The adolescent period of life is in reality the one with the most power for courage and creativity. Life is on fire when we hit our teens.
— Daniel J. Siegel

If you are a teenager or have the pleasure of parenting one, you are probably all too familiar with the phrase, “you just don’t get it.” Chances are, you don’t. Adolescents are experiencing change unparalleled to any other developmental period of their lives. The desires to explore autonomy and identity often conflict with the need for structure and support. Your adolescent wants the freedom to become while also desperately needing the appropriate boundaries within which to do so. They also want to feel uncritically heard and nurtured. By providing adolescents with a therapeutic space within which to express themselves openly, they are granted the opportunity to discover the people they are becoming.