Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

April 29, 2021

How to Connect With Your Teen: Communicating with Curiosity and Compassion

About The Episode

Parenting a teen can be challenging, especially in a pandemic. Our teens are struggling right now for many reasons, and parents are grappling with how to support them in a meaningful way. How can you be a sounding board for your teen and really connect with them without trying to fix the problem or seem dismissive? Listen in to this podcast episode with Jennifer Leydecker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Clinical Manager at CHC as she shares her experience and expertise from years of working with teens. She will share important strategies that you can use to communicate and connect with your teen.

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Guest Info

Jennifer Leydecker

Jennifer Leydecker, LMFT

Clinical Program Manager at CHC

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jennifer joins us with over 10 years of experience working with youth and families in both school and outpatient settings in the Bay Area. She has training in supporting LGBTQ youth, managing difficult behaviors of tweens and teens, depression, anxiety, self-harm, crisis intervention, substance abuse and trauma focused therapy. Jennifer works to build a collaborative, compassionate and client-centered relationship and believes in the capacity for change and growth. She enjoys supporting youth and their families as they navigate this important and sometimes curvy road of development.

Show Notes

Sometimes we forget (when they give us the silent treatment or shut themselves in their room) that what our teens really want is to be heard. To feel validated and seen for who they really are as they formulate their identities independent from their parents. But connecting with teenagers in a meaningful way can be hard, especially in this time of competing demands where we are juggling multiple roles and the lines between home, school and work are blurred. In this podcast episode, we sat down with teen expert and CHC Clinical Program Manager, Jennifer Leydecker, LMFT, to get her advice on using curiosity and compassion to truly connect with your teen. You’ll hear mindfulness skills like “observe and describe,” as well as tips on how to make space to start tough conversations. Parents with kids of any age will appreciate Jennifer’s wise insights, both as a licensed therapist and mom of three.


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