For Adolescents


Counseling for adolescents allows teens to get a non-related, adult perspective on their situations or perceived problems.  Teenagers are often under a great deal of pressures and stress.  Counseling helps teens gain skills and promote independence which can improve overall functioning in school, home and social environments. Counseling provides a private, safe place for teens to discuss whatever is on their minds.  Private session information is not discussed with parents unless there is a danger to the patient or others.  This will be discussed at the initial appointment.   

The clinicians primarily use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychoanalytic therapy when working with teenagers.  CBT can help the teenager restructure negative thoughts into more positive ways of thinking and is focused on short-term problem solving.  Psychoanalytic therapy is primarily used with older teens and includes a more in-depth analysis of one’s problems. If the adolescent is interested, clinicians can integrate a faith-based approach to therapy.  In cases where the teen is having family problems or has issues related to conduct or acting out, inviting the family in for family therapy can be beneficial.  In family therapy, problem-solving techniques are taught to both the parent and teen.

Counseling for children and pre-teens is available at the practice. Therapy will be offered by clinicians who specialize in working with youth. The practice has several clinicians who are duly registered as Clinical Counselors and Art Therapists. Clinicians are capable of diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health conditions, adjustment disorders and psychological distress. These specialized clinicians are able to help children interpret their issues to decrease the risk of long term effects and help avoid negative impacts to educational, social and developmental milestones.

Adolescents and children often come for treatment related to:

  • Substance Abuse/Dependency

  • Academic Failure

  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior

  • Peer Relationship Issues

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-harming Behavior

  • Stress 

  • Social Skills

  • Trauma

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Parent/Separation Divorce

  • Loss/Bereavement

  • Physical Illness Affecting Mood

  • Gender/Sexual Identity

  • Problems with Family

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