My approach is to treat every session like a natural conversation. Throughout the process I teach practical skills to address your symptoms and help you explore realistic solutions to whatever goal you want to accomplish. It is important to me for my clients to know that whatever agenda I bring to the session is Plan B and your agenda will always be Plan A. Typical sessions with me often include a lot of laughing about how the reason you are in therapy is because the people in your life that should be, aren't.
Trauma-focused therapies are those that directly address situations in which you felt that your life was in extreme danger or that now evoke uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. This type of therapy typically involves learning both mental and physical strategies to make these thoughts and feelings more manageable. Confronting trauma can be an overwhelming task, but I will work with you collaboratively to set a pace that feels comfortable. Given trauma is often perpetrated by men it can also be reparative to work with a male therapist. It is never about "getting over" your trauma; it is about getting through it.
I see clients of all ages, however work with teenagers is slightly different. In addition to the client's standard therapy session, I also like to periodically meet with caregivers to update them on what skills I have taught their child and offer parenting tips so that they may better support their child between sessions. This does not mean I will share specifics about what the client has discussed in therapy. It's just an additional layer of support to help reinforce therapeutic growth.