Therapy for a sixteen-year-old in DC?
February 15, 2012 8:04 PM Subscribe
Looking for a CBT or similar therapist for a sixteen-year-old in the DC area, and help for dealing with parents. Snowflake details inside.
posted by nonasuch to health & fitness (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My sixteen-year-old sister just told me that she's been having panic attacks, usually in response to our parents yelling at her. She just asked if she could spend the weekend at my house, after our mother's response to a yelling-induced panic attack was to yell at her to stop having a panic attack.
Anxiety runs in our family, and I didn't start to manage mine until I'd already crashed and burned out of college. I'd like to help her get her anxiety managed before any major disasters. She and I have in common a dislike of New Agey language-- I didn't do well in therapy until I began CBT, which worked for me because it's more goal-oriented and task-based.
I'd also really appreciate any tactics for dealing with our parents, who have been... let's call it skeptical of my own efforts in therapy. Our mom is a very anxious person who refuses to admit to anything of the sort, and both parents are fairly controlling and authoritarian.
Any therapists in the DC area who sound like a good fit for my sister? And any recommendations for dealing with the parents?