The teen years can be tough ones- teens are negotiating a complex world of academic demands, social pressures, and the quest for independence from parental control. If you have particular health concerns, we recommend you first speak with your parents. However, if the issue is a sensitive or embarrasing one, and you do not feel comfortable discussing it with mom or dad, please do call Dr. Jenn or Dr. Nikki- we are YOUR doctors. In addition, the State of Connecticut mandates that discussions we have with teens 13 and older about sexuality, drug and/or alcohol use, smoking, and psychiatric concerns are confidential. That means that we will not tell your parents what you confide in us, UNLESS we are seriously worried for your safety and well-being. We may, however, with your permission, help you start a conversation with your parents about any issues you might be struggling with.
If you would like to speak with us privately, please be sure to tell this to our receptionist, and leave a personal cell phone number and several time periods when we can contact you for a confidential discussion.
Articles of Interest
The Sleepy Teenager
Below are some links to useful websites that may have the answers to many of your questions:
Information about a girl's first period and what to expect.
Mental health, nutrition and fitness resources.
Information about important vaccinations for teen
Internet safety, help and education resource.
It gets better project: a collection of hundreds of YouTube vidoes of gay men and lesbians offering inspiration to teens who have been discriminated against or bullied because of their sexual identities.
“Above the influence” project that helps teens deal with the pressure to drink alcohol and use drugs.
Has a great calculator app to determine caloric value of various foods, and how many calories burned in various exercises.
Answers to many of your sexual health questions
Planned Parenthood website
Facts about the sexual health/issues of adolescents
College, career and life planning publications for life after high school.
Here's where you'll find the key resources you need about college choice, majors/minors, financial aid, college applications, job searching tools and much more.
It is never too early to begin planning for college. We offer a year-by-year checklist to help you keep the college planning process on track.
The Center for Youth Citizenship - Preparing youth for today's world and tomorrow's responsibilities.
Encourages young people to create their own vision for making a difference in their community and provides them with the resources and support needed.
A list of websites to help youth become active leaders in their communities.
"queer owned and operated" website with information on sexuality, sexual health, relationship information, support and advice for the full gender spectrum.
Teen Driving Safety