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!

Meet the specialists


The amount of pressure our teens experience today can really take a tole on their mental health and well-being. I work closely with adolescent girls who may struggle with verbalizing exactly how they feel and use words like "I don't know". Perhaps, your teenage daughter is avoiding you and spends a lot of time on her phone or in her room. In addition, maybe your teenage daughter is struggling with building healthy relationships and friendships and asserting her leadership skills.

— Marline Francois, Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ

I understand that adolescent issues are wide in range and affect the whole family. I have experience coming alongside pre-teens/ teens and their families to help grow, support, work through different issues, and heal.

— Heather Garza, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Arlington, TX

I have worked primarily with young people as well as adults. Adolescents struggle with many of the same issues as adults as well as some that are specific to their population.

— Ashley Hilkey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bloomington, IN

For over a decade I had the opportunity to work with at-risk youth in high school settings. I worked with teens helping them make better choices in regards to drug and alcohol, dealing with stress, peer relationships, and personal development.

— Valerie Fahie, Counselor in Doylestown, PA

Parenting an adolescent is challenging and scary. I have years of working with adolescents both within inpatient and outpatient facilities as well as within mental health and substance abuse treatment. I believe strongly in working with the family system and helping the family shift and heal together.

— Rebekah Tchouta, Clinical Social Worker in Roawell, GA

This stage of life is one of the most challenging for the adolescent and the parent. During this time in life, children have begun to form their own unique way of looking at and experiencing the world around them. Often times, this is in conflict with what their parents have instilled in them and chaos ensues in the home. Teenagers and young adults (up to age 24 or so) are more interested in developing themselves (as they should be!) then forming bonds with their parents. Again, another blow to that parent-child relationship. It is temporary but these young people will need a lot of guidance and support as they bump and bruise their way through it. I'm here to help!

— Tiffany Ashe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC

Adolescence is probably the most stressful time in most people's lives. Your body is changing, hormones turn you from rational to irrational, friendships evolve and change, academics are more challenging. Today's adolescents and teens have to deal with the same issues that we had to deal with, but on a more extreme level. There is no escape in the era of social media. Adolescents and teens appreciate my honest and straightforward approach, while also helping parents navigate these years.

— Bettina Lyons, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Warner Robins, GA

I spent the first ten years of my professional career working with youth and families through a school-based non-profit program. I then spent the better part of my graduate education developing the skills to serve adolescent clients well, and supporting young people through one of the most difficult seasons of life. My approach is both respectful and gentle as I help adolescent people navigate those turbulent years.

— Aaron Kelsay, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have worked with adolescents in various settings including residential treatment, IOP/PHP, and high-school campuses. Together we can navigate the teenage years and help you envision the life you want. You are at a stage where so much is changing, yet you are still treated like a kid at times. This can be frustrating and it can help to have someone to talk to while you discover the ups and downs of your teenage years.

— Sabrina Fish, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

My career began with an intensive training program in adolescent therapy in LA, where I worked work with teens from diverse backgrounds in school and clinical settings. I've successfully helped teens to address issues like anxiety, depression, anger, grief, parental loss, and peer conflicts. Using emotion-focused techniques, I've also aided in the repair of parent-teenager relationships. My teenage clients appreciate that I'm a non-judgmental and transparent person they can speak honestly with.

— Kendra Kirsonis, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I've been working with kids and teens since I started in the field, and love being able to help them navigate the challenges they face - especially in today's world.

— Wendy St. George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bozrah, CT

I worked as a counselor in the mental health counseling centers at 2 universities. I have a passion for helping clients transition during this complex and stressful time of life!

— Jennifer Forster, Counselor in West Linn, OR

Being a teen in today's world is tough, and any added support can be helpful. To support adolescents, traditional talk therapy is combined with creative interventions. I listen in a non-judgmental way to help teens feel more comfortable sharing and learning to solve their own problems as they transition into adulthood.

— Jeanine Rousso, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Michael’s professional experience includes working with older youth in a residential setting who struggle with behavioral and mental health issues, including inappropriate sexual conduct, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and more. He has also spent time as a central Ohio caseworker working closely with families involved with the Juvenile Court system.

— Michael Gacnik, Counselor in Groveport, OH

I'd list all of the stressors that teens go through, but I'd probably exceed my 500 character text limit. Teens aren't big children, but they aren't small adults. Not only are they dealing with "typical" teenage "stuff", but they're facing these issues in a way that no earlier generation ever had. Why? Technology and social media. What makes me an expert on teen issues? I've worked clinically for many years in the schools and see the daily life stressors that they face. #thestruggleisreal

— Adriana Scott-Wolf, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rockville Centre, NY

Throughout my career I have worked with adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Teens typically state that they find me relatable and trustworthy and are able to open up more easily so we can get started sooner on the big stuff that brings them into therapy.

— Jessica Stebbins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Merritt Island, FL

I work well with teens who struggle with perfectionism and self-doubt and are trying to figure out who they are in the midst of pressure coming from parents, peers, and societal messages.

— Jennifer Trinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Many teens and their parents get stuck in a rut due to negative communication skills, lack of boundaries, low self-esteem, and other road blocks within the relationship. These cycles tend to lead to diminished connections, rebellious teens, and struggling parents. I work with parents and families in order to help renew a sense of community and peace within the home. This can include learning about attachment and how you and your child can feel more connected and practicing new parenting skills.

— Nikkita Stonner, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Adolescence these days is tough! You have to deal with no only the ever-growing pressure of academics and getting into college, but also trying to figure out who you are as a person. All while you are constantly being bombarded by social media to act a certain way or do a certain thing. Do you want to feel good in your own skin? Therapy can help you get there.

— Megan Weber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Neenah, WI

While being a teenager and transitioning into adulthood, there are so many questions to be answered that make you feel broken. There is so much uncertainty and big decisions that comes with being a young adult. Making this transition can prove to be taxing and draining without support of people around you. My goal with teen and young adult clients is to help navigate these major changes together. Following your lead, I want to challenge all my clients to be the greatest versions of themselves.

— Jessica Dirks, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA