. The first session is not a commitment to therapy. You can choose to proceed or not. If you decide to move forward, the therapeutic relationship begins after the intake assessment is complete.


More About Marti

As a Clinical Social Worker, I help you move through parenting conflicts by targeting the unhelpful strategies you currently use at home and working with you to create to a toolbox of new skills that you can use to diffuse the tension within your family.

I help moms of teenagers go from feeling irritable and anxious to feeling grounded and secure.

When I work with women, I pull from my toolbox of interventions that stem from relational therapy, CBT, narrative therapy, and mindfulness to help them regain a sense of security and improve their quality of life.

I am passionate about helping you become the best version of yourself, and I believe that with the right tools, you can live a meaningful life surrounded by people who appreciate you and respect your needs.

You can read more about my training and specialties HERE.


Therapy for Moms of Teens: Who Benefits Most?

This therapeutic approach is best for moms who are struggling with both parenting and maintaining a strong relationship with their teen.

You will benefit from this type of support if:

  • Your teen tests every boundary you set and doesn’t respect ground rules.

  • You’re feeling insecure and don’t know what you’re doing anymore as a parent.

  • You’re afraid that as you loosen the reins your teen won’t make choices you approve of.

There are times when therapy for moms of teens is not the best fit. These include:

  • Your child is no longer a high school student, but is not progressing toward adulthood. If this is the case, CLICK HERE.

  • Your children have all left the home and are living on their own and you’re struggling to adapt to this new lifestyle. If this sounds like you, CLICK HERE.

Although there are many benefits of online therapy, it is not always a good match for everyone. If you are interested in learning more and want to know if online therapy is the right fit for you, feel free to submit a contact form or email marti@martiweiler.com.


Therapy for Moms of Teens: Investment

Initial Consultation - 20 minutes - FREE
Intake - 90 Minutes - $240
Individual Psychotherapy - 50 Minutes - $160

I accept payment by credit card through the client portal in TheraNest.

Insurance: I am an out-of-network provider. This means that I do not bill insurance companies directly. If your insurance company will pay for services for providers who are out-of-network, I can give you a receipt for your services with the required information. Depending on your benefits and plan, you may be able to get a portion of your fee reimbursed. I make no guarantees about the level of reimbursement you may receive. Please contact your insurance company directly to find out more. If needed, I can provide you with a list of questions to ask your insurer out about your benefits. It is the client’s responsibility to research this information prior to beginning therapy.

How can I schedule a session? I offer online session to anyone who is a resident of New York State or Virginia. Click the following button to request an online consultation:


Your Next Steps

It is possible to have healthier family relationships as you enter this next phase of parenting.

You will be better able to manage difficult behaviors and set appropriate boundaries so that both you and your teenager feel respected. You will also see that you can evolve with your children as they age, so that your relationships can strengthen and you can be there for them in the ways that they need you most.

Right now, connecting with teenage and young adult children might feel far off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start taking the necessary steps to reduce the tension and build a foundation for a stronger family system.

Ultimately, you’ll find a way to move past the uncertainty and start seeing the many ways in which having adult children can be exciting and meaningful for everyone.