About Psychotherapy
Individual Adults
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About Shira Luft


Adolescence is invariably a period of growth and change, which at times can be turbulent and difficult. It is a critical time for identity development, and through the struggle between dependence and independence a path is forged from childhood to young adulthood. Talking with a caring, neutral adult can be tremendously helpful for adolescents as they try to sort through their thoughts, feelings, and decisions. Therapy can help teens develop their capacity for reflection, critical thinking, and skills for communicating effectively. Finally, it can foster a greater understanding of themselves, what they want and what they need.

It is normal for adolescents to grapple with questions and challenges, but sometimes this stage of development is particularly difficult, due to external or internal factors. I see adolescents struggling with:
  • Self esteem
  • Social pressures or dynamics
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Academic stress
  • Emerging gender, sexual, cultural, or other identity
  • Alcohol and/or drugs
  • Conflict with parents
Sometimes teens may not come forward or even identify that they are struggling. Parents/caregivers can watch for signs of trouble such as:
  • Dramatic changes in behavior, mood, or interests
  • Academic difficulties
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • Dangerous and risk-taking behaviors
  • Depression or pervasive irritability
  • Self harm
  • Disordered eating or body image
To set up an initial consultation to discuss your interest in therapy, call (510) 594-4008 or email me.
Kevin Hoelscher | Thumbtack Studios