Parents: what to expect from Allison Chow, teen therapist
I’m here to help you solve
problems and create a harmonious home, not blame you or your loved ones.
When parents first bring their teen to therapy, they often say things like:
- My kid makes me feel out of control.
- I feel like my kid hates me.
- We've tried therapy before.
- Will my teen carry these behaviors into adulthood?
- What can I do about my teen’s poor choices?
- I don’t understand my teen.
But I trust that you know your teen better than anyone – even if you don’t currently trust yourself.
I typically see clients one-on-one. But in the case of teen therapy, I ask parents to get involved. Parents are so important to teens (even if you don’t always feel that way). And your teen is important to you.
As a team, parents and a therapist work towards common goals. My job is to act as an unbiased third party. I will offer emotional and practical support through transitional periods, great crises or just difficult times.
Parent-therapist teamwork looks different for each family. Throughout the process, I respect you, your house rules, and your parental authority. We will work together to create a plan that fits your family’s needs and is therapeutic for your loved one.
Parents: How can you get the most out of Seattle teen counseling?
- Schedule appointments consistently and arrive on time.
- Treat yourself gently.
- Do something kind for yourself to “fill your emotional cup,” so you can give more to your teen.
- Seek parenting resources. Ask me for suggestions, talk with other parents, or browse my blog or the parenting section at your local bookstore or library.
- Ask questions. I am available to you and your teen. Feel free to contact me at any time.
Remember — you’re modeling a healthy coping skill, by asking for assistance when you need help.