Who We Help

Helping Students & Families

Our specialty is working with adolescents, young adults and their families. Many of our students come to us with complexities affecting their lives both in and out of the classroom. Some may be having difficulties with learning or educational achievement, while others may be struggling with their families, with peers or with the negative influences in their lives. Others may even be having problems with the law, with over use of computers/technology or with drugs and alcohol. Often times their struggles are not easily compartmentalized and consequently many aspects of their lives become affected. Making the maze for getting help that much more complicated to navigate.

Who might benefit from working with TAG Counseling?   (Middle School through Young Adulthood)

 
who we helpMany of our adolescent clients exhibit varying degrees and combinations of the following behaviors and issues:

  • Declining academic performance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Increased aggressiveness or anger (verbal and/or physical)
  • Poor impulse control
  • Lack of motivation, underachievement
  • Poor social skills
  • Difficulty making or keeping friends
  • Negative peer group
  • Bullying
  • Difficulty making transitions or adapting to change
  • Inter-relational difficulties
  • Adoption difficulties
  • Erratic moods
  • Anger
  • Relational or adoptive struggles
  • Rebellion against authority
  • Opposition or defiance
  • Substance abuse/chemical dependency
  • Social media abuse/sexting
  • Process abuse/addiction (internet, gaming, gambling, pornography)
  • Sexual acting out or promiscuity
  • Struggles with loss or grief
  • Running away
  • Trouble with the law
  • Self-harm or suicidal/homicidal gestures, ideation
  • Previous acute psychiatric care or multiple treatment interventions or placements

 

Some students may have one or more of the following diagnoses:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Learning Disability (LD)
    • Language-Based
    • Non verbal (NLD/NVLD)
    • Visual and/or Auditory
    • Processing
    • Writing Disorders/Dysgraphia
    • Reading Disorders/Dyslexia
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Personality Disorder (Borderline, Dependent, Conduct, etc)
  • Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency
  • Internet Use Disorder (Internet Addiction, Video Gaming Addiction, Social Media Abuse, Cell Phone Abuse)
  • Sexual Identity Disorder
  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity,etc)
  • Thought Disorder (Psychosis, Schizoid, etc)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood Disorder (Depression, Bipolar, etc)
  • Brain trauma/injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger’s, Autism, or other Pervasive Development Disorders (PDD))
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Complex Trauma
  • Complex Grief

 

Our young adult clients typically are developmentally struggling to make that transition from adolescence to young adulthood. They may be having difficulties with the following:

  • Self-identity
  • Interest development
  • Self-esteem
  • Completion of tasks or goals
  • Sense of focus/direction in life
  • Work ethic/occupational skills
  • Underutilization of strengths and talents
  • Self-reliance and autonomy
  • Independent living skills
  • Motivation
  • Accountability and responsibility for self
  • Immature coping skills
  • Substance use/abuse/dependency/addiction
  • Technology dependence or abuse (gaming, gambling, social networks, pornography)
  • Educational performance
  • Friendships and maladaptive peer association
  • Sexual identity
  • Setting healthy boundaries for self and others
  • Familial relations