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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Early on, Kimberly received training with acute children and adolescents in PHP and IOP services. She has used that training to help children and adolescents with emotional regulation, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, mindfulness, impulsivity, child/parent relationships, trauma, anger, aggression, and ADHD/executive functioning. Kimberly uses play therapy and age-appropriate techniques while working with kids and adolescents to help them express themselves during therapy.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Adolescence is hard, to say the very least. It can be difficult to navigate firsthand, as well as from the parent/caregiver trying to support them. I have worked predominantly with adolescents for over 5 years, and the thing I've learned is that we don't need to have all the right answers to be helpful to the teen, but we do need to hear them out. I use pop culture, video games, media, and whatever the client is interested in to step into their experience and meet them where they are-and listen.

— Christina Scott, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH

I've pretty much always worked with teenagers and young adults. Adolescence is amazing and also can be incredibly stressful. If you find yourself struggling to navigate your friendships/relationships, your shifting relationships with family, figuring out who you are, climate and social justice, managing all the feels - I'm here for you. There is a life worth living that is unique to you and you deserve a partner to figure out how, especially when the feelings are too big and too much.

— Amanda Starfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have a specialization in children/teens. One of my strengths is building trust and rapport with teens, which allows the therapy process to unfold.

— Melissa Wetherington, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cherry Hill, NJ

I've been a high school counselor and have 2 daughters of my own. I know having a teenager can be challenging to say the least, especially in todays electronic culture. They often battle with depression, anxiety, and self-harm and don't exactly embrace the thought of going to therapy. That is where I can help. I enjoy getting to know young adults and helping them learn coping strategies and tools they can utilize in their youth and in adulthood.

— Audra Webb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, CO

Anxiety /Depression manifests itself in many areas of life such as relationships, jobs, and school. Teens’ anxieties are especially affected in relation to peer groups, self-perception, and the desire to do well in school. You may notice your child withdrawing from relationships or exhibiting low self-esteem as a result of anxiety. In our work together, I will help your teen to feel good about themselves, decrease depression and negative thoughts and to recognize the strengths they carry within.

— Alexa von Oertzen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Coral Springs, FL

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

With 25 yrs of experience in the educational field as a teacher and school counselor, I find it easy to build rapport and trust with this age group. Emotional regulation, self esteem, friendships, anxiety, depression, self harm, suicidal ideation, anger, self image among others are some of the common issues I can treat using a variety of therapy techniques to help adolescents overcome them.

— Adriana Beck, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plano, TX

Today's adolescents face many stressors, including peer pressure, social media, setting boundaries, school pressure, among others. These stressors can become magnified when they are going through developmental, hormonal, and physical changes. Therapy can help them sort through the layers of stressors they face, with a trusted adult.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

Being a teen can be stressful. So many things going on that may feel uncomfortable or tricky to talk about with parents, or even close friends. Issues that can arise in teen counseling include depression, anxiety, feelings of social isolation, gender or sexual identity questions, substance use, low self-esteem, and school related stress. These may not be things that teens feel comfortable addressing with a parent, friend, or teacher. That’s what I am here for.

— Jessamy Whitsitt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I work with teenagers 13 years and older to provide solutions for anxiety, depression, child & family conflict, low self-esteem, nonbinary & transgender affirming therapy, and academic challenges. Adolescence is a challenging time. It’s a time to build your identity, to figure out who you are, and who you hope to become. I utilize internal family systems therapy (IFS) to provide solutions for your teen in a comfortable session where they'll be heard.

— Riley Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

In my counseling practice, I support teens, college students and young adults who are struggling with the stressors and anxieties of the pandemic, school, friends, families, life, and self. Many teens and young adults may also be experiencing other emotional or behavioral responses to the challenges they are enduring, as well as past traumas. Add in a pandemic and todays youth’s lives have been flipped upside down. Together we work collaboratively as we navigate through the up's and downs.

— Caroline McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I work with adolescent/teen clients that struggle with anxiety, depression, body-image issues, eating disorders, life transitions, and grief- much of which are related to growing up in a post-pandemic world. I offer an open-minded, easy-going, and supportive approach to help young clients navigate through life's stressors and find their purpose in life.

— Audrey Sarto, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Camarillo, CA

I've worked with children for almost a decade across various identities. As a school counselor by trade, most of my days are filled with teens who are needing more support. I recognized a critical need for more therapists specializing in this age group and decided to start my own practice. I have worked with children on various issues from anxiety to depression with suicidal ideation. I nurture trusting relationships that don't feel overwhelming or scary.

— Matty Blanc-Paul, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Adolescence is such a challenging time, wanting to be free but knowing that you still have such much to learn and do. The exploration of self is incredibly difficult with so many opinions and influences from everywhere. I help teens sort through all the noise and find the path that takes them to better heights. No challenge is unusual for me. I only ask the teen to give me a chance, when they do, they begin to find the clarity they so eagerly seek!

— Andrea de Aguayo, Psychologist in ,

Through working in various high school settings as well as junior college I have learned that the difficulties and struggles facing young adults today can lead to not only stress, but anxiety, depression and many other issues leading to an unfulfilling and unhappy life. I have worked extensively with high school aged kids over the past few years not only in my office but in the schools with various issues, behavioral, academic and emotional.

— Rhiannon Martin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Today's adolescents face many stressors, including peer pressure, social media, setting boundaries, school pressure, among others. These stressors can become magnified when they are going through developmental, hormonal, and physical changes. Therapy can help them sort through the layers of stressors they face, with a trusted adult.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

Are you a tween, teen, young adult and/or college student in need of extra support? Perhaps recent transitions at home, school or work gotten you down? Or you may feel worn out from the impact on your life of COVID-19? Are you feeling isolated or struggling with relationship issues? You are not alone; we've all been there! My goal is to provide you with a confidential space where you can talk openly about your challenges, feel supported and learn strategies which will help you.

— Alexandra Tesnakis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

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