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 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

Adolescents work through the many challenges (self-esteem issues, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, identity issues, substance abuse, peer/family conflict, self-harm, etc.) they face in that stage of life, with my experience as a middle school counselor, I have a specific set of tools to support and foster growth in children/teenagers.

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,
 

Specialize in treatment of issues related to children and adolescents and how to address their unique therapeutic needs.

— Naomi Babcock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Huntington Beach, 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
 

Adolescence is a time of great transition--it can be both beautiful and chaotic. My goal is to help teens navigate their thresholds and emerge into adulthood with a solid understanding of who they are and how they want to show up in the world. I have experience working with teens in both middle and high school settings on issues arranging from family tension, school pressure, and moderate mental illness.

— Kara Petersen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

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
 

In my counseling practice, I support teens, college students and young adults who are struggling with the stressors and anxieties of the pandemic, school, friends, families, life, and self. Many teens and young adults may also be experiencing other emotional or behavioral responses to the challenges they are enduring, as well as past traumas. Add in a pandemic and todays youth’s lives have been flipped upside down. Together we work collaboratively as we navigate through the up's and downs.

— Caroline McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

We have providers working with children and adolescents to develop coping strategies, learn tools for emotional regulation, process stressors and improve communication skills.

— Selah Counseling & Wellness, Counselor in Springfield, OR
 

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

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
 

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
 

Adolescent issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem, poor coping abilities. Also difficulties functioning with school, work, future planning and relationships.

— Heather Silivanch, Counselor in Morristown, NJ

I was previously employed a school based therapist in a high school and the majority of my clients were teenagers. I find such joy in helping teenagers explore their identity as they transition into adulthood, and supporting parents in improving the relationship with their teens.

— Rebecca Cuniff, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eugene, OR
 

Adolescence is a critical time of emotional growth and identity development. As adults, we often look back and laugh or wince at the woes of that time in our lives. As teens, however, that time felt full of uncertainty, as our bodies and emotions rapidly changed and we were constantly trying to keep up. I aim to help adolescents navigate this period of challenge and growth, managing peer relationships, love, and the balance of childhood and independence.

— Cristina Shea, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

Teens today struggle with confidence and the pressures of success in school, sports, and home to balancing social media, technology and life. They are surrounded by a world sending them confusing messages causing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress and more. Sessions with preteens and teens are fun, interactive, and challenging to help them discover who they are and who they want to become.

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

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'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 support for 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.

— Matty Blanc-Paul, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Adolescence is hard, to say the very least. It can be difficult to navigate firsthand, as well as from the parent/caregiver trying to support them. I have worked predominantly with adolescents for over 5 years, and the thing I've learned is that we don't need to have all the right answers to be helpful to the teen, but we do need to hear them out. I use pop culture, video games, media, and whatever the client is interested in to step into their experience and meet them where they are-and listen.

— Christina Scott, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH

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