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

Parenting a teenager can be extremely challenging, even for the most patient parents. I work to provide a safe, nonjudmental space for teens to tackle difficult issues related to stress and anxiety, depression, peer and relationship issues, transitions, and academic challenges.

— Reina Turner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Adolescence is a time of opportunity and growth for people. I enjoy supporting and helping adolescents find themselves as they navigate life.

— Tony Sheppard, Clinical Psychologist in Louisville, KY

Rebecca has worked with adolescents in inpatient, outpatient, home-based, and school-based settings. In graduate school, Rebecca was an Inpatient Psychiatry Unit Intern at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Inpatient Psychiatry Unit where she provided individual, group, and family therapy using evidence-based interventions (e.g. Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, CBT, etc.) to children and adolescents presenting with a range of psychosocial stressors and diagnoses, including anxiety, depressive, and psychotic disorders. After graduate school, Rebecca went on to work in community mental health where she provided individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents in a clinic setting. Rebecca also has experience providing mental health services to adolescents while working for LAUSD School Mental Health.

— Rebecca Neubauer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working with teens (and their parents) since becoming a social worker over 10 years ago. In my practice, I allow teenagers the space for being heard in a confident and safe way - opening up to an adult that is up to date on their current issues of concern, and can help them to sort out the challenges of gaining their own independence. I am additionally certified in Child & Adolescent Therapy by NYU.

— Sarah Gugluizza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Stone Ridge, NY

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

Adolescence can be confusing. It’s a period where teens seek independence and autonomy. They may often appear withdrawn and moody. This is normal and can sometimes mimic depression and anxiety. Other signs that something may be wrong is a drop in grades, appearing worn down, less time spent with friends, and difficulty sleeping. If you notice your teen seems to be struggling, talking with a therapist may help. I love working with teens and have a knack for connecting with them so they feel safe.

— Kristin Allen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

You have an idea of who you are and who you want to be, but cannot quite articulate it yet or figure out how to get there. You feel like adults don't hear you or see you for who you are. You are struggling with the demands of transitioning from childhood to adulthood in a world that can seem so chaotic and isolating at times. I've been there, and I will listen to you.

— Laura Pearce, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

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

An essential part of the teen years is exploring identity. Teens are in the process of becoming adults and trying to figure out who they are independent from their parents. This can be a scary time for both teens and their parents as teens try to figure out (often through trial and error), what kind of person they want to be. Therapy is a place that teens can explore aspects of their identity without the worry of disappointing their parents or being judged by their peers.

— Jennifer Newbloom, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

I have been working with adolescents for nearly 10 years. This often includes doing some family work as well, but also working with self-harm and drug use/abuse. I often will use structural family therapy approaches as well as dialectical behavior therapy for any self-harm issues. Adolescents is a tough time of life where we often begin to root our personality into certain traits and begin to build out our value system that will serve as a foundation for the rest of our lives.

— Jeremy Pierce, Licensed Professional Counselor in Irving, TX

I have been working with children, adolescents, and teens for 5+ years and many times most of the struggles that my clients have dealth with are truancy , issues with friendships, issues with concentration and attention, oppositional behaviors, family conflict, life transitions, self-esteem, trauma, and much more. Adolescents and Teens normally have difficulty expressing themselves and may not be able to handle certain situations in a healthy and appropriate manner.

— Tristin Malone, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Laurel, MD

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

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

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

Teen years are a complex time with so many changes, as they are gaining independence but still reliant on their families in some ways. I work with teens to understand and cope with their emotions, improve relationships with friends and families, and feel true to themselves.

— Kristen Criado, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX