Dr. Stanley has provided clinical services to children, adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings, and has been a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 2008. Dr. Stanley is actively involved in training residents and fellows in diagnosing and treating adolescent mental health concerns, including assessment and prevention of adolescent suicide. She also has a special interest in treating adolescents who engage in self-harm.
Adolescence is a critical life stage during which individuals explore and decide upon the values, relationships, self-concept, and life skills that will define their identities and achievements as adults. Psychotherapy can have a powerful impact at this stage of life, as young people learn effective coping and interpersonal skills, develop a positive identity, and make informed choices which can potentially change their entire life course. Treatment begins with a thorough assessment and the development of a treatment plan in collaboration with the teen and his or her family. Dr. Stanley uses a variety of effective treatment strategies that are tailored to the needs of the individual.