Right Now | A Work in Progress The Teen Brain

Your teenage daughter gets top marks in school, captains the debate team, and volunteers at a shelter for homeless people. But while driving the family car, she text-messages her best friend and rear-ends another vehicle.

How can teens be so clever, accomplished, and responsible—and reckless at the same time? Easily, according to two physicians at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School (HMS) who have been exploring the unique structure and chemistry of the adolescent brain. “The teenage brain is not just an adult brain with fewer miles on it,” says Frances E. Jensen, a professor of neurology. “It’s a paradoxical time of development. These are people with very sharp brains, but they’re not quite sure what to do with them.”

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Adolescent and Family Counselling Northern Beaches, SYDNEY

Jac is a registered psychotherapist and counsellor with a breadth of experience in providing support and psychological services to adolescents, adults, couples and families. She established her private practice ‘Beanstalk’ in 2013 on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, with additional premises on the North Shore.

Jac specializes in adolescent development, anxiety/stress, depression, parenting and the promotion of mindfulness.

Beanstalk can help by offering the following services::

  • Child/Adolescents
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Post-natal Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Grief/Loss
  • Anger
  • Specific Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Compulsions/Rituals

Beanstalk use integrated approaches influenced by the following:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Meditation / Mindfulness
  • Positive Psychology
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