Mark Sinclair, LAC
Teens & Young Adults
You’ve noticed that your child has started to withdraw more days than not. There are days where you wonder what they are thinking because they haven’t really talked to you about what has been going on in their lives. They seem to be going to school and doing decently with their academics, but that smile and that personality has recently started to drift into apathy and a deep stare into their phone. You sometimes wish that you could just rip the phone from their hands, give them a big hug, and ask them to tell you everything that is on their mind. But the teenager doesn’t work that way, they may even want to withdraw even more because many teenagers and young adults don’t think talking to their parents is something that will actually help. Maybe you even get a call and it is the school letting you know that their behavior has not been what it used to be and there is overall concern. You start to realize that you don’t know what is actually going on in the mind of your teenager or young adult and want to make sure there is someone in their life who can talk with them.
There aren’t many days that get you down. You can usually handle a lot on your plate and maybe even thrive under the responsibilities. But lately there has been this sense of feeling unsure or even lost in your ways that you used to be so sure of. The decision making has gone from decisive to indecisive, leaving you feeling even more confused and unsure. You put everything into your work, into your family, into your kids, into your spouse/significant other, but very rarely put time into yourself. Maybe you convince yourself that this is how you would rather it be, you would rather take the time to be there for your loved ones, your co-workers, your family; a noble stance, but then something happens. You start to become agitated by all the little things you used to let roll off your shoulder, you start to wonder if you are doing all you should be doing for those around you, and you start to second guess your own thought process. Laying awake at night used to be something you would hear your co-workers or friends struggle with and you can remember when you would think how awful that sounded and were thankful that it wasn’t something you even had to think about. But lately those sleepless nights have been happening more and more with blank stares into the dark that you just can’t quite explain. What really puts you in a place of concern is when you start to not want to hang out with your friends, you are yelling at everyone around you, and work problems feel more overwhelming than they used to feel. There may even be a comment from a close friend mentioning that they notice something is off.
I help teenagers, young adults and adults recognize the stuck feeling they are in and make positive steps towards the next stage or goal in life. In sessions with me, you will experience a change in your perception and in your attitude toward yourself that will give you a sense of empowerment. In working together, you will feel a sense of realization and realistic, genuine conversation that helps promote outside of the box thinking. I help individuals who are looking to reconnect with themselves and it will feel like for the first time, there is a clear path towards understanding yourself, the world around you, and knowing that through life's obstacles, you can persevere with a sense of purpose and curiosity. For over a decade I have been working in the counseling field helping people come to terms with current struggles and then working towards setting a benchmark for future growth.
Sometimes the next step to healing is making a choice to take back control from that feeling of being stuck. If you are looking to feel yourself thrive once again in your current stage in life click below to find out how working with the right therapist can turn the page for you in the next chapter of your life.
Here’s a little about me:
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey and I have a Master’s Degree in Education from William Paterson University with a specialty in Professional Counseling. I started my career in counseling in the school setting working with pre teen and teenage students transitioning into and out of the middle school years. I have been in the education field for over 12 years and my counseling experience has been the last 9 years. I specialize in working with teenagers, young adults, and adults who are looking to take that next step in life or feel stuck wondering if they are going to feel like themselves soon. I come from a background of working with individuals who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, and also students with executive functioning delays. My goal is to meet each of my clients where they are in life and come alongside them to resolve a personal conflict or take that next step in feeling more confident in their own skin.