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

I have worked with 5-year-olds to seniors in high school for most of my career. I do very well with kids, and they seem to be very comfortable and open with me. We discuss therapy goals with parents/guardians and get to work. But I promise you we have fun reaching the therapeutic goals!

— Becky Turner, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

I have worked as a school based counselor for two middle schools and two high schools. I also had adolescent clients in a low fee community clinic.

— Sarah Lauterbach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carmel by the Sea, CA

Teens are going through especially tough times now as their social and emotional development is challenged by school closings and oftentimes fear.

— Jacqueline Burnett-Brown, Marriage & Family Therapist
 

As a school counselor for over 25 years in addition to being a therapist, I feel I bring a unique understanding to the issues teens and young adults bring to my office. And currently working in a school environment, I know the challenges they are facing.

— Christine MacInnis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

I love working with adolescents and their families because I believe adolescence is a time of universal difficulty but also incredible creativity, passion, and resilience. My systemic family therapy training and approach is perfect for helping adolescents and their families navigate the relationship changes and transitions that happen during this stage of life. I enjoy helping adolescents explore issues related to identity and finding their place and role in their family and the world.

— Cody Norris, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA
 

As a school counselor for over 25 years in addition to being a therapist, I feel I bring a unique understanding to the issues teens and young adults bring to my office. And currently working in a school environment, I know the challenges they are facing. I love helping them to solve their life problems by teaching them effective ways to handling them.

— Christine MacInnis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, 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
 

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 worked with 5-year-olds to seniors in high school for most of my career. I do very well with kids, and they seem to be very comfortable and open with me. We discuss therapy goals with parents/guardians and get to work. But I promise you we have fun reaching the therapeutic goals!

— Becky Turner, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

Adolescence and preadolescence can be some of the hardest and most wonderful times of our lives. I have a passion for working with teens and tweens struggling to navigate the world today. I have studied adolescent and developmental psychology in my formal education and continue to take additional courses in treating this age group.

— Heather Emerich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Westminster, CO

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 Lawton, OK
 

Since I was a trainee in my Master's program in the 1990s, my heart has been working with adolescent girls (ages 13-19). During that time I have also raised two amazing daughters and still love this population!

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Counselor in North Hollywood, CA

I have worked with adolescents for over 20 years and I am very skilled at getting them to talk about their issues. If you have a troubled teen at home- I can help you work things out with them and get them into a better pattern of behavior with you, in school and in the community.

— Elisabeth Coffey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florham Park, NJ
 

I have been a college professor and academic advisor earlier in my career, so the identity, career, and relationship tasks of young adults and college age students are my passion.

— Julie Carbery, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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
 

Adolescents face tremendous academic and social pressures far too often. Peer pressure, school drop-outs, substance use, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, and Teen Dating Violence (TDV) are just a handful of issues that I have worked through with my clients.

— Alisa Zachery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Adolescence is such a time of transition! For many, this transition results in anxiety, questioning of identity, and maybe a few mistakes. I have years of expertise helping teens to turn this time into an exciting exploration and expression of who they are becoming. Whether there have been concerns about drugs or alcohol use, sexual experimentation or pregnancy, or skipping school, I am confident that I can help both your teen, and yes, you, too, moms and dads!

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA
 

I am able to assist with providing helpful tools to navigate adolescent years. I teach emotion regualtion skills, relationship building skills and strategies to improve self-esteem and boost self-confidence.

— Kerrian McKay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Manassas, VA

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