Attachment in the teen years can be challenging to navigate. As a child transitions to adolescence, their primary attachment with caregivers now shifts to peers.
They reach for autonomy and freedom, some of which they are not ready for.
Parents must balance giving just enough but not too much freedom, modeling interdependence and relationship health…setting the child up for success instead of hard life lessons. If there’s been an attachment trauma, or other trauma, this will impact the parent-child relationship in ways that can exacerbate mental health challenges. The transition of the teenage years can then become complicated.
You’ll learn to:
Discover ways that parents can encourage appropriate autonomy seeking
Heal attachment trauma if it is present
Help children to understand the shift in attachment taking place during the teen years
Explain interdependence versus independence
Implement interventions to use with teens and families to promote healthy attachment and avoid attachment ruptures!
Christina Reese, PhD, LCPC, has been working with children and their families for over 20 years and uses play therapy, art therapy and cognitive behavior therapies to help families solve problems. She has been the director of an outpatient mental health clinic and has worked in private practice as a court ordered therapist and in residential treatment centers. She works with a variety of diagnoses from ADHD to Oppositional Defiant Behavior, Bipolar and Mood Disorders, and Attachment Disorders. She has her PhD in Counselor Education from George Washington University and is a licensed clinical supervisor. Dr. Reese has authored 5 books about attachment and trauma.
Christina Reese博士，LCPC，兒童及其家庭合作 20 多年，並使用遊戲療法、藝術療法和認知行為療法來幫助家庭解決問題。她曾擔任門診心理健康診所的主任，並曾在私人診所、法院命令的治療師和住院治療中心工作。她從事各種診斷工作，從多動症到對立違抗行為、雙相情感障礙和情緒障礙，以及依戀障礙。她擁有喬治華盛頓大學的輔導員教育博士學位，並且是一名有執照的臨床主管。Reese 博士撰寫了 5 本關於依戀和創傷的書籍。