About Tiffany Peeler
Some people say that your middle school and high school years should be the easiest and most fun years of your life. But let’s be honest- that’s not always the case. In fact, these years can be some of the hardest and most confusing. You may suddenly find yourself in an awkward phase of life where your body feels out of control as it changes and your feelings are all over the place. You start discovering insecurities that you never thought of before. Teachers and parents and coaches may start putting pressure on you to perform well in academics, athletics, and activities. It’s a pressure you’ve never experienced before. The friendships that always came easy during elementary school are now changing and becoming confusing and complex. You’re confronted with a culture of meanness, as bullies will do anything and everything to tear you down in order to build themselves up. As a result, maybe you’re finding yourself wanting to be a bully or harm yourself just to try to find a sense of control. The meanness is fierce and relentless. To top it all off, you’re trying to discover how to gain independence as you prepare for adulthood, but you still crave security and support from your parents. It’s like a juggling game of independence and dependence. Before you realize it, you’re beginning to act in ways you never would have before. You start to lose yourself while trying to find yourself. I say all of this just to say: I get it. I’ve been there. Quite frankly- it sucks. I want to come alongside you during the journey of these tough and confusing years. During this journey, I can help you in discovering who you are and who you were meant to be. We can get through this together.
Other life stressors such puberty, moving to a new school, breaking up with a first love, family changes that may happen through a divorce or death will really take a toll on a preteen and teen. Many parents are just trying to survive as well though these stressors and miss their child’s pain and only see the behavioral and emotional issues. I desire to work with your family and your child by using a variety of techniques to help them discover their emotions and behaviors and learn to channel them in healthy ways.
Going to therapy can seem intimidating and scary. However, I am confident both you (the parent) and you (the child/teen) will feel so much better after our first session. I look forward to the opportunity to partner with you and create a healthy and supportive therapeutic relationship!