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Ting-Yi Huang, LMFT 87929

Parenting Issues

  • Risky Teenager Behaviors

  • Family Conflict Resolution

  • Developmental Trauma

Why I Specialize in Teens? 

Working with at-risk youths in San Mateo County Juvenile Hall sparked my interest in working with teens. The teen brain is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of psychosocial events (e.g., stress, loss and grief, abuse and violence, alcohol and drugs, criticism and family interruption. The Teen brain, however, is also very resilient, where hope to recovery is very possible, when we put effort into processing and relearning our experiences. Hence, I work extensively with teens and parents to ensure the optimal development of the teenage years.  

How I Work with Pre-teens and Teens in Individual Therapy

I utilize a combination of counseling techniques and evidence-based therapeutic approaches: 
  • Psychoeducation about the teen brain to assist teens to understand the triggers for risk-taking and reduce the chances of problematic behaviors. 
  • Play Therapy & Expressive Art Therapy (Sand Play) to assist children and teenagers, who have not yet fully developed the parts of the brain that are in charge of integrating experiences and making sound judgments and decisions, to express and make sense of their emotional experiences.  
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration to coordinate care with parents (parenting coaching), school staff, and other professionals such as the family doctor or testing psychologist. 

How I Work with Teens and Family in Family Therapy

I utilize a combination of counseling techniques and evidence-based therapeutic approaches: ​
  • Psychoeducation about the neuro-psychological development drawn from scientific studies to reduce blame and to increase empathy and understanding  among parents and their teenagers.
  • Solution-Focused Therapy to generate solutions to a variety of teenage problematic behaviors such as alcohol and other drugs issues, bullying, academic performance anxiety and stress, sleeping problems, digital addictions, etc.
  • Role-Play to practice empathic listening and assertive communication and to assist both parents and their children to enjoy learning about each other. 
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