Therapists for Teens in Merrillville, IN

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Rhonda K Hillegonds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAC, CADACII
Verified
I work with a variety of clientele and specialize in child and adolescent behavioral issues, parenting concerns, family and couples counseling, adult individuals and alcohol and drug counseling.
Welcome to my practice. I believe that my passion for working with and helping others combined with over 30 years of work with individuals, families and children in a variety of settings brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our work together. I provide thoughtful, compassionate counseling to help bring about personal growth and change. We will work to develop insight to improve understanding of thoughts and feelings, improve communication and relationships, develop coping skills for anxiety and depression, and resolve conflict that interfers with peace and balance in your life.
(219) 354-6391 
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Shannon Smith
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
No matter if you are a Couple considering separation, a teenager lost on their path, A college student gripped by the expectations of adulthood ,a family coping with internal conflict , a child that witnessed violence or trauma; I validate your experiences and humbly take on the task to help you in your jour.
We all have the power to attain healthy relationships, optimal wellness, a strong voice, and the ability to show resilience over trials. My work has solely been to enlighten and enhance those inner abilities. I hold my clients accountable and point out discrepancies that foster unwanted thoughts, emotions, behaviors, or outcomes.
(219) 736-8100 
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Desie Zylstra
MA, LMHCA, NCC
Verified
If you think I could be the right fit for your child, teen , family, or you, please reach out so we can begin working together.
The world today can be challenging for children, teens, and young adults; it can be easy to fall into a pattern of anxious or depressed mood, feeling like you don't fit in, and juggling ever-changing environments. When working through these challenges, it is important to find a space that is comfortable and safe for learning and growing. I believe creating a safe and comfortable environment to challenge clients through creating realistic and achievable goals is crucial to therapeutic success.
(219) 615-6026 
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Naketa Young
MS
Verified
I am a committed and highly dedicated Mental Health Therapist with extensive experience in counseling people from diverse backgrounds. I possess an outgoing personality with great rapport-building skills. I love working with children, teens, families and couples. I believe everyone should have a safe place to cultivate healing as one works through life's difficulties. I have worked in many different levels of care. Many of my clients are seeking help with problems such as depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction, grief and loss, stage of life changes, personality disorders, mood disorders, low self-esteem, family conflict and trauma.
(219) 732-2390 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Francesca Cooley
Counselor, MS, LMHC, CCTP
Verified
If you are looking for a licensed therapist that is non-judgmental and meets clients where they are, then look no further. I do well when it comes to building rapports with clients and gaining their trust. I try to make sure my clients feel comfortable and let them know that they have a voice. I am not a “cookie cutter” therapist and I work with my clients to address their underlying issues and needs. I utilize Client Centered and Strength- Based Approaches . I am an EMDR , TF-CBT, Play Therapy and Motivational Interviewing trained therapist. I have many certifications from domestic violence to substance abuse.
(219) 472-8388 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Rachel M Mollet
MA
Verified
Therapy is a way to process thoughts, feelings, struggles, strengths and weaknesses in order to grow from these areas and live our best lives. Therapy offers you the time to focus on you. I will offer you coping skills for difficult situations; communication skills; and relational skills to have positive interactions with others.
(219) 245-6909 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Meghan Theodore
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
I think my ideal client has more to do with their attitude than it does their presenting problem. My ideal client is someone who is open to learning and wants to better themselves. Yet, I also love working with difficult clients, particularly males, who have never had an opportunity to talk about or express their feelings. I enjoy working with clients who get to explore and better understand themselves within therapy.
(219) 946-5627 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Rachel Eizenga
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Hi, my name is Rachel Eizenga. I am dedicated to providing a safe, compassionate space for you to open up and explore areas of your life that may be causing distress or holding you back from accomplishing your daily tasks or life goals. I hope to provide you with tools and strategies to help you navigate issues in a healthy, empowering way and create positive change in your life. I encourage open expression of emotions, and believe that providing a validating, supportive environment, where you are held accountable, is beneficial for therapy.
(219) 419-5217 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Nicole B Lewis
Counselor, MSHS, MS, LMHC
Verified
I have experience providing services to children, adolescents, older youth, adults, and the elderly. I have experience working with persons from a vast array of social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual backgrounds. I also have supported individuals of the LGBTQ community. I am experienced working with trauma, grief/loss, PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, domestic violence, and substance abuse amongst other mental health issues. I have worked with perpetrators and victims of abuse - neglect. I have also spent many years of my career working with children and adolescents with behavioral issues.
(844) 325-1298 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Monique R Franklin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
We all need help sometimes. Recognizing that you need help and reaching out for it, is the hardest part. I am here to listen and offer a fresh look at the situation. I hope to offer alternative view points, help you reach identified goals and work toward self-empowerment. My hope is for every client to feel heard and welcomed.
(833) 564-9071 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Kim Harman
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCAC
Verified
I have been working in the field of counseling for 25+ years. I have had the pleasure of working with individuals from many walks of life with various issues. I have worked with very diverse populations including federal pre-trial, post-conviction and probation clients, all areas of substance abuse issues, drug testing, anger management, EAP services, rapid response emergency services, grief/loss, domestic violence, family services, marital, youth, and spiritual counseling. I have extensive experience working in the area of high conflict co-parenting-divorce issues .
(219) 682-0412 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Dale W. Klooster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
You have decided to look for a guide through unfamiliar territory, whether it is a new problem or an old nagging issue. I can help you by providing a safe place to take that difficult look at old patterns that no longer work. Becoming mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and judgments can free you to creatively re-imagine yourself and your situation and find new solutions. My thoughtful and intuitive approach can guide you on this journey. I have been especially successful with clients struggling with codependent issues, anxiety, divorce or other transitions, and anger. All are welcome.
(219) 595-8976 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Pillars of Wellness Inc
Verified
Over the years and after receiving thousands of initial calls and emails from clients, it is clear that many are unsure of what they need or where to go. We find great pleasure in helping clients navigate this process. As a group practice we are able to provide services for a variety of needs: anxiety, addictions, pain management, depression, relationship issues, psychological testing, individual, life transitions and even helping clients who just want to live their best life! We stand out in our efforts to make this process as smooth as possible. Many providers boast about their training in a particular treatment approach (and this is important) but research suggests that the interventions are only part of the story. The fit between client and clinician, the wellbeing of the clinician, the ease of access and the experience of the treatment process matter as much, and sometimes more, than the particular treatment model used. Pillars of Wellness was founded with the hope of ensuring an ideal client-clinician fit and providing both clients and clinicians with a positive experience. We let our clinicians excel at their craft by giving them the space to create their ideal practice.
(219) 641-3819 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Teonna M Wilber
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
I am a Licensed Therapist and have been working with children, teens, and families for 20 years. My specialties include working with people who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse/assault and neglect, grief & loss, behavior problems, family conflict, depression, anxiety, and stress management. I work with children ages four and older, teens, adults, and families. I believe that people deserve a voice and choice and we are partners in your healing.
(219) 300-9058 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Derrick A Porter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about assisting and committed to helping individuals and families to reach their fullest potential by providing the tools necessary to survive and thrive through life's struggles and challenges while becoming stronger, healthier members of their communities.
(219) 319-6868 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Awakenings Counseling Center, LLC
Mental Health Counselor, MS, LMHC, LCAC
Verified
Awakenings Counseling Center offers a wide range of mental health and addiction treatment services. Awakenings has provided services throughout the Northwest Indiana Region for 25+ years. Awakenings works directly with Lake County and Porter County Drug Court as well as Lake County Community Corrections Work Release Program. Our goal at Awakenings is to be able to provide you with the tools needed to be the best version of yourself for you and those around you. You deserve to live a healthy and productive life.
(219) 245-7173 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Ruth's Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
My focus is to empower families by improving their relationships and communication so family members are more of a support than a burden to each other. Family issues that I commonly treat are couple's communication, sexual issues in a relationship, mixed-agenda couples (where one is considering a divorce), co-parenting after a divorce, behavior issues with children, as well as abuse or neglect in families. I also help families where a member struggles with self-injury, depression, or anxiety.
(219) 778-5887 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Jessica Ann Kurpiel
MSW, LCSW, Type 73
Verified
My mission is to create a safe, welcoming, empowering, and supportive space for my clients. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed School Social Worker (Type 73/PEL). I have over 10 years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, parents and families. I have worked in a variety of settings (therapeutic day schools, agencies, public schools, churches, and private schools).
(219) 500-6716 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Darcy Orzech
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAC, CADACIV, MATS
Verified
I view it as an honor and a privilege to work with those who have the personal courage it takes to make changes in their lives. At any age, we all have potential for growth and change. "Finding the good and building on that" is a philosophy I strongly embrace. I see it as my job to listen carefully to you and then partner with you to help reach your identified goals. Together we can work toward your self-empowerment, rediscover your capacity to make peace with the past, live well in the present, and create the future you desire.
(219) 440-0520 
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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Lauren Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I enjoy assisting others who are struggling with past and or present trauma, feelings of depression, and or anxiety. I like to utilize a strengths-based perspective and problem-solve to solutions and options they can utilize in order to experience relief and even perhaps resolution from their struggles. I like to teach skills they can utilize in order to self-soothe and or calm themselves. Sometimes treatment modalities such as EMDR, Trauma-focused CBT, Sand Tray and or Play Therapy with children can be beneficial to help one look inside themselves and identify the source of their struggles and collaboratively we find an answer.
(219) 217-0431 
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Merrillville, IN 46410


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Teen Therapists
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can raise questions of independence and identity; as adolescents cultivate their sense of self, they may face difficult choices about academics, friendship, sexuality, gender identity, drugs, and alcohol.

Most teens have a relatively egocentric perspective on life; a state of mind that usually abates with age. They often focus on themselves and believe that everyone else—from a best friend to a distant crush—is focused on them too. They may grapple with insecurities and feelings of being judged. Relationships with family members often take a backseat to peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance, which teens perceive as increasingly important during this time.

The transition can naturally lead to anxiety about physical development, evolving relationships with others, and one's place in the larger world. Mild anxiety and other challenges are typical, but serious mental health conditions also emerge during adolescence. Finding a teen therapist in Merrillville and addressing a disorder early on can help ensure the best possible outcome.