Talking To Your Teen Daughter About Boys

A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist

Do your teen daughter find herself feeling nervous when it comes to being around boys? Read up on things you can tell her about this topic. – Sandra

“I’ve always been friends with boys, but as lately, every time I see one of the guys I’ve been close to since kindergarten, I get really nervous. What’s wrong with me?”

I would guess that you are attracted to the guys you are feeling nervous around. This is not unusual. As hormones change, biologically we become interested in people who could be potential future life partners. This can leave you feeling self-conscious and awkward around people who, up until now, were simply your friends.

Also, as you grow up, you don’t always talk about the same things you used to talk about as a child. Therefore, you may also find yourself struggling to be with old friends in a new way. These can leave you feeling like you are just talking about random stuff.

Lastly, boys and girls who played together as children may start moving into different areas of interest as they prepare for their roles as young men and women. Our society tends to define people in terms of male and female roles, with different sets of expectations for each. This can be confusing, as those roles were not so obvious when you as children. People you thought you knew well can suddenly feel like strangers as they move in different directions from you.

Your job, during this time, is to discover who you are, and who you like spending time. My suggestion is to choose companions with whom you feel comfortable being yourself when you are around them.

If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.

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Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

Could Therapy Help Your Family?

A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist

Teens across the country are struggling, and many parents don’t know why, or how to help them. Read on to learn if therapy could help your family. – Sandra

Often, parents have avoided seeking mental health services for their teen due to the old stigma associated with therapy. However, did you realize that by waiting until the problem with your teen has escalated, the issue often becomes more complicated to solve?

The Internet now allows parents the opportunity to seek support for their child or family before the onset of mental illness has occurred. The Internet can also be a great tool for parents to do research and learn more about mental health related issues.

As a therapist for teens, I use the Internet and social media to be a resource promoting teen mental health. My intention is for parents, whose teens are in emotional pain, can consult with me on next steps in their child’s recovery.

If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.

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Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

Teaching Teens To Earn Parent’s Trust

A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist

Parents often struggle with the issue of giving their teen the freedom to grow, and the responsibility of teaching them about life and keeping them safe. Sandra

Raising a child today is tricky business. The internet allows kids to connect with people they might otherwise not have contact with. Cell phones allow kids to talk to people at all hours of the day and night without their parents having any idea of what they are talking about. This is terrifying for parents, who want to protect their children from harm.

Trust is something that is earned. In answering your questions, parents have an opportunity to help their teen recognize that they are in fact making mature and responsible choices. I encourage you to have a conversation with your teen about your concerns, and your desire for them to win your trust. Tell them directly what it would take for you to give them more freedom.

If they are doing things they shouldn’t, as frustrating as it may be, your are doing them a huge favor by keeping an eye on them. Adolescence is a time of exploration, and unfortunately, its easy to make some choices that are not very wise, and/or unsafe.

If, in fact, they are doing everything you is asking of them, and you find yourself still wanting to micro-manage their life, then you may be struggling with a particular parenting style. Some parents are just very anxious. Unfortunately, like a personality style, these things don’t change very easily. In this situation, the best advice I can give you is to get some parenting support.

If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.

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(310) 951-5678
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For more information, please visit my website:

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Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

How To Look Cool In Middle School

A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist

Middle School is a time when the opinions of friends become very important, and pre-teens often wonder about how to fit in. – Sandra

Adolescence is a time when young people are discovering who they are and how they want to be perceived in the world. One of the challenges that pre-teens face during this time is that each family has their own set of rules.

The key is to respond to your pre-teen’s requests with respect and creativity. The privilege of staying up later is something that can be earned. One option is talk about how they might earn the privilege of staying up a little later.

Some shows that are on at night have adult language and behavior that some parents would prefer that their children not watch. It could be helpful to learn more about the shows they are referring to. If you are open to their watching these shows, but are just concerned about them getting enough sleep on a school night, then perhaps you would consider taping them for your child and allowing them to watch the show at an earlier time the following day, or on the weekend.

The bottom line is that there is a good chance that your child will find themselves in situations where they are not allowed to do everything that all of their friends are doing. As long as they live in your house, you will be setting some rules.

The better your relationship with your child, the better chance you have of calmly negotiating with them for what they want. And in those times when they don’t get their way, it’s important for them to know that they are not the only one who struggles with parents who set limits.

If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.

Menu of Services Offered:

Call Now to Schedule a Free Consultation!

Click to Call:

(310) 951-5678
.

For more information, please visit my website:

SandraDupont.com

verified by Psychology Today

Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.

Low-fee Mental Health Services for LA Families

A Note From The Santa Monica Family Therapist

Scroll down to see the entire list of low fee mental health services, including San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Downtown Los Angeles, West Los Angeles and the South Bay areas. – Sandra

Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena

Bridge Focus
2829 N. Glenoaks Blvd., #203
Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 563-5509

Center for Individual & Family Counseling
5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(818) 761-2227

Community Family Counseling Services
131 N. Isabel St.
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 548-4872

Discovery House
2541 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 957-1221

Family Service Agency of Burbank
2013 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 845-7671

Foothill Family Service
2500 E. Foothill Blvd., Ste. 300
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 564-1613

Foothill Family Service
118 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101-2667
(626) 795-6907

FrontPoint Child and Family Therapy
Pasadena, CA
(626) 396-9502

Glen Roberts Child Study Center
1530 E. Colorado St.
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 244-0222

La Vie Counseling Center
Pasadena, CA
(626) 351-9616

New Horizons Family Center
744 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 545-9848

New Insights Program
431 N. Brand Blvd., Ste 311
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 242-2308

Pacific Clinics
909 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA
(626) 795-8471

Pacific Clinics
70 N. Hudson
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-8471

Pacific Clinics
237 N. Central Ave., 2nd Flr.
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 547-9544

Pasadena Mental Health Center
1495 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 798-0907

Positive Directions
1540 E. Colorado St.
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 247-8180

Fuller Psychological Family Services
180 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 584-5200

Rose City Counseling Center
595 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 303
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-8629

Senior Peer Counseling
VMH Care
1540 E. Colorado St.
Glendale, CA
(818) 638-5499

Verdugo Mental Health Center
1540 E. Colorado St.
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 244-7257

Westminster Counseling Center
867 E. Atchison St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 798-0915

San Fernando Valley

California Family Counseling Center
5445 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 386-5600
(818) 907-9980

Catholic Charities
Van Nuys, CA
(818) 988-2850

Coldwater Counseling Center
Encino, CA
(818) 907-9980

Coldwater Counseling Center
Studio City, CA
(818) 508-0703

Counseling West
(818) 999-6164

Family Stress Center
16861 Parthenia St.
North Hills, CA 91343
(818) 830-3270

Friends of the Family
14350 Sherman Way, Ste. 140
Van Nuys, CA
(818) 988-4430

Pepperdine Community Counseling Center
16830 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 216
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 501-1678
(866) 396-8970

San Fernando Valley Counseling Center
8350 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 341-1111

San Fernando Valley Low Cost Therapy Referral Line
(818) 754-4555

Tarzana Treatment Center
(818) 996-1051

Valley Community Clinic
6801 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
North Hollywood, CA
(818) 763-2084

Valley Counseling
Encino, CA
(818) 995-0368

Valley Family Center
302 South Brand
San Fernando, CA
(818) 365-8588
(818) 886-0453

Van Nuys Alcohol and Drug Treatment
14558 Sylvan St.
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 787-4151

West Valley Counseling
19634 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356

San Gabriel Valley

Family Counseling Service
San Gabriel, CA
(626) 575-5231

Family Service of Pomona Valley
Pomona, CA
(909) 620-1776

Foothill Family Services
1215 W. West Covina Pkwy., 2nd Fl.
West Covina, CA 91790

La Puente Valley Mental Health Center
La Puente, CA
(626) 227-7018

Options/The Family Center
Covina, CA
(626) 967-0732
(626) 967-5103

Santa Anita Family Service
Covina, CA
(626) 966-1755

Santa Anita Family Service
121 S. Santa Anita St.
San Gabriel, CA
(626) 308-1414

Santa Anita Family Service
605 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 359-9358

Downtown Los Angeles

AIDS Project L.A
611 S. Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 201-1600

Family Service of Los Angeles
626 S. Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 381-3626

Family Service of Los Angeles
1328 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 788-9593

Pediatric Psychology Program
Children’s Hospital
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-2350

Southern California Counseling Center
5615 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 937-1344

USC Human Relations Center
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 937-1344
(213) 740-1600

Watts Counseling and Learning Center
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 754-9900

East Los Angeles

ENKI/East Los Angeles Mental Health Services
Commerce, CA
(323) 725-1337

Family Service of Los Angeles
7702 Washington Ave., Ste. C
Whittier, CA 90608
(310) 698-7941

Human Services Association
Bell Gardens, CA
(562) 806-5400

West Los Angeles

Airport Marina Counseling Services
7891 LaTiera Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045
(310) 670-1410

Antioch University Counseling Center
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 574-2813

Antioch University Counseling Center International
2001 S. Barrington, Ste. 110
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-7702

California Graduate Institute Counseling Center
Westwood, CA
(310) 208-4240

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health
4760 S. Sepulvda Blvd.
Culver City, CA
(310) 390-6612

Family Service of Santa Monica
1533 Euclid Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 451-9747

Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic
3324 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles
(323) 660-2400

Jewish Family Services
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 761-8816

Jewish Family Services
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 393-0732

Jewish Family Services
West Los Angeles, CA
(323) 761-8800

Julia Ann Singer Center
West Los Angeles, CA
(310) 202-0669

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 993-7400

The Maple Counseling Center
9107 Wilshire Boulevard, Lower Level
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-9999

New Start
2714 W Pico
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 452-0717

Open Paths
12655 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 398-7877

Pepperdine Psychology Clinic
Culver City
(866) 396-8970

Psychological and Educational Clinic
Pepperdine University Plaza
Culver City, CA
(310) 568-5752

Reiss-Davis Child Study Center
Culver City, CA
(310) 204-1666

Santa Monica Counseling Center & Institute
2210 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite C
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 395-4024

The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy
3201 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 201
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 829-0888

Southern California Counseling Center
5615 W. Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 937-1344

St. Johns Hospital, Mental Health
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 315-6132

UCLA Outpatient NPI EDU
Westwood, CA
(310) 825-0478

UCLA Psychology Clinic
Westwood, CA
(310) 825-2305

Ways of Being Community Counseling Center
Antioch University Counseling Center
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 574-2813

The Wellness Community-West Los Angeles
2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 1040
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-2555

The Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center
9911 W. Pico Blvd.
(310) 203-8899

Wright Institute Los Angeles
9911 W. Pico Boulevard, Suite 720
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-2796

South Bay

Community Family Guidance Center
Cerritos, CA
(562) 924-5526

Family Service of Long Beach
21420 Pioneer Blvd.
Lakewood, CA 90712
(310) 436-9893

Family Services of Long Beach
5500 Atherton St., Ste. 416
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 924-5526

The Guidance Center
Long Beach, CA
(562) 485-2557

Jewish Family Services Childrens Services
Long Beach, CA
(562) 427-7916

Jewish Family Services South Bay
Torrance, CA
(310) 761-8816

South Bay Center of Counseling
El Segundo, CA
(310) 414-2090
If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.

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Call Now to Schedule a Free Consultation!

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(310) 951-5678
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SandraDupont.com

verified by Psychology Today

Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Providing service for: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood.