ADDICTION & TRAUMA
I've worked for several years in an in-patient facility that treats adolescents for mental health and addiction. Nearly every resident that I've treated has experienced some trauma that resulted from divorce, physical/sexual/verbal abuse, abandonment, bullying or death of a loved one. These events lay the framework for anxiety and depression issues that teens and adults cope with by using drugs, alcohol, video games, sex, self-harm or relationships.
MEDITATION & DEPRESSION
Meditation and mindfulness highly inform my approach as a therapist and person. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of treatment that targets those affected by chronic depression. Chronic depression can be due to a fluctuations in moods, automatic negative thinking or a genetic susceptibility. MBCT uses meditation to teach people how to relate differently to the experience of depression in a more effective way. This doesn't guarantee it'll ward off depression completely, but it does give the person skills to limit the intensity and length of depressive episodes.
Prior to being a psychotherapist, I worked as a parent consult and behavior therapist for families with a child on the Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome or having other developmental delays. I'm aware of the acute stress that can occur for couples and siblings as everyone rallies around the child. Therapy could be beneficial to teach high functioning teens how to cope with their limitations or bullying that may occur for them. It may just be a resource for other family members to help them cope more effectively and find a healthier perspective on what can be a challenging situation.