As a parent seeking therapy for your adolescent child, you may wonder what your role will be as your child establishes a confidential and deeply personal relationship with the therapist. Over the course of your child’s therapy, you may have many questions and concerns.
The prominent psychologist Erik Erikson in 1968 described adolescents as "shiftless Wanderschaft"—shiftless wanderers, implying that adolescents are best served by helping them focus on the future and getting down to the work of becoming adults. In my therapeutic work with adolescents and their families, my aim is not only to support these important tasks of adolescence but to also highlight and give space to what it means to be an adolescent—child no longer but not an adult.
By way of welcoming and introducing you to this blog, I begin with the ancient and timeless words of the Sufi poet Rumi as he speaks of stories, myths, and an opening.
An opening. . . . . .
Take a moment and feel how those words resonate in your body.