When it comes to adolescence, there’s no doubt it’s a time of enormous change and development. And for some teens and families, it’s also a time of interpersonal conflict, high emotions and challenging behaviours.

Child psychiatrist Dr Dan Siegel specialises in working with teens and young people and he understands the unique challenges that adolescents have to navigate due to changes in the brain. He released a book on the topic this year for teens, parents and anyone who works with or supports adolescents called Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.

In this podcast episode Dr Siegel shares:

  • The benefits, challenges and purpose of adolescence.
  • Some of the most common myths of adolescence.
  • What is happening in the brain of a teenager.
  • How the teenage brain is involved when it comes to risk-taking behaviour.
  • How to best support a teenager who may be struggling.
  • How we can empower adolescents who are going through such huge changes.

This is a fascinating interview with one of the world’s leading authorities on this topic.

Links and resources mentioned in this episodes:

About Dr Daneiel Siegel:

Dr Dan Siegel on The Australia Counselling PodcastDaniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. His books include “Mindsight,” “The Developing Mind,” “The Mindful Brain,” “The Mindful Therapist,” “Parenting From the Inside Out,” and “The Whole-Brain Child.” He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes “Healing Trauma,” “The Power of Emotion,” and “Trauma and the Body.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. For more information on Dr. Siegel’s work, please visit DrDanSiegel.com.

Books written by Dr Siegel:

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