Adolescent Issues

Today’s teens and adolescents face a variety of unique issues. Adolescents are still figuring out who they are and what their place is in the world. They may be struggling with questions of identity, sexuality, and relationships. Adolescence is also when a number of mental health problems (such as anxiety or depression) may first develop or become noticeable. A mental health professional who specializes in adolescent issues can be a great asset in helping a young person navigate this distinctive time in their lives. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

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When working with adolescents, I tend to use an action-based, values-driven approach with acceptance and mindfulness strategies to increase psychological flexibility, identify helpful & unhelpful behaviors, and improve self-esteem so they can live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to them. Teens can use the skills learned from mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy to take charge of their destiny and face their problems head-on.

— Lindsay Lorson, Clinical Social Worker in , TX

Many of my clients are adolescents and I strive to give them a voice and help build confidence. Adolescence is a pivotal time in life that is full of transition, relationship (family, friends, etc.) navigation, and finding oneself. Therapy is a great resource for adolescents to have during this time in life and when given the proper tools, they thrive like no other.

— Jacqueline Siempelkamp, Licensed Professional Counselor in Radnor, PA

Adolescence is a beautiful and wild time. The brain is undergoing this massive transformation. There are so many "firsts" occurring and you're really exploring and defining exactly who you are. Our society doesn't always do the best job at celebrating or preparing us for this transformation. (think media portrayals of the moody teen always being the butt of the joke). In reality, this time can be stressful for parents and teens alike. What if we could make it smoother with support?

— Charmecia Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Adolescence is a critical time of emotional growth and identity development. As adults, we often look back and laugh or wince at the woes of that time in our lives. As teens, however, that time felt full of uncertainty, as our bodies and emotions rapidly changed and we were constantly trying to keep up. I aim to help adolescents navigate this period of challenge and growth, managing peer relationships, love, and the balance of childhood and independence.

— Cristina Shea, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

Kristen supports adolescent experiencing issues with academic performance and pressure (getting into college, school programs and achievements), relationship difficulties, peer pressure (to engage in substance, alcohol use, and sexual activity), bullying/ cyberbullying, identity exploration, LGBTQ+, stress management, anxiety and depression.

— Kristen Ackerman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Being a teenager today is not an easy task. I work with teens and their families & caregivers to target specific behaviors that they would like to work on ranging from depression and anxiety to self harm and suicidal ideation. Perhaps you are going through a break up, reliving a traumatic time, battling an addiction, feel like nobody understands you or maybe you just want someone to talk to in a nonjudgmental environment.

— Remy Gordon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Coral Gables, FL

I love my work with teenagers and have worked with teenagers for nine years. Adolescence can be a time of great pain as well as great growth and initiation into great wisdom.

— Ben Heilveil, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am passionate about working with adolescents and have extensive experience working with this age group and the many challenges that often arise during this transitional time of life.

— Kayla Nelson, Clinical Psychologist in Huntington, NY

Obviously you know your children better than anyone. There is not a counselor you’ll encounter who could reasonably claim otherwise. What I can offer, though, is a professional setting where I am neither a family member or a peer. At a time in your child’s life when it seems like they might be looking to their friend group instead of to you, it makes sense that you have concerns about what goes on in that friend group away from your supervision. I am the third option.

— Evan Powers, Mental Health Counselor in Loveland, CO

I've been working with teens in numerous avenues for the last 15 years. I assist clients with not only gender identity, but also teen depression, anxiety, and self esteem. Parenting a teen is incredibly difficult, and you know your child best. I appreciate working along side the parents if necessary or desired, hoping to build better relationships and connections between parent and teen.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I intricately and intimately understand the unique challenges that accompany childhood and adolescence. I know how to relate and build rapport with kids and teens. I believe that the greatest gift we can give to our children is the gift of nonjudgmental understanding, and it can be extremely helpful to provide them with an objective third party support. I specialize in helping younger individuals successfully manage their growing pains and navigate through the complex challenges of life.

— Anne Petraro, Counselor in Lake Grove, NY

Adolescence is a strange and awkward time. You're dealing with schoolwork, friend/family drama, and all sorts of personal changes. You want freedom, you want to make your own choices, and you want to be heard. Yet, this can be a difficult change for those around you (especially adults) to understand. As a baby-faced millennial, I help tweens and teens overcome these issues, by empowering them and providing them with a safe space to be unequivocally themselves.

— Brittany Graham, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Adolescence is a time of life with tremendous physical and psychological growth. It comes with amazing leaps and bounds, as well as struggles and challenges. I am honored to sit with my teen clients as they let me into their worlds, and together we help navigate the trying times and celebrate the wins.

— Megan Agee, Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

Anxiety /Depression manifests itself in many areas of life such as relationships, jobs, and school. Teens’ anxieties are especially affected in relation to peer groups, self-perception, and the desire to do well in school. You may notice your child withdrawing from relationships or exhibiting low self-esteem as a result of anxiety. In our work together, I will help your teen to feel good about themselves, decrease depression and negative thoughts and to recognize the strengths they carry within.

— Alexa von Oertzen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Coral Springs, FL

I have expensive experience and training working with adolescents in various settings. I work with children and teens processing family changes, school needs, bullying, sports performance, stress management, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem needs. I provide affirming care for LGBTQ children and teens.

— Amber Lynn Connell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hatboro, PA

I have been working with adolescents since May 2019 when I started my journey as a therapist!

— Ashley Garcia, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Sherwood, OR

Early on, Kimberly received training with acute children and adolescents in PHP and IOP services. She has used that training to help children and adolescents with emotional regulation, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, mindfulness, impulsivity, child/parent relationships, trauma, anger, aggression, and ADHD/executive functioning. Kimberly uses play therapy and age-appropriate techniques while working with kids and adolescents to help them express themselves during therapy.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have worked with preteens/ teens across a number of settings, including residential care, educational settings, and outpatient therapy. In my practice, I create a safe space in which to explore questions of identity/ belonging, as well as to heal from anxiety and trauma. Together, we will tailor therapy so that it is the best possible fit for you/ your teen. For more information about the approaches I draw from, visit my website at:

— Jamie Martos, Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA