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

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
 

I have extensive experience working with adolescents in their search to understand themselves, grow into a more mature relationship with parents or family, navigate confusing life circumstances, and manage emotional dis-regulation. I enjoy conversations with adolescents who are challenging the status quo, as they are meant to at that age, and helping them to find a balance between their own desires and the expectations of others.

— Sue Wilhelm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Louis, MO

Academic and social tasks become more demanding and lead to problems in school. I have over 7 years of working with teens in a high school setting dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, bullying and special needs such as Autism and intellectual disabilities.

— NaTasha Bailey, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chula Vista, CA
 

Working in a high school setting as the mental health counselor for four years provided me an in-depth understanding of the issues teens deal with in today's time and society. I work with teens who experience stress, family conflict, anger, self-esteem struggle, trauma, interpersonal conflicts, depression, anxiety and more. While I loved my time working in the school, I appreciate even more my time in the private practice setting because of the ability to work with the family unit when needed.

— Kimberly Fann, Mental Health Counselor in Oviedo, FL

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, Mental Health Counselor in North Hollywood, CA
 

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
 

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

We can help identify if there is a need to be concerned and help establish a healthy relationship with technology. With the expected resistance, we can help both you and your child develop an appreciation for the positive and detrimental aspects of technology.

— Peter Rivkees, Counselor in Clermont, FL

Typical issues I work with adolescents and their parents on, are ADHD, anxiety related issues and defiance, which is often disguised as poor anger management. During the initial appointment, I will meet with the teenager and his or her parents involved. The goal of which is to get all parties present to agree on what the main goals and objectives for treatment are going to be. After which I primarily work with the adolescent on the identified and agreed upon issues to be addressed and resolved. Periodically I will bring in the parents to check in on how things are going on in the home or homes.

— Ugo Uche, Counselor in Tucson, AZ
 

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
 

I am trained as a behavior analyst. I use the techniques I have learned to work with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I offer individual and group sessions for individuals who are looking for more intense support then the schools can offer.

— Christa Vermillera, Counselor in Melbourne, 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
 

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, Transition to Adulthood, College Stress, Trauma, Child Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Social Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Bullying, Academic Problems, Transgender, Separation Anxiety, Multicultural Issues, Divorce, Grief and Loss, School Refusal, Child-Parent Relationship Problems

— AnaMaria Huibers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burlingame, CA

I believe that getting to the issue earlier in life can help save many years of discomfort and confusion. Eventually, teens grow into adults and if we can set them up for mental and emotional success, they are much more likely to achieve other levels of success. I completed a year-long internship at an at risk high school, and have worked successfully with many, many teens before and after.

— Rochelle Schwartz, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ
 

I provide comprehensive and highly individualized psychological evaluations to youth aged 13-23 for concerns with interpersonal, behavioral, emotional, or learning difficulties. I use a therapeutic, collaborative model to focus on your assessment questions and to obtain such results as diagnostic clarity and treatment recommendations, and a written formal report. I also help you find answers, new perspectives, and a deeper understanding of your child’s strengths and needs.

— Elena Baikova, Clinical Psychologist in Dublin, CA

I've been working with children and teens for years. I am passionate about allowing teens to have a safe place to process difficulties in their lives, encourage empowerment and emotional expression. I use transparency, humor and feedback to help teens explore what's going on in their lives. I believe in the value of autonomy and self advocacy for teens and work to support this.

— Cayla Panitz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I have 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents and worked in the juvenile and domestic relations courts for almost 20 years.

— Robin Knoblach, Clinical Psychologist in Herndon, VA
 

Adolescence is a time of becoming, working to understand ones' self, and leaning more fully into an authentic lived experience. This transition period can be one of anxious excitement or stressful angst, but often it is a mix of the two. In my work with adolescents and their families, I value creating space for all experiences, supporting each member in gaining skills to grow through this metamorphosis, and helping adolescents discover and establish their values for a life worth living.

— Alycia Smith @ C.H.E.R.I.I.S.H. Counseling LLC, Clinical Social Worker in Gresham, OR

A core focus of my work is supporting adolescents/teens and parents of adolescents/teens. Adolescence is a time filled with immense change and growth. Throughout the course of that growth can often exist encounters with various challenges, obstacles, and difficult experiences that the adolescent must navigate past. I specialize in working with adolescents and their parents because I am passionate about walking alongside them and assisting them in their journey through this meaningful life stage.

— Adam Cohen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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 empathize with the struggles of adolescence; academic, peer and family stress are a recipe for anyone to want a good therapist. My philosophy is to help adolescents understand that they are not in this alone. All teens struggle with identity and most struggle with some form of anxiety or depression, but they don't see it on their peers. I tell my clients that they are comparing their insides with others' outsides. The mask can be deceiving, but talking about it can be healing.

— Laurie Levine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Herndon, VA
 

For the last 10 years I have worked with adolescents in multiple arenas. Now I focus working with teens under a trauma-focused lens. I utilize art therapy, EMDR or talk therapy depending on the needs of the youth.

— Natalie Coriell, Counselor in Shrewsbury, MO

Anxiety and Depression, ADHD, Aspergers, Learning Disabilities, School and Life Management, Social Skills training, School Adjustment Problems, Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder, Stress Reduction and Skill Development for Emotional Struggles, Parent and Sibling conflicts, Behavior Therapy for problematic behaviors, Grief and Loss

— Gwen Kinney, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Adolescence is a difficult phase of life to journey through. Not only is the body changing and hormones raging, but this is also the time when we are trying to figure out "who am I?" our identity while everyone around us is telling us who we "should" be. Teens need space to figure this out and process all the thoughts and feelings that come with loosing their role as "child" and entering the role of "adult."

— Sonia Fregoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, 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 teens for almost 15 years! This is population I have a passion for. Adolescence is such a challenging and confusing time. I could have used a resource during that time and I'm sure you can use one now!

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

I believe that getting to the issue earlier in life can help save many years of discomfort and confusion. Eventually, teens grow into adults and if we can set them up for mental and emotional success, they are much more likely to achieve other levels of success. I completed a year-long internship at an at risk high school, and have worked with many, many teens before and after.

— Rochelle Schwartz, Licensed Professional Counselor in , 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
 

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.

— Megan Weber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Neenah, WI

Has your communication or relationship with your teenager broken down? Have you fallen into a pattern of fighting instead of relating? It is developmentally appropriate for adolescents to be working on asserting their independence and figuring out their identity. Support can be helpful through this challenging time of transitions. If your teenager is struggling with peer or school related issues, anxiety, gender or sexual identity, depression, or substance use, please contact me.

— Sabrina Merz, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

It's normal for young people to feel ambivalent about coming to therapy, so it is important that they have a voice in determining what we work on — especially if therapy wasn’t their idea. We may sit and talk, play games, create art, or incorporate music, books, or other forms of media into our conversations about their lives and their goals. I believe in the importance of creating a strong relationship and focusing on strengths and solutions, not just on problems.

— Kristen Felter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I have a background in educational counseling and years of experience working in high schools. I help teens cope with performance anxiety, body image and sexual identity issues, as well as college planning.

— Tamika Lewis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sherman Oaks, CA

I enjoy working with teens and pre-teens who are struggling with identity development, self-esteem and the increasing pressure being put on children today. Growing up in a world where tech is everywhere, and information is at our finger tips, can be beneficial in many ways however it also increasing children's exposure to negavtive and harmful content. Teaching children and teens how to interact with the world around them is crucial to positive development.

— Tiffany Medlin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Midlothian, TX

I have worked with teens as a School Counselor, school based therapist and as a therapist in community agency settings on a variety of issues

— Louisa Lombard, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
 

Adolescence is one of the most difficult phases of development; helping train their brain by learning coping skills, communication techniques and forward thinking can help make this transition smoother. Family involvement is encouraged.

— Lisa Lovelace, Clinical Psychologist in , MN

I would say about 60% of my caseload is working with adolescents and young adults. I get the stress and overwhelming day to day challenges that you have to experience at this age and work to address these and listen to understand your day to day life. There seems to be always something going on during this period of your life and my goal is to help you get through these years with the least amount of depression and anxiety as we can. Work to help you understand and teach coping skills to deal with the challenges that you are presented with.

— Amanda Woodard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO
 

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

Self esteem issues, body image problems, self worth are all originating from early problems that were never addressed. By going to the core of the problem, we can fix the problem that keeps on weighing on the individual and help them find a solution. Digging deep is somewhat needed to understand where it all came from and find a treatment plan to allow the person to let go of the negative and focus on the positive. It is crucial to keep an open communication module between client and therapist

— Dr Dan Amzallag, Marriage & Family Therapist in Gaithersburg, MD

I have 20 years clinical experience working with adolescents.

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA
 

Adolescence can be a tough transitional period for anyone, and therapy can help with this transition. It is my desire to assist adolescents in finding their identity while working with them to manage the daily stress of high school; tests, gossip, romantic interests, relationships, and peer groups.

— Austin Knight, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

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

My interest in the field of marriage and family therapy began over 20 years ago, when I took a psychology course in Adolescence and Young Adulthood. This course fueled my passion for psychology and I began working with teens at a crisis center. I even became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. My enthusiasm for this field has continued to grow and working with teens holds a special place in my practice.

— Sara Collins, Counselor in Salt Lake City, UT
 

I have been in therapy working with adolescents in residential and outpatient settings since 2009.

— Allen Johnson, Counselor in Brandon, MS

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
 

I have extensive experience supporting adolescents through understanding themselves, navigating difficult or traumatic circumstances, developing better relationship with parents or family, and gaining greater emotional control. I enjoy conversations with adolescents who are challenging the status quo, as they naturally do at this age, and help them to balance their own wishes with the expectations of others that they find stressful.

— Sue Wilhelm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Louis, MO

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 experience working with youth and adolescents who engage in high risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, runaway, fire-related behaviors, truancy, difficulties at home, difficulties at school, physical violence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, etc. I also have

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR

Adolescents are at high risk for mood challenges given new expectations, responsibilities, social pressures, and puberty. The combination of having ASD and going through 'normal' adolescent changes can feel like a 'double whammy' for people with ASD, as new issues arise and coping strategies that previously worked don't seem to work any longer. I help teens navigate these challenges and provide them with coping strategies that they can implement during stressful times and throughout their lives.

— Lindsey Sterling, Clinical Psychologist in Long Beach, CA
 

I was the one that was bullied, that went though abuse, and that dropped out of high school. Because of my painful experiences during my childhood and extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their family, I am specialized in working with children and adolescents and their family. Also, I have found that being a male therapist can be huge advantage for male adolescents since they tend to be shy with female therapists and have difficulty opening up to them. Adolescent can be such a difficult stage. They hate parents yet they need them. They believe they can do anything yet they also know they cannot do anything. They don't know themselves yet. One of the reasons they rebel to the parents is this: it is one of the few ways they know to find their own identity. Having an adult whom they can talk to about anything is a huge plus for them, and that is what I am here for. Because of my painful experience, I can relate and understand them.

— Tatsuya Arakawa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA
 

Adolescence is a confusing time full of hormones, life transitions, and figuring out your role in your family, school, and the world. There is so much pressure on teens today and they are doing so with the internet and immense scrutiny. I help your teen navigate and process their experiences, and arm them with the tools they need to be successful in managing emotions, having confidence in themselves and minimizing peer pressure, and utilizing positive coping mechanisms.

— Kristina Dingus, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Plano, TX

Some common problems that you may have noticed your teen begin to grapple with are: -Struggling to manage time effectively when it comes to preparing for College -Disinterest in talking to their parents about their concerns about College -Inability to keep up with deadlines on Applications -Behaving younger than their age and requiring more of your assistance -Shutting down emotionally and not wanting to communicate their fears or concerns

— Lisa Knudson, Counselor in Asheville, NC
 

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

As a former teacher and therapist in schools, I have a wealth of experience addressing the needs of adolescents.

— Ronda Wegman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I work with ages 14 and up. Adolescence is always a tricky and emotionally-ruled time with transitions for everyone. My goal is always to establish a bond with the adolescent and then shift that back between adolescent and their parent. I also work very effectively with later adolescents and young adults; a time when most mental disorders (i.e. anxiety, depression etc) begin to display true symptoms. This population is generally highly motivated to make changes and a joy to work with.

— Laura (Lori) Patin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagle River, AK

Being a teenager can be REALLY tough. Not only for them, but also for their families. I used to be a really difficult teen and am now the therapist I wish I had 20 years ago. Whether your teen is feeling stuck, having self-esteem issues, struggling with eating disorders, drugs, anxiety, depression, feeling the effects of peer pressure or bullying, etc., I teach adolescents and young adults find their way by helping them to effectively deal with life's trials and tribulations.

— Melanie Rosemberg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in North Miami Beach, FL

Adjustment, Bullying, Relationship, Identity

— Wanda Anthony-Burger, Counselor in YADKINVILLE, NC