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 thinking of teens, people often visualize sullen, irritable behavior. However, we must be careful to acknowledge they may be feeling stressed, depression and/or anxiety. Perhaps you’ve even noticed a long time pattern of perfectionism, self-esteem difficulties that we often see with increasing academic and social pressures. I help youth in the reduction and management of their struggles by utilizing a combination of individual therapy, parent consultation/education, and family treatment.

— Toni Li, Psychologist in Oakland, CA

Since I was a trainee in my Master's program in the 1990s, my heart has been working with adolescent girls (ages 13-19). During that time I have also raised two amazing daughters and still love this population!

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Counselor in North Hollywood, CA
 

Being a teen is hard enough on its own. If you have had a traumatic experience, it can be even harder. I have interventions to help you process your trauma in a safe and objective environment. If you feel alone and unheard, this can be even more challenging. I allow for confidential place to process stressors and find helpful tools that can lend towards possible solutions. If you've engage in self harm, I can help with self harming alternatives and emotional exploration. Life can be easier

— Rachael Jordan, Counselor in Puyallup, WA

Kristen works with adolescent and young adults on issues of peer pressure, identity, self image, self worth, transitions, and work/ school stressors.

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

Today's adolescents face many stressors, including peer pressure, social media, setting boundaries, school pressure, among others. These stressors can become magnified when they are going through developmental, hormonal, and physical changes. Therapy can help them sort through the layers of stressors they face, with a trusted adult.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

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
 

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 had the pleasure of working with many adolescents in my career. Working with adolescents holds a special place in my heart as I also struggled with various issues as an adolescent. From cutting, disordered eating behaviors, peer pressure and poor self esteem, I am here to be a positive role model and support for your teen.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA
 

I have been working with adolescents since 2012. In The Child Mind Institute’s recent 2021 report: it was found that “55% of children felt more “sad, depressed or unhappy,” versus 25% of adults.” Additionally, “teens surveyed said that the pandemic had impacted their mental health in some way, with 37% saying it had made their mental health worse.” “But there is good news, too: 42% of teens overall say that the pandemic has increased the number of conversations they have around mental health.”

— Shanna Dew, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I love working with adolescents -- it may take a second to gain trust (understandably) but once you do, they dive deep (and are hilarious). I work to be the kind of therapist I needed as a teen. I help teens work through anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship issues while exploring their own identities & finding their place in this world. I want teens to know their value in a society where they are often devalued. And I want parents & teens to connect in healthy ways.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

As a former teacher, I have 20+ years working with children/adolescents. My work centers around addressing grief, depression, anxiety, school issues, gender identity and more. My goal is empower youth to make healthy decisions to improve their overall happiness and relationships.

— Rachelle Dudley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA
 

Adolescence can be a difficult period of transition. I use my experiences as a mentor, group leader, and therapist to connect with youth so that they feel seen and heard.

— Sergio Torres, Clinical Social Worker in yonkers, NY

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 La Vernia, TX
 

I focus on helping teens develop skills to navigate through the every changing friendships/relationships with themselves and others. The focus is on understanding the world from their eyes and helping them by providing education around phase of life changes, body changes and dealing with relationships.

— Runjhun Pandit, Counselor in Redwood City, CA

I've worked with children for almost a decade across various identities. As a school counselor by trade, most of my days are filled with teens who are needing more support. I recognized a critical need for more therapists specializing in this age group and decided to start my own practice. I have worked with children on various issues from anxiety to depression with suicidal ideation. I nurture trusting relationships that don't feel overwhelming or scary.

— Matty Blanc-Paul, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

I work with adolescent/teen clients that struggle with anxiety, depression, body-image issues, eating disorders, life transitions, and grief- much of which are related to growing up in a post-pandemic world. I offer an open-minded, easy-going, and supportive approach to help young clients navigate through life's stressors and find their purpose in life.

— Audrey Sarto, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Camarillo, CA

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
 

I have worked with middle school and high school age children extensively and find that I really love to work with this age group. I find that my natural compassionate, curious and playful nature works well with this stage of development.

— Sabrina Sherman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate