Sharon Martin LCSW shares her work with parents and teens in embracing imperfection

Today’s guest is Sharon Martin, licensed clinical social worker in San Jose, CA. She works with adolescents and adults in helping them embrace their imperfections as individuals and as a family. Now here is todays episode.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Sharon began her career working with teenagers
  • She is a mom of three children
  • In her work she pulls from her own personal teen years and the struggles she had socially, being sensitive person, and with perfectionism
  • “Lost sense of who I was”
  • Perfectionism can impact both teens and adults
    • Increase stress levels
    • If I’m not perfect, then it will be catastrophic
    • Attempting to people please and look for approval of who you are
  • Teens need to separate, become individuals and mess up and learn from their mistakes
  • Supporting parents is similar to how working with teens
    • Help parents in letting go
    • Explore how they as parents are separate from children
    • What do you imagine the the worst thing is going to happen and how realistic is it that it will happen
  • Inner exploration vs looking outside yourself for validation
  • Parallel Processes
    • Teens-grappling with identity of who am I
    • Women-can have “lost of sense of self” as mom and rediscovering who they are
  • Why they seek therapy:
    • To find out “Am I ok” for the teenager and for parents it is “will my child going to be ok”-giving them reassurance and hope
  • Educating being imperfect is enough
    • Change in brain development for this stage
    • We are all imperfect
    • Helpful for parents to model imperfections with children
    • Role model that making mistakes is normal
  • Life is a journey not a destination
  • Benefits of therapy:
    • Help parents and teens explore internal values
    • You will be able to handle anything life throws at you
    • Teens imagine ideal life that won’t turn out exactly like they imagine.
      • Parts of it will be better than expected and parts of it worse than thought.
    • Learn how to take healthy risks

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Sharon’s Information:

SharonMartinCounseling.com

PsychCentral-Happily Imperfect

Book Recommendations: (Affiliate link)

Kirsten Neff’s-Self Compassion

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