They are living online, surrounded by five screens. YouTube is king, and the new preference for social media is anonymity. It may be no surprise that this generation has an attention span of 8 seconds.
As a post-9/11 generation, Gen Z feels the world is less secure than it used to be, but that’s led to resourcefulness. They are career-driven and entrepreneurial, challenging traditional school with hackschooling1 or non-paid internships for hands-on experience.
Spiritual, not Religious
Gen Z is the first post-Christian generation in U.S. history. They lack biblical literacy and prefer to be identified as spiritual, not religious, with a desire for a faith that is socially relevant, integrating cultural issues and the cosmos.
Diverse and Inclusive
They are growing up in multigenerational homes and diverse classrooms. Gen Z is inclusive, collaborative and values equal opportunities. Their neighborhoods are diverse and include the stranger, the immigrant and the refugee.
Money to Spend, Money to Give
Gen Z has $44 billion a year in spending power, preferring to shop online. But they aren’t just buying trendy shoes. Twenty-six percent have raised money for a cause, 32 percent have donated their own money, and 26 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds volunteer on a regular basis.
CDC Research suggests they face a Mental Health Crisis
Though Gen Z is driven and more responsible, an unstable family life, trauma and the rise of the smartphone have made way for vulnerabilities. The CDC reports that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience sexual trauma before the age of 18. Connected but lonelier and sleeping less than other generations, Gen Z is primed for a mental health crisis.
Monica provides therapy for:
Eating Disorders/problems with eating
Anxiety, depression & stress
Relationship problems at home or school
Trauma caused by a sexual assault, abuse or witness to violence
Grief due to a lost loved one or relationship
Difficulty adjusting to a new school or home environment
We never alienate a child from a parent.
We resolve parent-child conflict through a healthy, systemic approach.
We will coordinate care, with your Release, with your teen’s pediatrician, school counselor, dietician or other support person(s) as needed.
Our approach to boundaries are that they are ‘defining’, not ‘punitive’.
Our approach utilizes evidence-based Attachment Family Systems Therapy.
Standard Intake Process:
Request appointment with Monica online.
Complete all intake forms online.
Monica prefers to meet with both parents if at all possible PRIOR to seeing the teen.
If divorced, you will need to email Monica a copy of the divorce decree addressing parental medical rights in PDF form prior to Monica’s first visit with your teen. [email protected]