ABOUT KARENThings do not change; we change. -- Henry David Thoreau
Karen Curry, LMFT
I have been working with children, teens and their families for over 20 years. In that time, I worked in community mental health clinics and substance abuse treatment centers serving families who were confronting challenges of all kinds.
Children of all ages deal with difficult situations by expressing aggression, anger, sadness and anxiety. Sometimes they become defiant, run away, use drugs and alcohol, or they engage in self harming behaviors like cutting or threatening suicide. Parents become overwhelmed with the needs of their children and the effect it has on their marriage, friendships, extended family and work life.
Some families are dealing with the added stress of meeting the needs of a child who has autism, ADHD, sensory issues or adoption issues. All the usual suggestions have been tried and failed. These families are often stressed to the breaking point and feel hopeless and alone.
After working with these adolescents and their families, I’ve seen them develop better problem solving skills and more self control. I see an increase in parents’ ability to respond effectively to the challenges and struggles of raising their children. Parents and teens feel more capable and confident which leads them to make better choices. And as their choices get better their lives get better. Joy returns.
Who is helping your son or daughter? And who supports you on this journey of parenting your child? You did not plan for this. Yet at some point you let go of what you thought should be and live with what is.
It is okay to get the help and support you need. Please don’t wait. Call today.
- The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT)
- Redwood Empire Chapter of CAMFT
MORE ABOUT KAREN
In her spare time Karen enjoys hiking in nature — especially the beach, with the family’s 80 pound Great Dane, Josie. Mostly Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends. Yoga and ecstatic dance keep her sane and happy!