For over 30 years Ilene Wolf has been dedicated to helping Bay Area teens be happy and thrive. Ilene is married with two children. Parenting a teen is challenging and therapy can help in many ways. Benefits include:
- Allowing yourself to get in touch with your love for your children
- Getting beyond stoicism when it comes to raising boys
- Heart advice for parents when our kids struggle
Some of the Situations Where Therapy for Teens Could Help
When Our Kids Fail to Launch
Being a deep and reliable resource for your child while at the same time nudging them out of the nest – sounds paradoxical? High school graduates unable to launch because of inherent problems with COVID-19 or a parent losing their job and income. Therapy can address many issues common with teenagers, by:
- Addressing confusion and fear and anxiety
- Identifying obstacles to attain a more satisfying life for increased independence of teens
- Providing practical tools for promoting independence
- Addressing conflict to alleviate suffering
- Developing authentic mindfulness while gracefully broaching inherently-awkward topics
Sharing Teachings, Wisdom and Loving Conversations with Your Teen
Our children do need to know where we are coming from with both ease and empathy, compassion and sympathy, and what it takes to navigate complex social expectations and norms.
When considering enlisting a professional therapist, ask yourself what will you or your teens life be like in six months with help and without help. Can you see a path to a better relationship or do you need guidance to get there?
When a Child Wants to Know: Can I count on you?
Bond with your teen and create a secure attachment.
A parent’s job as your child gets older grows to soothe and celebrate your child just because… not because of what they do, achieve or look like.
Cultivate resilience: know that your child is inherently good even when they make mistakes and be able to tell them that “You matter!”
Learn how to respond if an when they need to talk, and need to learn how to manage difficult situations. Be able to respond with love and empathy with messages like:
“You can handle this. Let’s figure out some ideas how to….”
“You will survive – even though you don’t know this right now. No matter what I will be there for you.”
A Child Struggling with OCD
Does your child often ask for reassurance and seem increasingly fearful and look for absolute certainty when doing simple tasks?
Helping a Child Dealing With Trauma or Loss
Drama Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis and CBT (Cognitive Therapy) for Children and Teens struggling with Anxiety and Depression is also available.
Call me. Most people find results right away.
Ilene Wolf, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, MFT
You can create a happy childhood for your kids! I will show you practical tools – to instill, convey and experience more love each day.
I am here for you.
I see the best in you.
Ilene Wolf, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 30 years
Offices conveniently located in
San Francisco Bay Area and Marin
now available for children and teens in Marin and San Francisco
“Ilene Wolf…is nothing short of amazing!”
“I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a workshop with Ilene Wolf and she is nothing short of amazing! She is a strong, bright and clear therapist who creates a lot of depth, safety, and connection in a very short period of time. Everyone in our group opened up, connected easily and experienced a great sense of joy in Ilene’s presence through her skilled facilitation. I highly recommend working with her.”
– Lorraine Platt, MA, LMFT
“She really does care…”
“Spend just a minute with Ilene, and you’ll be able to sense her genuine compassion. She really does care, and it feels great to be on the receiving end of that. If you want someone who gives it her all, who’s a true champion for her clients, you’ve got to meet her. I highly recommend Ilene.”
– Andrew K.
“I experienced profound changes…”
“I experienced profound changes, in my relationship with my husband and the people I work with. Nothing short of amazing. “
“Deep, kind, smart and fun…”
“Deep, kind, smart and fun, Ilene is a great therapist to turn to when life becomes challenging, complicated or when you need someone to help you navigate life’s inevitable changes or demands that you grow as a person. If you’re struggling in your relationships or depression and anxiety are making life way to difficult, Ilene can be a great ally in your journey to a better life.”
– Dave T.
“A True Champion for Her Clients…”
Spend just a minute with Ilene, and you’ll be able to sense her genuine compassion. She really does care, and it feels great to be on the receiving end of that. If you want someone who gives it her all, who’s a true champion for her clients, you’ve got to meet her. I highly recommend Ilene.
– Andrew K.