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


Kids often have to deal with a certain amount of intensity that is outside of their capacity to integrate. Thus, times arise in our role as parents where we may find that our children need help in a way that is outside of the structure and guidance that we offer as parents. As a parent, I have counted on others many times. I have 19 years of experience with kids of all ages as a school counselor and therapist which has taught me much about how to best support kids and families.

— Brittany Eide, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, OR

Peers, parents, schools, neighborhoods, cultural context and more play a crucial role in adolescence. As these various factors collide during this time of life, young adults can reap various benefits from psychotherapy. Not only can they find comfort in having a sounding board to explore their goals, but they can also learn how to better manage interpersonal relationships. Ultimately, therapy can help develop a solid and integrated sense of self during a time of development.

— Brian Benjamin, Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

I love working with teens and young adults. I have a youthful energy that teens can connect with. If Im working with teens Im also working with the whole family to inspire positive change for the whole system.

— Rami Vissell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA

Being a teenager in this modern world is challenging to say the least. Teens are in a quest trying to find out who they are, their likes and dislikes, their strengthens and limits, all the while having to navigate new responsibilities at home and school, pressure from society and friends, as well as having to transition into adulthood. I help adolescents to hold space to explore their most deep and troubling fears, anxiety, sadness in order to discover their true potential and who they are.

— Isabel Decian, Counselor in Auburn, WA

I recognize that children and adolescents are not just young adults but rather have unique and specific needs that require a high level of expertise. I have the training and experience necessary to help children and adolescents address the challenges and distress that they encounter as they grow up. I create a warm, supportive and motivating environment so that children can feel open, understood and excited about receiving help.

— Dr. Craig Springer, Clinical Psychologist in Cranford, NJ

Rooted in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Brittney keeps the adolescent brain in mind. Adolescents have a brain that is still developing, seeking novelty, and working to discover their own life paths. Brittney will walk with adolescents to help them navigate the challenges that they face each day. She also understands that parents are an important part of this process.

— Brittney Doll, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

Working with teens is a passion of mine. Kids these days have more challenges then ever before. Over 50% of young people feel lonely or alone. Whether your teen is experiencing depression, anxiety, social media issues, peer conflicts, feels alone, getting bullied or just needs a listening ear, I am here for them.

— Jennifer Dahl, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orange Park, FL

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

In adolescence, the developmental task is to find oneself, while slowly becoming more independent from parents and community. Indigenous and non-industrial cultures often understood the importance of this, and facilitated this critical process with an initiatory experience. Today, neuroscience is catching up with ancient knowledge, as adults are counseled to find ways to support teens to take healthy risks so that inner resources can be cultivated and strengthened during this critical time.

— Eileen Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA

I've worked over 10 years with adolescent and have a BA in Child and Adolescent development, including certificate in play therapy.

— Jaimi Martin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Teens are often misunderstood, while well-loved and highly frustrating. Connecting with them over their incredibly intense developmental challenges is the foundation to therapy. When the urgency becomes what adults want them to do or be (or not do or not be), teens feel dismissed and disrespected for who and what they are. Teen works starts with eliciting and then reflecting to them their developmental challenges AND their cross-cultural dilemmas trying to enter into an unfamiliar adult life.

— Ronald Mah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Leandro, CA

I have been working with teens (and their parents) since becoming a social worker over 10 years ago. In my practice, I allow teenagers the space for being heard in a confident and safe way - opening up to an adult that is up to date on their current issues of concern, and can help them to sort out the challenges of gaining their own independence. I am additionally certified in Child & Adolescent Therapy by NYU.

— Sarah Gugluizza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Stone Ridge, NY

I specialize in working with children and adolescents and offer Child-Parent Psychotherapy to address factors of trauma and strained relationships. My degree emphasis is in Child/Adolescent Therapy.

— Charles Strong III, Counselor in Gretna, LA

I have worked with adolescents through adults during my entire career. I enjoy working with young people because they are going through a lot of "firsts", and during a time where they need to built independence. It is important to have adults in the corner of adolescents and young adults; I like to be able to support adolescents and families during this transition time to adulthood.

— Jessica L Packman, Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

The teen years are rough. Adults seem annoying, peers make no sense, school seems like such a chore, and everyone wants you to plan for your future when you’re already too busy dealing with what’s on your plate. You can’t worry about the future when you have to live in the present. And who even knows what the future looks like anyway? I'm here to help.

— Madeline Stein, Counselor in Denver, CO

I have worked with adolescents for over 15 years in varied settings, including schools, community mental health, summer camp, and college career counseling. I enjoy working with older adolescents around transition to adulthood skills, sexuality and gender, social issues and anxiety and depression. I am interested in addressing the significant increase in anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness in this population and find that relational psychotherapy can be a corrective experience.

— Mary Kriger, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Quincy, MA

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

Teens today face many challenges; balancing school demands and a social life, family time and extra-curricular commitments, navigating social media, managing personal relationships, body acceptance, judgement by peers, messages from the media...all while questioning their self-worth and natural gifts. With so much pressure, no wonder our teens are more anxious and depressed than ever. Our ultimate goal is for every teen I work with to feel heard, validated and supported.

— Wendy Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Media, PA

Adolescence is unique and challenging time of life. They are at a point in their development where they are trying to figure out their identity and how they fit into the world. This can also be a time of life when anxiety takes a strong hold. Teens deal with this in all sorts of ways. They might isolate themselves, worry a lot, or start over-focusing on being perfect at school. I take a non-judgmental approach and help them empower themselves to cope and change their anxiety response.

— Hanna Woody, Counselor in Asheville, NC

I've spent most of my career working with adolescents in a wide range of settings. My genuine caring and interest in the lives of my clients helps establish a trusting relationship where healing can take place.

— Adrien Leacy, Clinical Social Worker in Ellicott City, MD

I have been working with adolescents in various capacities for the past 15 years. My graduate internship was at a residential facility for adolescents with complex trauma. I currently work at a public high school in Hayward. I have found that adolescents are especially receptive to art therapy as expressing yourself through art can be an easier way to express difficult emotions and experiences. Through verbally processing the art, it then becomes easier to talk about these difficult topics.

— Tonia Herrero, Art Therapist in Oakland, CA

In my years of practice I have worked mostly with adolescents. Adolescents in today's society face many things that are stressful and affect their mental health. I have worked with teens on self worth, self-harm, depression, anxiety, social media concerns and stressors, sex, drugs and future life goal planning.

— Brandy Peoples, Counselor in Oologah, OK

In addition to relevant education and experience in adolescent issues it is also one of my passions and I am very successful in working with this age group.

— Grace Gufler, Counselor in Chicago, IL