Glastonbury psychologist helps teen girls and new moms find support

GLASTONBURY -- Growing-up has always been tough. Add-in the modern-day pressures of social media and this rite of passage is all the more difficult, especially for young women. A Glastonbury psychologist helps adolescents cope with the challenges — offering a weekly Girls Group, intended to help teens build strength, spirit, and support.

"It's a safe place where kids can be authentic and talk about things that are really bothering them," Dr. Kristine Schlichting, owner of Hopewell Health Solutions says of the group. Topics tackled and discussed range from sex to self-esteem issues.

Schlichting is using a concept she created — i-Therapy — to help these girls, along with teen boys, new moms and parents of kids with disabilities. I-Therapy takes traditional "talk therapy" one step further.

"I really want to see people get better. I don't want them to be dependent on us," says Schlichting.

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