Therapists for Teens in La Jolla, CA

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Valerie Rock
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I have extensive experience in treating depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and adolescent difficulties.
I believe in providing a collaborative and supportive environment to maximize the therapeutic experience. I help clients cope with negative thoughts and behaviors that may hinder relationships and overall quality of life. Therapy is focused on building and nurturing interpersonal relationships and decreasing daily stress, by assisting clients in capitalizing on strengths and defining goals.
(619) 405-9898 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Deisy Cristina Boscán-La Jolla Psychology Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I have more than 15 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescent and adults.
As a psychoanalyst I believe that an individual's feelings and behaviors are motivated by a variety of unconscious factors often resulting in people feeling stuck. Psychoanalysis helps individuals finally break these habits by understanding their root causes and enable significant changes at the very core of one's emotional responses. Using these experiences, the analyst helps the patient work on a deeply unconscious level to eliminate unproductive and destructive patterns. This opens the patient to new, fresh and genuine experiences and solutions in their lives. This process is achievable through empathy and respect.
(619) 304-4638 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Erin Alcantara
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Are you tired of things being so difficult at home with your kids? You can see that your child or teen is struggling, but you're not sure what to do. They may be having difficulties in school, not completing their work or refusing to participate. They may have experienced trauma, such as a parental divorce, a medical trauma, being bullied or death of a loved one. Sometimes they seem down on themselves, sad, angry or worried and you're not sure why. You try so hard to help them, but things aren't getting better. All you want is for your child to be okay. You're wanting things to be good again, and have a happy, less stressful life.
(619) 292-0314 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Melissa Pinn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Maybe you have a child who has many worries or is prone to negative thinking? Maybe your child is feeling overwhelmed with emotion not knowing how to control the rage? Or maybe your teen is having difficulty connecting socially with others and forming meaningful relationships? Having a child with social and emotional challenges can be distressing for family members. Therapy can help build skills of resiliency and improve emotional awareness. I am passionate about working with children, teens, and families with anxiety, depression, ASD, and ADHD.
(858) 633-6190 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Jennie Abito-Carlestav
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Published Children's Book Author, and Author of two magazine Articles through See Beyond Mag: a Teen Empowerment Magazine.
I OFFER ONLINE SESSIONS & Accept New Clients. With increased anxiety and daily stress during the current Corona Virus, I am here to help guide you through this uncertain and continued changing times. As we discover how this pandemic has forced us to restructure our lives, let’s look at how your brain is processing the events. Some big and small daily events could be putting you at risk for negative thoughts about yourself and life. Through EMDR techniques I can guide you to feel less anxious and lower your risk for daily stress & depression. Let’s get you back on track and create harmony back into your life. Choose Happiness.
(619) 493-4409 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Grow Through Life Counseling: Kids, Teens & Family
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Concerned about your child or teen ? I help children and teens with a wide range of problems including: acting out, low grades, wrong peer group, noncompliance, recent changes, blended families, post divorce needs. I work with: ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism, and Asperger's. Often, families are an important part of the treatment process. I help parents struggling with behavioral problems and create effective treatment plans. I have helped hundreds of families and I am confident I can help you. My practice is focused on making positive steps forward in goal setting, self-esteem, and emotional regulation.
(619) 378-7281 
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La Jolla, CA 92039
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Eva Dittrich
Psychologist, PsyD, CPC
Verified
I provide psychotherapy via video technology for diverse adults, adolescents, couples, and families to help with issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, conflict resolution, self-esteem, body image, relationships, attachment, behavioral problems, adolescent and young adult issues, aging, infidelity, divorce, blended families, women's issues, emotional abuse, and narcissism.
(323) 986-3899 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Anna Jean Berman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PsyD, RPT
Verified
Is your child struggling through a tough situation like divorce or school stress? Covid has impacted everyone so much and many times kids/teens get overlooked. You are doing your best to support them and find balance in this chaotic time, yet sometimes you find yourself stuck: your child is behaving in uncharacteristic ways, and you're at a loss. I help by providing a unique space with creative tools for your child or teen to express themselves without worrying about being a burden. With my support, children, adolescents and teens learn how to regulate themselves, feel empowered, and discover their place in their world.
(858) 956-8065 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Lara Zappaterra
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Hello and Welcome. I have over a decade of practice in individual, adolescent , and couples therapy. I specialize in treating mood or anxiety difficulties, trauma, childhood trauma, chronic pain and illnesses, relational difficulties, life stressors, or life and identity transitions. My passion is to help you breathe freely; experiencing relief, resilience, self-compassion, and increased emotional freedom. We often learn strategies through life to keep us safe, but those strategies may hold us back in our present. It is in our relationships that we learned these strategies; it is through a therapeutic relationship that we heal.
(858) 956-7579 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Pilar M. Placone
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
I love to work with Couples, Teen Girls, Individuals and Families who have been affected by addiction, abuse, betrayal, illness, financial stress, and relationship neglect.
The relationship between therapist and client is one of the most unique and confidential relationships there is. Studies show the alliance the therapist cultivates with his/her client is crucial to therapeutic-effectivity. Helping you review your life and identify the changes you want to make is a sacred and respectful process. I provide each client the best quality care and will support you in examining the underlying issues causing pain and discouraging patterns. I am honest, compassionate, directive, and I want you to see promising changes in the life you want and deserve as soon as possible.
(619) 870-1427 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Lori Underwood Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Are you a tween, teen , young adult and/or college student in need of a little 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! Our goal is to provide you a short-term, confidential space where you can talk openly about your challenges, feel supported and learn some new, perhaps more adaptive tools and strategies for working through current problems and issues.
(619) 329-8242 
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La Jolla, CA 92093
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Kaitlyn Egan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Life is hard enough for your teen – then you throw in puberty, a slow-growing prefrontal cortex, social media pressures, academic pressure, family conflict, peer conflict, maybe even a biological tendency to be more emotionally sensitive – and ta-da! The perfect Petri dish for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues has been created. Or maybe your child hasn’t hit teenagehood yet, but they’re exhibiting problem behaviors and/or emotion dysregulation that you both could use some help managing. My goal is to help you and your child make sense of what's happening and together find ways to improve your quality of life.
(650) 275-5508 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Shamin Patel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Dr. Patel is a licensed psychologist specializing in child and adolescent psychological assessment. She uses gold standard measures and customizes psychological evaluations to each individual child. Her evaluations provide tailored and detailed recommendations to best assist children and their families to thrive.
(858) 434-8780 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Jazlynn Sipplen
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
Are you a tween, teen , young adult and/or college student in need of a little 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 a short-term, confidential space where you can talk openly about your challenges, feel supported and learn some new, perhaps more adaptive tools and strategies for working through current problems and issues.
(619) 937-2296 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Kids Counseling of La Jolla LLC
Counselor, PhD, LPCC
Verified
Welcome! Dr. Kasper has a heart for helping children, adults, adolescents and their families. Her expertise is in counseling people that have experienced trauma, childhood sexual abuse, and those that have anxiety, depression or relational challenges. Dr. Kasper’s attachment, developmental perspective exists to support you and your child holistically.
(619) 330-8148 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Martha Diamond
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Self-awareness and understanding of our internal needs and motivations is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and the ones we love. Our experiences as children are woven into our adult selves, and interact with our temperaments, life circumstances and connections with others. When these threads get tangled, psychotherapy can help us understand why and guide us in either untying the knots, or learning to accept them as part of the beauty of the fabric of who we are.
(858) 914-4223 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Leslie Ray
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
It is my mission to create a safe and confidential environment in which people can develop greater trust, compassion, clarity, and choice so that they may live with greater meaning, awareness and peace of mind. You can expect to feel safe and not judged, listened to, validated, respected, and challenged to grow with honest feedback, information, and homework. You can also expect to have your successes and deepening sense of personal power celebrated. In addition to in-office meetings, I offer remote Tele-Wellness sessions within California and internationally. For new clients, I offer a free 20-minute introductory meeting.
(619) 202-0811 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Josh Thomas
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Hello, I am a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in substance addiction, depression, anxiety, work stress, relationship problems, grief and loss, and chronic pain. With an emphasis in connecting to and living from personal values, my approach is highly compassionate, culturally sensitive, strengths-based, and evidenced-based. My treatment specialty includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-based interventions to help uncover, discover, and discard thinking and behavioral patterns that are blocking you from living an enriched and empowered life.
(858) 413-9160 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Ran D Anbar
MD, FAAP
Verified
I am a pediatrician whose work focuses on helping children help themselves in dealing with many issues common to childhood including anxiety, bedwetting, dealing with chronic disease, depression, headaches, habit cough, hair pulling, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, pain, phobias, seizures, shortness of breath, tics, and vocal cord dysfunction. I also help children improve their academic and athletic performance, deal with existential questions, and develop a better spiritual understanding.
(858) 766-5214 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Acorn Counseling Group of California
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW, AMFT, APCC
Verified
This has truly been a crazy time! If you are feeling overwhelmed, confused, lonely, sad, traumatized or any other normal, healthy reaction to crazy times, we totally get it. It's hard to get traction and make sense of things when nothing makes sense. You are not alone. We feel you, we're here for you, we want to help you. We've got amazing therapists here at Acorn who happen to be amazing humans also. We are all walking through this together. You don't have to do it alone. Please let us find you the right person to connect you with and get the support you need.
(858) 943-2312 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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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 La Jolla and addressing a disorder early on can help ensure the best possible outcome.