Adolescent & Family Counseling
Lark’s approach to working with adolescents and their parents is inspired by the Collaborative Problem Solving and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) modalities. Collaborative Problem Solving aims to help teens and parents learn to resolve disagreements and disputes in a collaborative, mutually satisfactory manner. It posits two major tenets: first, that social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in adolescents are best understood as the byproduct of lagging skills (rather than, for example, as attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, or signs of poor motivation); and second, that these challenges are best addressed by resolving the problems that set the stage for challenging behavior in a collaborative manner (rather than through reward and punishment programs and intensive imposition of adult will). ACT aims to help teens develop mindfulness skills, identify what matters to them, and set goals that support them in moving toward increased meaning and purpose in life.
Collaborative Problem SolvingCollaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an approach to reducing family conflict and helping teens develop crucial skills in flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving. By redefining teens’ problems as the results of under-developed skills rather than attention-seeking, manipulation, or poor motivation, CPS seeks to create fundamental changes in interactions with adult caregivers by having the caregivers engage teens in solving problems collaboratively.
ACT for TeensAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to help teens develop mindfulness skills, identify what matters to them, and set goals that support them in moving toward increased meaning and purpose in life. Teaching teens core skills in the areas of communication, leadership, interpersonal relations, decision making, coordination, and adaptability can help them to navigate family dynamics and other types of interpersonal relationship issues more effectively.