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've pretty much always worked with teenagers and young adults. Adolescence is amazing and also can be incredibly stressful. If you find yourself struggling to navigate your friendships/relationships, your shifting relationships with family, figuring out who you are, climate and social justice, managing all the feels - I'm here for you. There is a life worth living that is unique to you and you deserve support to figure out how, especially when the feelings are too big and too much.

— Amanda Starfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I think the teen years are such a great time in life. The struggles involved aren't lost on me, but a teen is a person explosively expanding in their ability to explore, think critically, and relate. There's so much for them to gain from a safe and confidential space where they can unpack and explore with an adult who isn't an extra parent, or even an authority figure, but a partner and guide in the journey of beginning to discover what they want out of life.

— Mike Ensley, Counselor in Loveland, CO

Teens deserve and desire to be heard, seen, and respected. Unfortunately, too many aren't in today's world. I am here to help and listen. I have worked with nonprofits, child welfare systems, schools, churches with private individuals, and groups to provide social work services, therapy, and yoga/embodied movement instruction, case management, and consultation.

— Kimberly Louvin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

My teen clients come to me feeling overwhelmed by their growing responsibilities, changing minds and bodies, and pressure to be accepted. They may be irritable, moody, anxious, depressed, and have a harder time connecting and feeling connected at home and in school. Together, we work to untangle all the thoughts competing for attention in their minds, identify and prioritize their needs, build affect tolerance, acceptance, anxiety management, self-compassion, and non-judgement.

— Natasha Aronson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

In addition to experience working as a high school counselor, I have been seeing teens in my practice for 20 years. I have parented two teens (very different from one another) and my personal experience has given me a depth of understanding, compassion and humility that my clients find comforting and real.

— Ann DeWitt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lake Oswego, OR

I have over 4 years' worth of experience providing therapy to adolescents. I have worked with adolescents in a variety of settings such as: foster care, probation, and in high schools. I am skilled in navigating issues that are specific to teens, promoting healthy coping skills, and reducing conflict in family and peer relationships.

— Eryn Healy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have worked with preteens/ teens across a number of settings, including residential care, educational settings, and outpatient therapy. I work best with teens struggling with complex trauma, anxiety, and/or with feeling that they don't belong. 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. I have several different possible approaches and together, we will choose the ones that work best for you/ your teen.

— Jamie Martos, Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Adolescence can be filled with excitement and lots to figure out. From who you are, who you want to be, and everything in between; it can be stressful. Feelings of depression, anxiety, and disconnection can arise related to relationships with others and yourself, body image issues, sexuality, gender, relationships, and family dynamics. I help older kids, teens and young adults explore and navigate these issues.

— Susan Ponton, Clinical Social Worker in ,

From struggles with confidence and the pressures of success in school, sports, and home to social media and technology; teens are surrounded by a world sending them confusing messages causing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress and more.

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

I specialize in working with teens. I engage them with respect and pay special attention to the precise words they use and what is important to them.

— Jonathan Benko, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, 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

I love working with teens AND the adults who support them! I have spent more than 20 years working with adolescents and their caregivers and still find myself caught up in awe and inspiration at times. Each session is designed to meet the teen where they are and I seek out understanding of their whole environment to provide them with services that will support them the most.

— Regina Whittington, Therapist in Sunset Hills, MO

My primary focus since completing internship and becoming licensed has been working with and helping adolescents and college students navigate the changes they experience and the transition to adulthood. I also focus on helping them with common difficulties such as school performance, identity development and social and peer relationships.

— Desiree Ducharme, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Middle River, MD

I have worked in multiple school based settings, particularly at the middle and high school level. I work with teens and their parents to help everyone feel confident, empowered, and connected.

— Imani Bowman, Counselor in Silver Spring, MD

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

— Meredith Snow, Art Therapist in Oakland, CA

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