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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Adolescence is such a pivotal time full of exciting changes and finding ourselves. It can also be a time of uncertainty. Whether it's exploring identity and self-esteem, working through feelings of depression and anxiety, or learning to more about managing a new busy schedule, I enjoy working with teens of all backgrounds. It's my goal to offer teens a safe space to open up, express themselves, and process their emotions.

— Olivia Szabo, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Our clinicians help adolescents develop a more secure and healthy identity and understanding of themselves, improve communication skills, and resolve conflicts both inside and outside the home. In working with teens, our clinicians first and foremost foster a space where they feel truly safe to open up and trust in the relationship. We value authentic connection and trust.

— Washington Psychological Wellness, Mental Health Practitioner in Gaithersburg, MD

It can be challenging to discern whether your kid’s behavior is part of their growth, their unique personality, or if there’s something else hidden underneath. This is particularly hard when the signs of distress are not as obvious or when kids struggle to communicate what they are going through. The beauty of therapy is that it provides a private space for your kid or teen to play, share, and open up without fear of judgment or rejection.

— Spaces Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I love working with adolescents -- it may take a second to gain trust (understandably) but once you do, they dive deep (and are hilarious). I work to be the kind of therapist I needed as a teen. I help teens work through anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship issues while exploring their own identities & finding their place in this world. I want teens to know their value in a society where they are often devalued. And I want parents & teens to connect in healthy ways.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

I have spent much of my career working with teens making them feel safe to share their experiences. Sometimes therapy is the place they finally listen to advice and begin using tools to help them with their unwanted symptoms. Let me connect with your teen and remind them that this season of life is temporary and the world ahead of them is full of opportunity as they learn how to manage their personal challenges and begin to see who they are and what makes them authentic.

— Angie Platt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Folsom, CA

I will help your teen work through their challenges by building self-awareness, emotional regulation skills, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

— Magda Zapata, Counselor in Lake Grove, NY

I was an adolescent counselor in a juvenile detention center and as part of a drug court program for 13 years. I specialize in working with youth who have experienced trauma and need a non-judgemental and caring person to work through things with.

— Lora Hasse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Our youth today is bombarded with so many mixed messages, whether it be through social media, peer pressure or high expectations from the adults in their lives, that it is no wonder we are seeing a crisis in mental health within this age group. I have an abundance of empathy for my adolescent clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, oppositional behaviors, and trauma. I work through a strengths-based lens to foster skill development and positive self-image.

— Camilla Schnaitmann, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fairfield, CT

Things maybe difficult at home or school. You may feel feel frustrated or agitated and not know why. You maybe struggling with anxiety and self esteem. Wondering what others think of you. Maybe you're not quite sure what you want to do when you leave school however feel so much pressure to get it right. I know counseling maybe scary or you may not feel like it will help. I totally get that. But if you would like to see what it could be like, please reach out.

— Michelle Quayle, Associate Professional Counselor in Round Rock, TX

I work with autistic teenagers 14 years and older to provide solutions for anxiety, depression, child & family conflict, low self-esteem, 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 provide solutions for your teen in a comfortable session where they'll be heard. I also welcome your authentic self and provide LGBTQIA+, transgender, nonbinary, and BIPOC affirming therapy.

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

Help teens figure out the best way to identify and express how they are feeling. Share better communication techniques so teens and their families can begin to understand each other honestly. Allow teens to have a space to share their thoughts without being judged.

— Katherine Traxler-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

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 Frisco, TX

Overwhelmed by anxiety which effects relationships, school performance, ADD? Brain based therapies don't require you to tell your how life story or even talk much at all. Quick and effective. Let me help you live your life more easily.

— Laura Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

I have 10 years of working with children ages 11-18. I have 5 years of experience as a school-based counselor in middle school working with children with recent ADHD diagnoses, gender and sexual identity support, parenting adolescents, transitioning to middle school, peer/social conflict, depression, and anxiety.

— Myra Flor Arpin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Shoreline, WA

I've been working with teens in numerous avenues for the last 15 years. I assist clients with not only gender identity, but also teen depression, anxiety, and self esteem. Parenting a teen is incredibly difficult, and you know your child best. I appreciate working along side the parents if necessary or desired, hoping to build better relationships and connections between parent and teen.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, 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

The adolescent years can be tumultuous and full of uncertainty. Whether you are trying to overcome the past or forge a better future for yourself, it can be hard when you don't feel like you have many adults in your corner who truly get you and that you feel comfortable with. I have a knack for connecting with youth, and I can help you break unhealthy patterns, learn how to cope well, enjoy healthy relationships, and form a good decision-making grid so you can reach your full potential.

— Rebecca Lomeland, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

The teen years are notoriously tough! There are big changes in friendships, development, parent-child roles, and identity. With over 10 years of experience working with adolescents in various roles/settings, I love serving this population. I have provided trauma therapy to incarcerated youth and worked in school and community clinic settings. Specialized experience in: teen anxiety, self-esteem, identity, family/divorce issues, childhood abuse (including sexual abuse/assault), racial injustice.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA