For youth, art is often a less intimidating mode of expression that does not require articulation of feelings or experience. Much about an adolescent’s inner world can be communicated through colour, line, shape, and doodles. In the therapy space, a positive, trusting therapeutic relationship can develop with the therapist. Adolescents have the opportunity to deepen their relationship with themselves, safely explore their developing identity, and feel empowered in expressing and regulating their inner self.
Many therapeutic goals bring parents and their adolescents to therapy, including nurturing skills in emotion regulation, processing experiences of trauma, coping with feelings of anxiety, healing issues with attachment or connecting with peers, and thriving with various diagnoses such as autism, ADHD and/or mental health (i.e. anxiety, depression).
Aligning with parents of adolescent clients is important in helping to extend the therapy work beyond the therapy time and space. Parent meetings are scheduled approximately every 4-5 sessions to discuss goals, progress, strategies for home and school, and are an opportunity for parents to update the therapist on changes happening in the client's world.