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 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
 

Adolescence is a time of life with tremendous physical and psychological growth. It comes with amazing leaps and bounds, as well as struggles and challenges. I am honored to sit with my teen clients as they let me into their worlds, and together we help navigate the trying times and celebrate the wins.

— Megan Agee, Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

I have 15 years of experience working with adolescents and find that I build rapport easily with this demographic

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

I am a school social worker with the Los Angeles Unified School district. In my private therapy practice half of my clients are teenagers and adolecents.

— Whitney Lawrence-Redden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have worked with teens for 15+ years in a variety of roles. I have worked with pre-teens and teens in a therapeutic role for 5 years. I really enjoy supporting teens navigate all the complexities of their identity, symptoms, family, and social aspects of life.

— Sonja Crisosto, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

Most of my work has been with children and teens in high trauma settings such as foster care and advocacy centers that work with cases concerning childhood sexual assault, physical abuse, and/or neglect. I have a deep understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how high ACE scores, meaning more exposure to multiple adverse experiences as a child, can impact an individual's mental and physical health throughout the entire lifespan.

— Cassie Rovig, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

Adolescence is a pivotal time during our development. Our youth have an abundance of emotions and, at times, they aren't sure where those emotions are coming from. They want independence and freedom, and need safe, strong adults to help them gain their true sense of self. Counseling provides a safe and comfortable to place to talk about life events, emotions, and current interpersonal struggles. Red Crayon Practice provides individual counseling and coaching to youth ages 10 to 20

— Kelley Hubbell, Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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
 

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

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
 

Adolescents often feel unheard and unloved, my goal for adolescents is to help identify triggers. To help adolescents build and maintain positive relationships, self-esteem through positive psychology and understanding. My clients will obtain skills and tools that will help the deal with day to day challenges.

— Fabiola Williams, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

One of the biggest changes in our lives is during the adolescent stage. Although rarely recognized for how truly hard it can be and how many changes are happening, speaking with a professional can really help. Adolescents are exposed to a wide variety of things and they should not have to go through it alone.

— Rosaura Yepez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Homestead, FL
 

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 disorders, mood disorders, depressive disorders, anger management, emotion regulation, break-up issues, grief/loss, LGBTQ-related issues.

— Ashley Spitzer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WADSWORTH, OH
 

I have been working with tween/teens for over a decade from residential treatment to individual therapy. I use humor and create a safe space for teens to talk about their lives without judgement. I use a heavy emphasis of mindfulness as well as emotional regulation skill building.

— Hope Perini, Counselor in Barre, VT