Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

How I Treat Suicidal Youths

I have always believed that suicide is the result of unresolved conflict under the surface of an emotional facade. I have always believed that suicidal was a cry for help, a cry for meaning, a cry for restoration, and a cry for an escape. it isn’t an unnatural state of existence. In fact, I believe it to a very human state of existence that, if honest, a lot of people can relate to.

When I treat families who have a child or teen struggling with suicidal thoughts my first line of intervention is empathy and compassion. It is important that families develop empathy and compassion for the one considering suicide. Empathy and compassion can be lost in a family sea of frustration, anger, and fatigue.

The second line of intervention is education. You need to know what is truly going on and how to intervene. Following 2-3 sessions of education and insight building, I then expect families to use what they know to incorporate changes or incorporate a crisis plan.

The ultimate goal for counseling is to build insight, build knowledge, build strength, and then a plan for tackling daily life.


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CORONA VIRUS1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

Trying to understand all of the chaos associated with the #coronavirus can feel very overwhelming.

I want to let ALL of my clients/patients who come to Anchored Child & Family Counseling or who see me for consultations know that I am taking the necessary steps to ensure that all of the families and individuals who come to the office are safe and healthy.

Please know that, in the event Anchored Child & Family Counseling is asked to alter its hours or close for the safety of all clients/patients, I will be offering tele-health (online, computer, or phone) services. Although I do not anticipate this happening any time soon, this is important to be prepared for.

I also want to assure you that if I receive any information regarding the corona virus that involves your insurance and/or your care I will let you know as soon as possible.

Although many of the new reports may appear to be or feel exaggerated, as you know keeping our eyes open and making smart decisions is essential.

Please let me know if you have questions!



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