Sierra Agape Therapeutic Services is committed to supporting our community’s adolescents and transitional age youth (ages 16 to 24) by teaching skills and practices for balancing their lives despite busy and often overwhelming schedules. Adolescents benefit by learning ways to manage their anxiety related to school and how to minimize pressure through awareness of triggers for anxiety (test-taking, over-scheduling, lack of sleep) that cause problems for them in school or in their relationships.
We work with adolescents (and parents) who are having difficulty with school pressures by offering individual therapy that emphasizes teaching skills for decreasing anxiety, understanding how chronic stress affects their bodies, and encouraging development of self-care practices. We teach adolescents the benefits of body-mind awareness by practicing simple yoga postures, mindfulness practices including breath-work, nutrition and making simple healthy foods, and tapping into creative potential through art or other creative expression in order to balance their lives. Learning these practices will help teens develop wellness habits for life and will help replace habits that are not beneficial. In therapy, we teach teens how to communicate effectively and compassionately by teaching language form Non-Violent Communication. We teach teens how to problem solve thoughtfully and skillfully rather than reacting and causing themselves more distress.