My career has always included a focus on adolescent counseling. I began my work in social services in 1993 as a counselor in a shelter for homeless youth, and continued working with agencies serving children and teenagers until 2001. Currently, I teach a graduate-level course on adolescent development at Seattle University.
While our society is often suspicious of adolescent behavior, I find that it is an exciting time of intellectual and emotional growth and robust resiliency. Frequently, the key to working with youth is simply finding a way for them to get what they really want. It’s usually different from what they think they want — but it’s almost always something they truly need.