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Need Advice Recommend good therapist for older teen boy

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by runnr, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. runnr

    runnr New Member

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    We are dealing with extreme school anxiety and medication helps but isn't helping enough. We've tried two therapists and they were both an extremely bad fit. Has anyone had a good experience with someone relatively local to Ashburn?

    Needs to be someone with a dry sense of humor, smart, and can connect or relate to your typical sullen obstinate teen. No baby talk, no soft talk with long silences. Someone cool, relaxed and funny, ideally male.

    While I'd love strong recommendations, it would also be helpful to know who to steer away from. Please reply here or PM me. Thanks!
     
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    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    Not that I am saying it is a panacea, but has your child (and you) watched the movie Good Will Hunting? There are some good take-aways

    The therapist you described reminded my about Robin Williams in that movie...one of his greatest works. And does your Teen have any other adult (men) to talk to that might be able to relate? I mention this because my neighbor is a mentor to other youths (boys), mostly through their church, but the idea of having some other influence from outside can do some good too if it is the right person.

    sorry if this is too much...just trying to help.
     
  3. runnr

    runnr New Member

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    No, not too much at all, anything is much appreciated. We definitely have a lack of an understanding male role model in this case. The best influence so far has been a couple of teachers who "got" him and connected, in his favorite subjects, and ignited a spark and some confidence. Both male, both extremely dry sense of humor and could see what was going on beneath the surface. But that was middle school.

    If not a therapist, a tutor, an academic "coach", an ADD (no H) expert, anything?
     
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    jerseyhokie Member

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    Your child's school counselor should be able to provide a list of recommended therapists. It's a good start and many practices have multiple clinicians.
     
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    I am also looking for a therapist for my teen son with similar concerns as yours. our high schools guidance counselor was sadly no help whatsoever. really need someone who accepts insurance.
    any advice will be much appreciated.
     
  6. jdhauer

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    I do not have a teenaged boy but Child and Family Counseling Group in Fairfax (over by the NRA) came highly recommended. Multiple practitioners. They are not direct insurance providers and most of the good therapists/psychiatrists in the area unfortunately do not accept insurance. You need to file individually with your plan. Good luck.

    http://www.childandfamilycounseling.com
     
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    The Key Center in Sterling ( Cascades). We have had great results with Mark. He has a lot of experience treating young people.
     
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    Reston Psychological Center. Dr Small is great but there are several therapists who treat teens and seem to have a strong following. They do take insurance.
     
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    Also, look at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), if offered through your employer. They give you 6 free sessions per issue. I have utilized it for therapy before and it's been great. Many issues can be resolved within the 6 sessions but if not, they can also find ways to help with your insurance coverage. Many people don't know that they have this available to them so check with your HR person.
     

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