It is often common that the relationship between the parent and
adolescent needs attention. Instead of focusing solely on parenting
techniques or solely on adolescent's problems, parent-teen therapy
focuses on the interactions between the parent and teenager, with
the psychologist as a particpant and observer to offer corrective
opportunities. Parent-Teen Psychotherapy is different than consultation.
Parent-Teen Psychotherapy can be a relatively short-term treatment or
longer-term, depending on the needs and goals. The mother-teen,
father-teen and even mother-father/co-parenting partners meet with
the adolescent in weekly meetings with Dr. Julie Hartman in her
office. In some circumstances, it may be useful to conduct a
session in the family's home.
The psychologist acts as a
means that Dr. Hartman often participates with the parent(s) and
child in an activity or discussion, while also applying therapeutic
techniques to faciliate the development of new relationship
Parent-Teen Psychotherapy often
explicitly conveys to the adolescent that the parent has a unique
role to be respected and validated. Helpful discipline, boundaries,
structuring, and collaboration skills are identified, taught, and
practiced together in the session. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques are used, such
as ''homework' to further work outside of sessions.
The Parent-Teen Psychotherapy
approach is also used as an evaluation tool to help develop an
action plan of recommendations for improvement.
differs from Family Therapy - the latter is a more in depth
re-organization of family dynamics and involves a Family Therapy
speciality. Dr. Hartman will refer to a family therapist if clinically
For further inquires about Parent-Teen Psychotherapy, please contact Dr. Hartman.