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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Teen years are all about becoming our own, individual selves, which can sometimes put us at odds with parents, caregivers, and families overall. Your teen may be wrestling with aspects of their identity, self esteem, or behavior that's keeping them from living their lives authentically. I offer support for teens and their caregivers age 14-18, and I'm comfortable making space to talk about family challenges, drugs, alcohol, and sex.

— Darcy Dittrich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Being a teen is tough! I focus on issues impacting your teen and provide the tools and strategies for your child to successfully cope and navigate through these challenges. Psychoeducation is an important part of what I do so that your child has the facts needed to make sound decisions, as well as understanding potential consequences of their choices. Let’s face it, teens don’t always want to talk to their parents, but yet there is so much knowledge and guidance we would like them to have.

— Yara Goldstein, Clinical Social Worker

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

Adolescence is HARD! From one transition to the next, it can get complicated and overwhelming. I have a particular interest in working with adolescents who are struggling with identity issues, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or emerging personality disorders.

— Elaina Vig, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Saint Louis Park, MN

Adolescent clients are one of my favorite groups to work with. Adolescence is a time of growth and self-discovery but it is not always easy. I am honored to be able to provide support and safety to my adolescent clients.

— Logan Druckman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

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

Being a teen is a critical time in life where we are trying to find our position and place in the world and gain our independence. Not knowing who we are yet and trying to met others' expectations can make teens feel off-balance and misunderstand. Therapy gives them a place to explore themselves freely to find what they want out of life.

— savannah wilson, Student Therapist in oakland, CA

Most of my work has been with children and teens in high trauma settings such as foster care and advocacy centers that work with cases concerning childhood sexual assault, physical abuse, and/or neglect. I have a deep understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how high ACE scores, meaning more exposure to multiple adverse experiences as a child, can impact an individual's mental and physical health throughout the entire lifespan.

— Cassie Rovig, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

ADHD Anger Anxiety Conflict Decision Making Depression Grief Impulsivity Motivation Parenting/Discipline Self-Esteem Stress

— Jason Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in North Richland Hills, TX

Being a teen can be stressful. So many things going on that may feel uncomfortable or tricky to talk about with parents, or even close friends. Issues that can arise in teen counseling include depression, anxiety, feelings of social isolation, gender or sexual identity questions, substance use, low self-esteem, and school related stress. These may not be things that teens feel comfortable addressing with a parent, friend, or teacher. That’s what I am here for.

— Jessamy Whitsitt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

As an adolescent therapist I look at the context and relationships in teenager’s lives that are important to them and how those relationships inform their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. ​Family dynamics can be difficult, and I often incorporate family members in my work with teenagers to address relational issues, family interactions, communication difficulties and destructive patterns that keep families stuck. I ask parents to respect their teenagers’ privacy in individual sessions as much as possible. Although parents have the right to know about the content and process of their child’s therapy, it can delay or stall a teenager’s progress if a parent gets overinvolved. It takes a trusted and safe environment for a teenager to feel comfortable enough to open up and talk openly about their feelings, challenges and fears. Therapy is most effective with teenagers when parents respectfully give teenagers space to explore their own challenges while being supportive.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Adolescence is such a time of transition! For many, this transition results in anxiety, questioning of identity, and maybe a few mistakes. I have years of expertise helping teens to turn this time into an exciting exploration and expression of who they are becoming. Whether there have been concerns about drugs or alcohol use, sexual experimentation or pregnancy, or skipping school, I am confident that I can help both your teen, and yes, you, too, moms and dads!

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA

I love working with teens. I get them and they know it. Whether it's behavioral issues, truancy, anxiety, depression, peer pressure, I help them to learn how to cope and heal.

— Marquia Anderson, Counselor in Flourtown, PA

Adolescence is such a challenging time, wanting to be free but knowing that you still have such much to learn and do. The exploration of self is incredibly difficult with so many opinions and influences from everywhere. I help teens sort through all the noise and find the path that takes them to better heights. No challenge is unusual for me. I only ask the teen to give me a chance, when they do, they begin to find the clarity they so eagerly seek!

— Andrea de Aguayo, Psychologist in ,

I work with teenagers 13 years and older to provide solutions for anxiety, depression, child & family conflict, low self-esteem, nonbinary & transgender affirming therapy, and academic challenges. Adolescence is a challenging time. It’s a time to build your identity, to figure out who you are, and who you hope to become. I utilize dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to provide solutions for your teen in a comfortable session where they'll be heard.

— Riley Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

The population I work with most often is adolescents between the ages of 11-18. However, I also work with children and adults as well.

— Ashley Thwaites, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Macon, GA

Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, depressive disorders, anger management, emotion regulation, break-up issues, grief/loss, LGBTQ-related issues.

— Ashley Spitzer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WADSWORTH, OH

I have a specialization in children/teens. One of my strengths is building trust and rapport with teens, which allows the therapy process to unfold.

— Melissa Wetherington, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cherry Hill, NJ