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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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 have worked with teens for 15+ years in a variety of roles. I have worked with pre-teens and teens in a therapeutic role for 5 years. I really enjoy supporting teens navigate all the complexities of their identity, symptoms, family, and social aspects of life.

— Sonja Crisosto, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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 ,

Adolescence and early adulthood can be an exhilarating and intimidating time of life. As you transition out of childhood, you're faced with many important questions like who you are and what you want for your life, as so much of your world changes. School, career, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, family. It's a lot to sort through alone! I sit with clients to help them navigate this period with compassion, courage, and curiosity.

— Erin Tillson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN

As each generation knows, teens face unique problems in their worlds that their parents did not get to experience. With the interconnections of the world and advances in technology, the problems of teens today is no exception. I have partnered with adolescents and teens, as well as their families to help them navigate the special circumstances they experience. I have worked with teens in residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, and now in private practice.

— Jacob Butler, Counselor in Canadian, OK

Being a teenager is challenging, with massive developmental and social shifts. Being the parent of a teenager can be terrifying. It is a critical time, and multiple factors determine long-term mental health. Helping young people get back on track increases long-term stability and overall well-being. I have worked with teens and young adults since 2001 through my career as an educational and career consultant for Sierra College. I provided therapy to young adults and teens through my internships

— Tanya Hanrihan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I enjoy working with pre-teens and youth of all ages on topics ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, medical illnesses, family dynamics, parent-teen conflict, body image processing, grief and loss. I have a bachelors degree in youth Studies from the University of Mn, this included much experiential and drama training. Also, my Parent Coaching certificate provides insight for families struggling with connection. Have you tried Tapping, it's a powerful tool to release stress.

— Lisa Nielsen-Karatz, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

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

I have specialized training and experience in working with youth. I started my career in School Counseling and have worked in both a middle school and high school setting. I am well versed in the issues facing youth today.

— Paige Sparkman, Counselor in Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Being a teenager is hard. You're not a child and not yet an adult. You're trying to figure yourself out, what you want, who to trust and what you want to be. It's a lot to deal with and it can be a challenging stage of life if you are not supported. I won't make your life perfect but we'll work together to see in what areas we can make life not as difficult. Maybe there are things about yourself you want understand or understand about others. If you're ready for me, I'm ready for you!

— Regina Guzman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Adolescents face many stressors as they attempt to navigate the responsibilities in their daily lives as well as the physiological and changing developmental phases. Several stressors they may be experiencing but are not limited to are: peer relationships, romantic relationships, learning how to implement boundaries, body image issues, learning to regulate their emotions, managing social media, and life transitions.

— Maribel Higuera, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

At Newport Academy, we believe that true transformation occurs as our teens learn to see themselves as beautiful, bright, and powerful people who can take control of their own lives. In order to help our patients achieve that goal, we maintain the highest possible standards for our services, and commission third-party evaluations of our programming. By consistently gathering and analyzing data related to our outcomes, we’re able to make more strategic and tailored decisions for our patients.

— Newport Academy, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Orange, CA

Help teens figure out the best way to identify and express how they are feeling. Share better communication techniques so teens and their families can begin to understand each other honestly. Allow teens to have a space to share their thoughts without being judged.

— Katherine Traxler, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Our clinicians help adolescents develop a more secure and healthy identity and understanding of themselves, improve communication skills, and resolve conflicts both inside and outside the home. In working with teens, our clinicians first and foremost foster a space where they feel truly safe to open up and trust in the relationship. We value authentic connection and trust.

— Washington Psychological Wellness, Mental Health Practitioner in Gaithersburg, MD

I have 20 years of working with children ages 11-18. As a therapist and within the school system itself. By helping the adolescents navigate issues ranging from ADHD diagnoses, depression, and anxiety, sexual identity, parenting adolescents, transitioning to middle school, peer/social conflict in a nonjudgmental way.

— Nina Fox, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Clarksville, IN

I am skilled in behavioral interventions and interpersonal relationships. These areas, including emotional regulation, are all pieces to working with Adolescents. A bulk of my experience is with adolescence, servicing in-home, and in schools.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor

One of the biggest changes in our lives is during the adolescent stage. Although rarely recognized for how truly hard it can be and how many changes are happening, speaking with a professional can really help. Adolescents are exposed to a wide variety of things and they should not have to go through it alone.

— Rosaura Yepez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Homestead, FL