Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD, is the director of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center and adjunct faculty at The Wright Institute. Her clinical work started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders, and body image concerns; particular areas of expertise are obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Zurita Ona also provides specialized services for individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation problems (borderline personality disorder), with or without self-harm and suicidal behaviors. She is coauthor of Mind and Emotions, a universal protocol for emotional disorders that has received a "Self-Help Seal of Merit" from the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT).
"As a certified school psychologist working in high schools for
many years, I genuinely wish I had Parenting a Troubled Teen
to give to the parents and guardians of the students I was helping.
Zurita Ona outlines very practical steps for adults who would like
to help their teenager thrive during the chaotic times in their
lives. Because the book is filled with real-world vignettes and
useful exercises, parents and guardians will find Parenting a
Troubled Teen to be a valuable resource for fostering stronger
and more mature relationships."
--D. J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, founder of Pickslyde Consulting and the MidAmerican Psychological Institute
"As a psychotherapist and author, I am in awe of Zurita Ona's capacity to accurately explain the principles and practices of acceptance and commitment therapy in such a down-to-earth manner, without jargon. As the parent of a teenager, I appreciate her empathic understanding of parents, and their teens, which comes across in her amazingly familiar examples. Parents who read this book and do the practices at the end of each chapter will definitely find greater freedom in experiencing difficult emotions without being controlled by them, and will be encouraged to bring cherished values alive in their parenting. This book is a precious gift."
--Charles Swenson, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
"As every parent knows, having children brings both joy and pain. But nothing prepares parents for the unique trials and tribulations of a troubled teen. Fortunately, help is at hand. This book is an incredibly practical guide to helping your child reduce suffering, build richer relationships, and become more successful in the face of life's many challenges. No matter how bad things may have gotten, it's never too late to turn the tide; and step-by-step, in a compassionate and respectful way, this book will show you just how to do it."
--Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple
"If you're parenting a troubled teen, you almost certainly feel like a troubled parent who has a troubled parent-child relationship. If this sounds familiar, read this book! Zurita Ona comes to the rescue with this revolutionary guide for breaking unhelpful patterns of interacting with your teen, becoming the parent you truly aspire to be, and having a rich and meaningful relationship despite the emotional challenges."
--Jill A. Stoddard, PhD, coauthor of The Big Book of ACT Metaphors, and director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego, CA
"Parents of teens who struggle with emotion regulation often describe feeling confused and overwhelmed by their teens' behavior. Zurita Ona has come to the rescue with her beautifully crafted guide on how to apply acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to the challenges experienced while parenting highly sensitive teens. This book will help parents manage their own intense emotions, and interact more empathically and effectively with their children. I look forward to recommending this book to the parents of my clients!"
--Jamie A. Micco, PhD, ABPP, clinical psychologist in private practice in Concord, MA, and lecturer in psychology at Harvard Medical School
"Patricia Zurita Ona offers thoughtful guidance and straightforward tools to help parents remain present for their struggling teen while learning to ride the push and pull of their teen's emotional tides. However, this book is not just for parents with troubled teens. Every parent will find something useful in this book, for what parent and what teen has not felt the pull of strong emotions?"
--Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, codirector of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley; and coauthor of My Anxious Mind
"Profound and compassionate, Parenting a Troubled Teen affirms real-world tools for caregivers. This book includes important information that offers new possibilities in parenting--challenging assumptions about adolescents while illuminating a fresh perspective on how to forge a meaningful connection that goes beyond 'fixing.'"
--Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW, social worker, peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, and coauthor of The ACT Approach