Adolescence is an exciting time of change - and these changes can have a huge impact on both the adolescent and their families.
Teens begin to understand more about themselves and their place in the world with a focus on the future.
But for the young humans who have a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or a traumatic situation, these years are a major challenge.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that mental health-related issues often interfere with the academic success of kids and teens alike:
-High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as liklely to drop out compared to their peers
-Students aged 6-17 with mental, emotional or behavioral concerns are 3x more likely to repeat a grade.
Support and treatment by an experienced mental health provider may help to reduce of the overall, long-term impact of adverse experiences.
Erika Stewart Wheelhouse, MA, LMHC
Since 2009, Erika has assessed and treated adolescents in a variety of settings including the juvenile court, schools, community mental health and addiction centers, and as a consultant in private practice.
In addition to treating adolescents and young adults struggling with Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and other significant mental health challenges, she has over 10 years of experience in helping her clients and their families to better understand and utilize the special education supports available to meet their individual academic needs.
-Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Massachusetts
-Boston College, Lynch School of Education - Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Sees ages: adolescents 14 years and over through young adulthood (approximately 25 years)
Treats: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health issues related to traumatic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Accepting new clients: Yes
Takes insurance: No. Self-pay only
One time initial consultation: $75
Therapy session via Telehealth/video: $135 per hour
Additional Fees: Please cancel appointments at least 24-hours prior to session start time to avoid the $55 late cancellation fee.
Available for families, community agencies, and schools (private and public):
Consultation to address the following:
-General information/education on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact the learning process
-Psychosocial assessment (does not include formal testing)
-Review of IEP or 504 Plan -Planning goals / academic accommodations that are trauma-sensitive and supportive of the individual student
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