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

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

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

Working with adolescents has always been my main priority since becoming a social worker. I believe that adolescents hold so much insight and are very inspirational. I also know that for some, adolescence will be the hardest times of our lives and in today's world full of social media it can make it so much harder. Adolescents are faced with so much during these years that it can be really helpful for them to have someone to talk to who will keep a safe and confidential space with them.

— Mal Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have over 10+ years of experience working with clients who are navigating adolescence. It is a difficult time, particularly right now with the pandemic and schools being virtual in many areas. Teens are being pulled from their friends and activities, which sometimes are the only outlet for stress that they have. They are missing opportunities they won't be able to get back. I understand the deep hurt these pre-teens/teens are facing and want to validate their experiences.

— Tee Moschberger, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

For two years I worked with adolescents and their families in community mental health settings, as well as my own much longer work in parenting two teenage boys. I have also worked with teens in experiential ropes courses and as a backpacking guide. My work, informed by interpersonal neurobiology, is in understanding that behavior is a contract, and that our children's actions and speech interact with our own internal adolescents. Often, my work with adolescents requires some family therapy.

— Greg Robillard, Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA

Teenagers are at an exciting time in their lives where everything is new. Having an open mind means they are ripe for learning and making great changes. It also means they are finding their way and often making mistakes; it’s part of the painful process of growing. Teens often need an understanding ear, focused on helping them find ways to alleviate their suffering. What makes my practice different is my ability to help teens harness their amazing capabilities and navigate these waters together.

— Molly Gales, in Oakland, CA

Adolescence is a time of transition and identity formation. Academic challenges and social pressures can create even more demands. I aim to help teens manage the emotional, behavioral, and physical changes of this life phase. I build a trusting rapport with every teen while facilitating healthy self-expression and teaching emotion regulation skills. Teens will also learn tools for goal-setting, effective communication, and healthier relationships.

— Daniele Lewin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

Extensive experience working with adolescents, with diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, Autism spectrum, eating disorders, trauma and poor coping skills.

— Nastasia Zibrat, Creative Art Therapist in Centennial, CO

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 have fourteen years of experience working in the school setting with elementary, middle, and high school students. I have worked primarily with students in specialized programming for emotional and behavioral issues (serious emotional disabilities and/or autism spectrum). I feel one of my largest strengths is relationship and rapport building with clients built by showing respect and genuine interest in what changes they would like to see happen in their lives.

— Jessica Ham, Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO

Identity Issues, How to handle peer pressure and bullying. Issues with sexting, viewing pornography, and relationship problems.

— Jeff Bright, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton, UT

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

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 , MD

Identity development is a crucial part of adolescence for many people. This process of developing a sense of self is also a major research interest of mine and one that I have dedicated a significant portion of my graduate studies to learn more about. In working with children as a school-based therapist and currently as a clinical case manager for LGBTQ+ adolescents, I have developed even more experience working with clients at this stage of the development.

— June Louis Cabales, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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