My name is Mallory Grimste and I'm a Teen Therapist with a counseling practice in Woodbridge, CT.
I love helping teens struggling with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem learn how to feel better through individual and group counseling.
Learning to connect with your inner guide is what it's all about! That's why I treat each individual based on their personal preferences and needs. My sessions are collaborative, where generally the teen takes the lead in the direction and focus of counseling.
What areas do I support teens with?
Teens are multi-faceted people just figuring out who they are in this big, big world. Here are just three areas I support teens so they can feel better:
1. Relationships: Does your teen find it difficult to say no to others? Are you tired of seeing them hurt by friends and relationships that aren't healthy? Figuring out who you are and what you stand for can help!
2. Coping Skills: Life is stressful- and let's be real, the stresses just keep coming. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and start panicking! Spending the day curled up in bed, hunched over your iPad, binging on your latest Netflix find won't make the problems go away. Learning healthy ways to cope will help you hang in there through the intense and difficult times.
3. Communication: Feeling misunderstood seems to be a universal teenage trait. "I'm just being honest" and "Wasn't it obvious?" don't tend to get teens what they want. Learning how to clearly share thoughts, feelings and desires in much more effective way does.
my training and approach
Along the way, I've had training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (also commonly referred to as CBT, DBT, and TF-CBT, respectively). These therapies have been especially helpful in treating teens struggling with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
Regardless of all my training, I treat each individual based on their personal preferences and needs. All of my work is collaborative, where generally the teen takes the lead in the direction and focus of counseling.
Working with those in the under-18 crowd, I find it super important and helpful to work with parents as well. After all, they're living this experience with their kid. For individual clients, we meet all together to review your teen's treatment, goals and overall progress each quarter, (approximately every three months). For group clients, parents complete a monthly parent feedback form and get weekly e-mails sharing one way they can support their teen in between group meetings.
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In the Media | Mallory Grimste, LCSW
Therapist, Expert in Teenage Emotional & Mental Health
Mental health therapist Mallory Grimste, LCSW is a highly sought after teenage emotional and mental health expert. She specializes in helping anxious, depressed, and emotional teens create a life worth living. Her clients often leave therapy with better self-esteem and improved relationships now that they have the skills needed to be more mindful, cope with life's stress, communicate more effectively, and regulate their emotions.