Parent-Teen family mediation is very different from therapy. In fact, it is a wonderful complement to individual therapy and strengthens the parent child relationship.
Adolescents meet with clinicians for any number of reasons – to overcome obstacles, explore identity, vent frustrations and develop skills. The family is often simultaneously struggling with conflicts that need to be addressed in the here and now. Parent child conflict can cause so much tension in the household that it becomes an obstacle for effective communication in the home and for the teenager in therapy.
Mediation is a focused problem solving activity. Mediation does not interfere with the important clinical work being addressed in individual therapy and family counseling services.