Adolescent and Family Psychologist

TEEN SPACE AT LEPAGE ASSOCIATES

We have a host of accommodations for the adolescents and families we serve! In addition to our usual compilation of age-appropriate therapeutic games and activities, we now have: a game room with a pool table; a media room; and a campus with outdoor therapy space and walking trails. Our team is highly experienced in connecting with adolescents to make therapy useful. While adult-style talk therapy in an office works very well for some teens, we recognize some teens need a different approach. The media room is useful for teens who can better express how they feel using media resources, such as DVDs, CDs, and the computer. We can watch a movie clip that is meaningful to them, or we can show a movie clip we think might help them better express how they feel or gain a deeper understanding of a topic. Similarly we can incorporate listening to a teen’s favorite song into therapy, as adolescents often connect to songs that have meaning in their own lives. We also sometimes invite our teens to sit outside on the lawn and talk versus staying in the office, and, with parent’s permission, we back up to the American Tobacco Trail and can take teens for a walk while we talk. (Some of our parents take advantage of the Trail and get their own exercise while their teen is in session!) Our facilities and campus are as good as it gets!

 

THERAPY FOR TEENAGERS

  • Self-Exploration & Self-Improvement:
  • Who Am I & Who Do I Want To Be?
  • Setting Goals for Personal Growth
  • Building Self-Esteem, Motivation & Confidence
  • Understanding My Role In Actions, Reactions & Consequences
  • Taking Personal Responsibility
  • Developing & Maintaining Healthy Friendships
  • Understanding Oneself in Relationships
  • Boyfriends & Girlfriends
  • Making Decisions About Sex
  • Dealing With Drugs & Alcohol
  • Getting Along With Family Members
  • Navigating Family Politics
  • Dealing With Sibling Rivalry
  • Balancing Independence & Parents
  • Coping With Separation or Divorce
  • Living With Parents Who Always Fight
  • Finding A Way To Be Happy In An Unhappy Home
  • Figuring Out Feelings:
  • What Is This Feeling? What Can I Do About It?
  • Working Through Painful Emotions:
  • Anger, Confusion, Sadness, Anxiety
  • Aggression Isn’t The Answer:
  • Learning to Work Things Through Without Yelling or Hitting
  • Developing Healthy Ways To Cope With Stress
  • Adjusting to High School
  • Adjusting to Junior High
  • Setting Goals for Academic Success
  • Handling Academic Pressure
  • Preparing for College
  • Career Counseling

TIME-LIMITED DRUG & ALCOHOL DIVERSION GROUP FOR JUVENILES

  • “High” On Life

COUPLES & FAMILY ISSUES

COUPLES THERAPY

  • Strengthening the Family Foundation
  • Negotiating Differences in Parenting Styles

FAMILY THERAPY

  • There Must Be A Way To Get Along
  • Dealing with A Difficult Teenager
  • Coping with Teenage Illness: Physical Illness, Mental Health Diagnoses, Learning Disabilities

TIME-LIMITED PARENTING GROUP

  • Parenting Teenagers

EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS

  • IQ Testing
  • To determine academic strengths and weaknesses of all teens;
  • also identifies giftedness and mental retardation
  • Achievement Testing
  • To determine mastery of specific subjects
  • AD/HD Testing
  • To determine the presence of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • LD Testing
  • To determine the presence of a Learning Disorder
  • Full Psycho educational Testing
  • All of the above plus ruling out the influence of mental health conditions
  • More in-depth information on Evaluations

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS 

FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

  • Individual & Family Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluations

To assist with diagnostic clarification & treatment recommendations

Time-Limited Drug & Alcohol Diversion Group for Juveniles

  •  “High” On Life

SEPARATION & DIVORCE / FAMILY COURT MATTERS

The Center for Separating with Civility & Divorcing with Dignity® (Click Here for  information on our unique divorce services center; the only Center in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Page contains a wealth of information regarding all facets of divorce: choosing the right process for you and your family; child issues; financial issues.)

  • Individual Therapy: Single Parenting
  • Individual Therapy: Reworking Your Life Plan