Teen Therapy vs. Life Coaching

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A Note From The Los Angeles Teen Therapist & Life Coach

In a coaching/ mentoring capacity, I can help your adolescent to thrive in all aspects of their life. – Sandra

Some parents are hesitant to take their teen to a therapist to address challenges they may be facing, afraid that they will be labeled a “problem” kid, or emotionally disturbed. Seeking my assistance as a Teen Life Coach & Mentor offers yet another opportunity to remedy these problems.

10+ years as a Teen Therapist has paved the way for my developing creative and positive ways of supporting teenagers. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for your teen to explore their obstacles, ask their questions and express their feelings.

What Is Teen Life Coaching?
In contrast to therapy, where the therapist is seen as the expert, coaching is a collaborative effort between myself and your teen. My focus is on helping your teen create a vision of the life they would like to create, and supporting them in their journey towards that goal.

Sometimes you may not have the time or energy to be as available to your teen as you would like. It has been said that “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” It can be reassuring for you to know that I am available to assist you in guiding your adolescent towards becoming their best version of themselves.

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Initial Consultation.

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For more information, please visit my website:

SandraDupont.com

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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.

Teen Social Skills Coaching

A Note From the LA Teen Therapist & Life Coach

Does your teen have the social skills that will lead them to success?  – Sandra

Have you noticed that there is a growing trend of teens struggling with social skills and good exacerbated by the explosion of technology and the over-reliance on electronic devices to socially connect? More than ever before, there is an increasing need for social skill-building experiences for these young people.

I work with socially anxious adolescents to identify areas where they can improve their social skills, and then teach them tips and tricks to improve those skills. I can help your teen learn how to gain and keep more friends, as well as become more confident in social situations.

The value of your teen working with me privately, rather than in a group setting, is that I can give them direct feedback specific to their situations, as well as create exercises, role-playing and homework to will help them achieve their personal goals. The teens that have worked with me report greater peace and satisfaction in their social lives.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • First Impressions
  • Reaching Out to Others
  • Managing Peer Conflict
  • The Art of Conversation
  • Becoming More Assertive
  • Communicating Your Needs
  • Establishing Firm Boundaries
  • Helpful Responses to Bullying

I usually work with teens for 6 to 10 consecutive weeks, depending on the desired result. Some teens prefer to meet  twice weekly to obtain a more rapid outcome. My style of working with a teen is collaborative and fun. Although I respect that the challenges they may be experiencing are serious, I have found that a joyful atmosphere makes the learning feel more uplifting and comfortable.

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… One Success Story

“The best example of Sandra’s work is in my daughter’s renewed enthusiasm and attitude towards life. My daughter now sees every problem as one that can be solved, every uncomfortable experience as an opportunity to learn and grow. Sandra’s work with my daughter has helped her become a more secure, confident and happy individual.”

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Initial Consultation.

ADOLESCENT THERAPIST | PARENT COACH | TEEN MENTOR

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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.

Choosing A Teen Therapist

A Note From The Los Angeles Teen Therapist

In choosing a therapist for your teenager, you want someone with experience in working with complex teenage issues and family dynamics – Sandra

It is important to choose a therapist who not only has an understanding of adolescent phase of life challenges, but can work masterfully with families in conflict, and support the parents in setting limits. Try to find a therapist with whom you, the parent, feel comfortable and well understood, as you will be trusting them to guide you in the care of your child.

Learn how the therapist will handle keeping you updated about your teen’s process and progress. As your child’s advocate, their job is to join with your teen, that they might learn about, and advise you, on your child’s needs. Ideally, they act as a bridge between the two of you.

Although therapists “in training” are required to spend 500 hours working with children and families, not all therapists have experience working directly with the teen population. Because teens have a developmental journey all their own, that differs significantly from a small child or young adult, it is important that the therapist you choose has a thorough understanding of this phase of life, and it’s associated risks and challenges.

It is important to examine your readiness to embrace the changes that may be necessary for you, your teen, and your family to make, for Teen Therapy is a collaborative relationship. Since you, the parent, will need to reinforce the therapist’s work in your home, additional parent coaching work may be indicated to support you in setting and maintaining firm boundaries, as well as helping to heal the relationship between you and your teen.

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

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.

Quotes From My Past Clients

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Quotes From My Past Clients:

“My teen son was always happy to go see Sandra, and relieved and stress-free when he came back from a session. The best example of her work is in my son’s improved behavior and attitude towards life.” – Parent

“Sandra helped me put a lot of the events in my life into perspective. She listened to me respectfully and never made judgments. I had a great experience with Sandra as my therapist.” – Teen Client

“My teen daughter has calmed down, and no longer carries the same anxiety that she once did. She now likes and accepts herself for who she is.” – Parent

“Sandra provided a safe and supportive environment for me to discuss anything. Her feedback resulted in bettering my self-image, my self-esteem and confidence.” – Teen Client

“Sandra’s work with my teen son has made him a more secure, confident and happy individual. She provided a safe and comfortable place for him to express his feelings and explore his emotions.” – Parent

“After thinking together with Sandra, I discovered solutions to my problems. I always felt comfortable sharing my feelings and thoughts, knowing that she would listen and respond with compassion and support.” – Teen Client

“My teen daughter now sees uncomfortable experiences as an opportunity to grow and learn more about herself. Sandra was a very positive influence in her life.” – Parent

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

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.

Support for Teens Being Bullied

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A Note From The LA Teen Therapist and Life Coach

The Dali Lama once said: “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”  – Sandra

My grandparents were immigrants, my brother was bullied learning disability, and I was a shy teen working hard to feel comfortable in social situations. Therefore, I developed a deep and abiding compassion for anyone, especially young people, who feel marginalized and treated as “others.”

Since live in a diverse world where contrasts abound in educational backgrounds, culture and traditions, socio-economic status, physical appearance, political views, religion and age, I feel it is essential to model to our future generations how to live together in peace. Towards this end, I devote my days to teaching parents and teens how to respond to each other in conscious and respectful ways.

With bullying taking place in epidemic proportions, every day I see the toll it takes on young people. Where does bullying begin? In my experience, it can often begin at home. What once seemed like normal parental responses when today’s parents were growing up – raising your voice, swearing, name calling, or pointing your finger in their face – is now recognized as causing shame. To dispel their feelings of shame, kids will attempt to impress others, intimidate others and even reject others, resulting in the relational-aggression we see today on high school campuses.

Last year I helped film a pilot for a new anti-bullying show. In it, I interviewed 7 teens, all of whom who had been either victims or bullies. The kid’s stories were both heartbreaking and heartwarming, but ultimately inspired me to believe that we can significantly reduce the problem of bullying.

I have advanced training in anti-bullying techniques. If your teen is being bullied, allow me to demonstrate the support I can offer.

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

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.

LA Teen Therapist’s – YouTube Videos

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A Note From The Los Angeles Teen Therapist

Please enjoy these uplifting videos depicting my work with teens. – Sandra

TEEN GIRL JOURNALING WORKBOOK

Journaling To A Happier You

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SUPPORT FOR TEENS BEING BULLIED

Or Those Being Identified As Bullies …

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FREE DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK

“What Would Your Teen Life Coach Say?”

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MEET SANDRA DUPONT MA, MS, MFT

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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.

Interview With LA Teen Therapist

The following is an interview with Sandra Dupont MFT about her decision to specialize in working with teenagers:

1. What inspired you to work with teens?
I specialize in supporting shy, sensitive and highly intelligent teens from diverse multi-cultural families.  My personal teen journey has been about learning how to be assertive, handle mean girls, talk to my parents and discover my authentic self-expression. It would have liked to have someone that could have assisted me with this process, and thus decided to provide this service to teenagers.

2. Why did you choose the field of psychology?
I have been fascinated with psychology since my first course in high school. My journey has involved numerous role models and teachers who contributed to my understanding of myself and the human psyche. For the past decade, I have been honored to learn from the honesty and insight of the teens and parents that I work with.

3. Who supported your decision to become a therapist?
There was one social worker in particular who inspired me to embark on making my dream of being a therapist reality. The inner peace she exuded was what I wanted to experience when I went to work each day. Facilitating healthy relationships within families, on a daily basis, is an effective way to consciously practice this goal.

4. How do you feel about what you do?
There is something very precious about seeing parents and children heal their relationships with each other. When teens learn to love, appreciate and accept themselves, they become able to pass this on to the next generation–through being a conscious and respectful parents.

5. What motivates you about your job?
I care deeply about the clients I see, and look forward each new week to finding out the progress they have made towards their goals. I also get to meet wonderful therapists and health care providers in seminars and conferences. Then there is the creative aspect of writing articles and books, creating teen support group trainings, and staying on top of the latest information in my field.

6. Was there ever a time you couldn’t help a family or child?
Sometimes there are co-occurring undiagnosed disorders that complicate treatment, and need to be addressed (like substance abuse, learning disorderschild abuse and neuro-chemical imbalances, to name a few). Sometimes a referral for educational testing may be required. Sometimes medication will be indicated. Occasionally, a referral for the parent’s own emotional support can be helpful. Now and then, a therapist is simply not a good fit for a particular family.

7. What classes prepared you for being a Teen Therapist?
My undergraduate work was in psycho-biology. My graduate work was in clinical psychology with child specialization studies. My coursework included:

  • Family Systems
  • Child Advocacy and Social Policy
  • Treating Adolescents: Coping with Emerging Identity
  • Parental Support and Participation in Child Therapy
  • Adolescent Development
  • Treatment of Diverse Clients
  • Cross-Cultural Infant Observation

I went on to do advanced work in:

  • Respectful Parent Training (RIE)
  • Working Effectively with Resistant and Burned-Out Parents
  • Child Custody Mediation Training
  • Attachment Theory

8. Do you have words of advice for somebody that wants to do this work?
Spend time getting to know yourself well, and integrate that information into your life. Heal your relationships with your parents, siblings and friends. Learn to accept what you might judge as flaws or weaknesses within yourself. And then discover everything you can about effective parenting, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, the adolescent brain, attachment theory and cultures different than yours.

… EMPOWERING TEENS TO BE THEIR BEST SELVES.

“The best example of Sandra’s work is in my daughter’s renewed enthusiasm and attitude towards life. My daughter now sees every problem as one that can be solved, every uncomfortable experience as an opportunity to learn and grow. Sandra’s work with my daughter has helped her become a more secure, confident and happy individual.”

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

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.

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… EMPOWERING TEENS TO BE THEIR BEST SELVES.

“The best example of Sandra’s work is in my daughter’s renewed enthusiasm and attitude towards life. My daughter now sees every problem as one that can be solved, every uncomfortable experience as an opportunity to learn and grow. Sandra’s work with my daughter has helped her become a more secure, confident and happy individual.”

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

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.

Teen Therapist’s Book Reviewed

 A Note From The Los Angeles Teen Therapist

I gently guide teens in a direction that gets them thinking about who they truly are, what they want, and how to express themselves with kindness and grace. – Sandra

In her new book, What Would Your Teen Therapist Say?: A Workbook For Discovering Your True Self-Expression (Volume 1), Los Angeles-based teen therapist Sandra Dupont presents weekly tasks and then provides space for her reader to work through the process in writing.

Thought-provoking themes in the workbook include listening closely to your conversations to make sure you’re saying what you really mean; paying attention to how you spend your time to determine the worthiness of those activities; examining your belief system to see if it still fits; or asking if your friends support you and your dreams.

She also asks the reader to identify inspirational or teachable moments in their own lives, challenges them to find success in their failures, and encourages them to share the gift of their own wisdom with others.

Each weekly lesson prompts the reader to answer questions or imagine various scenarios, some of which are designed to focus on the positive or help the reader develop courage and confidence. The exercises are not always introspective. The teen therapist also asks her readers to find ways to give from the heart, and think about how they can make a difference in the world.

For teens in need of guidance during one of the most difficult transitions in life, this book will help them to become independent, self-aware and self-fulfilled young adults.” by Cameron James–Freelance Writer

… EMPOWERING TEENS TO BE THEIR BEST SELVES.

“The best example of Sandra’s work is in my daughter’s renewed enthusiasm and attitude towards life. My daughter now sees every problem as one that can be solved, every uncomfortable experience as an opportunity to learn and grow. Sandra’s work with my daughter has helped her become a more secure, confident and happy individual.”

Worried About Your Teen? FREE Parent Consultation

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.