Who We Serve

“Vania listens. A lot of the kids at my program have never met or seen their ed consultant. I’ve seen her three times. I like her a lot because I think she gets what my problems are and doesn’t judge me.”  
-Emmett B.

We work with families of teens from ages 8-17 and young adults ages 18-26 who are struggling with:

  • Self esteem and confidence issues
  • Academic avoidance and/or failure
  • Depression, anxiety, grief and loss
  • Isolating
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Social relationships and cues
  • Family system and communication problems
  • Emotional regulation issues
  • Substance abuse or chemical dependency
  • Non-substance related addictions: gambling, gaming, pornography
  • Neuro-developmental differences
  • Issues related to adoption
  • Failure to launch – young adult transition issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Developmental delays
  • Complex psychological issues

Teens and young adults can struggle for a variety of reasons. Often, behavioral problems can be associated with other factors, such as:

  • Undiagnosed Mental Health Problems
  • Addiction
  • Unresolved Trauma
  • Family Systems Trauma
  • Divorce
  • Family Trauma
  • Adoption Concerns
  • Gender Identity Issues
  •  Learning Disorders
  •  Asperger’s
  •  Autism Spectrum
  •  Bipolar
  •  Psychotic disorders
  •  Developmental Delays
  •  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  •  Physical, sexual and emotional abuse

When their needs require a higher level of care that can no longer be met within the family or community, an intervention and placement is often an excellent option.

ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS IN CRISIS:

Are you concerned with your young person’s choices and behavior? Are you worried about their personal safety in your home and community?

Click here for a list of concerning behaviors that could indicate your adolescent may need your help because they’re in crisis.

We believe all teens and young adults desire a healthy, positive identity – even if it isn’t what their choices or behaviors are expressing. Parents have the best intentions, yet need support, ideas, and resources to be successful in helping their young person.

Behaviors of young adults in crisis:

  • Inability to talk with family or support systems about problems they are facing
  • Signs of drug use such as irritability, aggressiveness, paraphernalia in room, car or locker
  • Persistent depressed demeanor, including clothing, makeup, and overall presentation
  • Significant drop in grades or school attendance
  • Association and identification with a negative peer group, e.g.; drug users, “mean girls”
  • Oppositional attitude
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Inattention to self care and hygiene
  • Signs of self-abuse: scratching or cutting on arms or legs, carving symbols using sharp objects
  • Promiscuous behavior or dress
  • Unable to break away from computer, social world and life is lived through computer gaming or internet and social networking
  • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or MySpace social network sites show pictures of your teen or young adult participating in illegal activities
  • Sneaking out or secrecy about peers
  • Defiant toward parents and emotionally or physically reactive to boundaries set by parents
  • Entitled behavior: believes parents and world should do and give them what they want
  • Demeaning towards parents and adults who are trying to help them or show support
  • Withdrawn or silent on an ongoing basis
  • Making suggestions or threats of suicide
  • School expulsion
  • Getting caught with drugs or alcohol
  • Police involvement or delinquent behavior