If you are reading this, you are probably feeling very skeptical and guarded. Chances are that you have had many adults come in and out of your life, and you have felt that they do not understand you. There may have even been some traumas involving adults. You may have been to a therapist, or multiple therapists, but you still feel like you need something more. This is where I can help you.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I have two sons, ages 19 and 12, whom I love and adore. We don't always agree, and we certainly do not always get along. Sometimes I get mad at them, and vice versa. We have one rule in our house: RESPECT. This goes for me, as well as them, and it works pretty well, most of the time. I do not get a free pass because I am an adult, and I do not talk down to them. Everyone has an equal say in what happens in the family, and no one has to do something "just because I say so." I am not a perfect parent (whatever that means!), and I don't expect them to be the perfect kids. I like to think we embrace reality around here. If either of them has a question about ANYTHING, whether it be sex, drugs, or rock and roll, they have complete "immunity," meaning, they are allowed to ask questions without getting in trouble. I want them to be able to come to me with their problems, and not fear judgment or punishment from me. It is a safe space.

When I was growing up, I was a nightmare for my family. I rebelled because I did not feel my family accepted me for who I really was, and felt that they only cared about who THEY wanted me to be. This resulted in a major "disconnect," and I was in a lot of dangerous situations because I didn't feel I could be honest with my parents. I knew they loved me, but that just wasn't enough, and I didn't trust them. I felt judged, and misunderstood. No matter what you have done, or are thinking about doing, it is very important for you to have someone to talk to who loves you, and has life experience, so they can guide you and help you make good decisions. It is also vitally important that you are given the space to make your own mistakes and learn your own lessons.

I believe that tweens, teens, and young adults are some of the most misunderstood and hurting people on the planet. My son's friends come to me for advice often, and sometimes, just to talk. It saddens me that kids don't feel they can really be honest with their parents, because this is where it gets dangerous. I know that most kids are afraid they will "get in trouble," so they don't share certain things with adults. I want to help you develop a relationship with your parents where you can share (pretty much) EVERYTHING and have no fear of being judged or punished. In fact, you may find that your parents can really help you to deal with some of your problems, and you don't have to feel alone.

If that sounds like something you would like, let's talk. The first call is FREE and 100% confidential. Go HERE to set it up, or simply call (424) 241-0768. Talk to you soon!