Teen 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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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-Parrish, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I struggled myself as an adolescent, that's why I'm a therapist. I believe that adolescents need a safe place to land to discuss their feelings without judgement. I offer a space of empathy and validation to them as we work on healthy coping methods.

— Marcey Heschel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cypress, TX

Things maybe difficult at home or school. You may feel feel frustrated or agitated and not know why. You maybe struggling with anxiety and self esteem. Wondering what others think of you. Maybe you're not quite sure what you want to do when you leave school however feel so much pressure to get it right. I know counseling maybe scary or you may not feel like it will help. I totally get that. But if you would like to see what it could be like, please reach out.

— Michelle Quayle, Associate Professional Counselor in Round Rock, TX

Not only did I struggle at a teenager growing up here in the USA, but I have 3 years experience working with adolescents and their parents to help young people feel more confident about themselves, improve performance levels at school, and develop meaningful goals. Working with adolescents is one of my favorite groups of people to work with.

— Daniel Lavelle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vienna, VA

While I work with adults, I also work with children from ages 9 and on.

— Leslie Aguilar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA

Growing up today is harder than at almost any other time in history. Teens are experiencing anxiety and depression in record numbers at a time when they have less resiliency than ever. Academic pressures, peer pressure, and FMO (fear of missing out) can be more than one can handle. Parent/teen relationships are often the toughest and yet most important to navigate. I can help teens who struggle with anxiety and depression to put things into perspective and learn coping skills to deal with life's pressures. I also work with parents in creating a healthy environment for and relationship with their teen. This age doesn't last forever--there can be light at the end of the tunnel!

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI

I have worked at multiple government agencies with at-risk teens and their families. I can help address behavioral issues as well as increase connection between teens and their parents. Some examples of issues include academic challenges, disrespect, lying, promiscuity, getting in trouble with the law, and lack of social navigation skills.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

Depression, anxiety. LGBTQI+, non-binary, substance use

— Meredith Snow, Art Therapist in Alameda, CA

Helping with peer issues, Trauma, Depression and Stress Management

— Kemi Alemoh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Dimas, 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-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

I work with children of all ages with regards to various issues including but not limited to: ADHD, ADD, ODD, trauma, bullying, depression, low self esteem, feeling misunderstood, anger, defiance, impulse control, anxiety and temper tantrums.

— Stephen Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I have formal training in Child Centered Play Therapy and Jungian Analytic Sand Tray Therapy. I also have experience in youth advocacy and adolescent counseling.

— Nicole Jenkins, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

Teens are incredible and a lot at times, yet that’s what makes them so uniquely amazing to work with. Being a teen today can mean pressure and expectations from school, social media, friends, or sometimes family. The teens I work with struggle with anxiety, anger, or depression. Change is hard, and transitioning from a child to a young adult can be a challenging leap to take alone.

— Arielle Grossman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SACRAMENTO, CA

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 10 years of working with children ages 11-18. I have 5 years of experience as a school-based counselor in middle school working with children with recent ADHD diagnoses, gender and sexual identity support, parenting adolescents, transitioning to middle school, peer/social conflict, depression, and anxiety.

— Myra Flor Arpin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Shoreline, WA

I strive to offer an open and nurturing environment where children and teens can feel safe and embraced for being exactly who they are. Whether your child is dealing with school or sport performance, friendship conflicts, identity concerns, or anxiety, I aim to offer lifelong emotional resilience and coping skills to encourage a sense of empowerment, self-trust, and confidence.

— Rebecca Lederman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Berlin, MD

While I work with adults, I also work with children from the of ages 9 and on.

— Leslie Aguilar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA

Teens currently have a unique combination of social/emotional/academic stressors, issues related to technology and social media, and a lack of typical development due to the pandemic. This has resulted in a tremendous uptick in teens accessing mental health services, often due to stated anxiety and stress and often including issues of depression and/or safety. Our clinicians are well-versed in these issues and strive to support teens while maintaining a balance with parental involvement.

— Aurora Counseling Associates, Psychotherapist in Natick, MA

I have had over 11 years of experience in various roles working with adolescents. During the course of my experience I have aided many pre-teens, teens, and college aged people with various struggles such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts / acts, family conflict, abuse, eating disorders, identity formation, sexual identity formation, school stress, violent outbursts, and many more. I have also engaged in trainings and workshops surrounding these struggles for adolescents.

— Kenneth Ferguson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oklahoma City, OK

Peer pressure, bullying, cyberbullying, anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, family conflict, issues at school.

— Miracle Hall, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Kennewick, WA