Talks & tools for the journey of parenting a struggling teen from the TWO TENTS Team.
Designed to be helpful for adolescents and their parents struggling with School Avoidance, Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, Depression, Low Motivation, Social or General Anxiety, Phobias or Perfectionism.
An overview of and insight into the symptoms and struggles that people with anxiety deal with on a daily basis. While this is not an all-encompassing explanation of anxiety, it will hopefully give you a better understanding of your child's mental state.
Coping Skills should be used day-to-day to Feel your Feelings and Address the Problems.
Crisis Survival Skills should be used to Take a Break (focus AWAY) rather than getting stuck in an emotional crisis.
A guide and downloadable tools designed to help your family understand the process of PSYCHOPHARMACHOLOGY (using medications to help brains work) and what you need to do to make it work for you.
Typical vs. Problem Behaviors & Adolescent Developmental Tasks
Brief Assessment Tool
TWO TENTS IOP Overview
Understand how a biological predisposition (filter) to emotional dysregulation and an invalidating social environment create a social filter that now distorts all interactions, including loving, validating interactions and turns anxiety / depression into a self-loathing (shame) cycle.
Contains Graphic Christianity
Resources for those who already believe and for those recognizing their need is greater than evidence-based practices can meet.
Parenting based on what’s important to you
Using value clarification & mindful actions skills to increase self-awareness, growth mindset & responsibility while decreasing self-dysregulation and family conflict.
Finding new ways to interact with the world
Using Interpersonal Effectiveness skills to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals & groups being aware while setting boundaries, and saying "No" appropriately.
Creating a “Pause” between Thought & Action
Using Wise Mind and emotion regulation skills to increase positive emotions while effectively coping with anger, fear, share, sadness and decrease interpersonal chaos.
Understanding & training your child’s inner voice
Using flexible thinking, diffusion and distress tolerance skills to increase self-management and problem solving while decreasing behavioral and cognitive dysregulation.
When individual therapy isn't enough or to avoid / step down from hospitalization our intensive program provides a great opportunity to learn skills and decide on what big changes need to be made individually and as a family to move forward more effectively.
Raising children who are struggling is hard. Come talk with other parents on the journey.
Two Tents Clinical Director Bio
I’m a GenX, postmodern, question everything person who happens to be blessed with parents who took in orphans, prayed for food, answered their callings and sacrificed so their children knew they were loved. That mix created an irreverent soul that cares deeply for children, families and especially adolescents.
I have close to thirty years of experience working with and for children, youth and families catalyzing change at the individual, family, organizational and systems levels. With a Masters in clinical psychology, I have provided crisis management, intensive in-home therapy and wrap-around services for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. I have 20+ years’ working or volunteering with youth and young adults through youth ministry and community programs. In partnership with North Kansas City Hospital co-created the Quarky app to connect Kansas City 14-24-year-olds to articles, events and resources focused on mental health and well-being. Currently, I developed and direct the Two Tents Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents struggling with anxiety/depression. We are building strong partnerships with our area school districts and I am an invited speaker on Anxiety, Grit and Parenting. These opportunities have made me innovative, practical and taught me to think about enhancing the whole safety net surrounding at-risk children, youth and families.
I have a wonderful wife, Kori, who founded and runs the Renew Counseling Center in Olathe, a beautiful 10-year-old little girl, Nora, twin boys (Grayson who is four and Jude who went to heaven way too early) and have recently adopted two foster siblings (5 & 3) Chandler and Milla into our home.