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

My specialty is working with gifted children who struggle in school and may not yet have the built-in supports schools can provide using IEPs and behavioral specialists.

— Aaron Wells, Psychotherapist in Burlington, VT

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Salt Lake City, UT

I'd list all of the stressors that teens go through, but I'd probably exceed my 500 character text limit. Teens aren't big children, but they aren't small adults. Not only are they dealing with "typical" teenage "stuff", but they're facing these issues in a way that no earlier generation ever had. Why? Technology and social media. What makes me an expert on teen issues? I've worked clinically for many years in the schools and see the daily life stressors that they face. #thestruggleisreal

— Adriana Scott-Wolf, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rockville Centre, NY

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

I believe that addressing an issue earlier in life can help save many years of discomfort, confusion, and distress. 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 Portland, OR

Teen years are difficult. Teens are individuating from their parents and their peers become their whole world. If this wasn't enough, now social media has become a major game player. As a parent we begin to wonder what happened to our child, often times not liking our child. For most, parents and teens survive unscathed; however, there are those who are struggling with fighting, excessive arguing, increased irritability, substance use, self harm, depression, isolating, defiance, and aggression, perfectionism, racing thoughts, difficulty sleeping, anxiety or excessive worry, inability to say no to friends, sexual activity during these years. Theres help. Family therapy and individual therapy are effective. Using a playful approach can bring you and your teen together. Expressive arts helps to increase self awareness. Teens do not enjoy sitting across from a stranger and talking; therefore, using play, art and sand often help the teen to communicate.

— Danyale Weems, Counselor in Carrollton, GA

teenagers and adolescents can benefit from therapy. Many need help dealing with school stress, violence, bullying, the loss of a relationship, or peer pressure. Others need help working through their feelings about family or social issues, particularly if there's a major transition, like a death, divorce, move, or serious illness. Therapy for teens focuses on building self-esteem and improving relationships and communication.

— Despina Costandinidis, Counselor in Dayton, OH

Our group practice, Mindsoother Therapy Center, supports kids, teens and families in learning REAL strategies for building tolerance to uncomfortable situations and emotions as well as maintaining self-respect in relationships. We use Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to help clients understand and manage emotions. This is essential for teens!

— Danna Markson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in LIVINGSTON, NJ

I love working with teens to help support them to be their best selves or support parents in dealing with this challenging age group.

— Melissa Nefalar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CHULA VISTA, CA

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

There are a lot of choices for teens to deal with in today's world. Teenagers and their parents are struggling with the teens wanting independence while still needing parental guidance. Teenagers often have problems expressing their thoughts, feelings and needs to parents. These communication conflicts often result in behavioral problems that can be long lasting. Teen Crisis Management using cognitive behavioral skills will achieve a positive solution for all members of your family.

— Lisa H. Lang, Therapist in Flower Mound, 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

I have significant clinical experience in treating serious antisocial behavior in youth, individual therapy with adolescents using cognitive behavioral techniques, direct use of pragmatic family therapies, contingency management, behavioral therapy targeting school behavior and academic performance, and implementation of interventions within or between systems in a client’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of the client (i.e., family, peers, work/ school, and community).

— Daniel Floyd, Therapist in Broadway, VA

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

I offer highly attuned, empowerment-based, relevant and uniquely tailored long-term therapy to teenage girls and women. My adolescent counseling services are for teenage girls who may be struggling with the challenges of life and adolescence and are looking for deeper self-understanding, self acceptance, and confidence. Sometimes young women just want a non-peer, non-parent, non-school related confidant, advocate, or mentor or want to learn mindfulness.

— Sarah Sterling, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Your teens and twenties are full of possibility, growth, and challenge. You’re exploring your identity, your future, and how you fit in - which can be simultaneously exciting and terrifying. Whatever it is you’re dealing with - stress over school, relationship challenges, substance use, family conflict, anxiety, depression, etc - therapy can help. You’ll find that our sessions feel collaborative and supportive, honoring your personal goals, challenges, and strengths.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in La Jolla, CA

Currently about 1/2 of my caseload is adolescents, and I completed my training as a music therapist working on an adolescent inpatient unit. I also worked for a decade as a high school teacher and administrator, so I am very familiar with young people, their parents, and the challenges presented by this phase of life.

— Tara Hinds, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

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 extensive professional and educational experience with children and youth. I have experience in working with traumatized youth, LGTBQ youth, and youth with aggressive behaviors to name a few.

— Madeline Klause, Clinical Social Worker in St. Clair Shores, MI

4+ years working with adolescents across multiple settings/systems

— Lesley Shiver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Knoxville, TN

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

The teen years are filled with unique wonders, opportunities, and challenges. Let's explore these together!

— Katherine French-Ewing, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

Helping children to learn how to manage their emotions is an important part of their development. If will affect the way they respond to stressful situations throughout their lives. It starts with us setting an example. Is your child struggling with managing his/her emotions and are you at a loss for what to do? If so, I can help!

— Ashlee Colville, Counselor in Louisville, KY

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

Since I first started working with clients in 2014, I have always loved working with adolescents. I can recognize, remember, and relate to many of the struggles tweens and teens are dealing with today and know how helpful it is to have someone that they can just talk to. I provide them with the safe space to deal with whatever is coming up for them and provide tools on how they can deal with the various stressors they face.

— Marina Braff, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

Extensive training and experience working with adolescents and teens on issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, low self-esteem, and family conflict.

— Rikki Goldenberg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

The connection between your teen and her therapist is vital to progress. I meet teens where they are and provide them with a safe space. I enjoy working with teens who are struggling at home, school, or with their peers. In separate one-on one sessions with you and your teen, we will identify the issues that cause conflict in your family and work to resolve them. I will support you in strengthening your communication and conflict resolution skills together.

— Emily Zeller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheaton, IL