Teen Therapists in Mission Viejo, CA

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Kate Baxter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you worried about your child, tween or teen ? I specialize with these ages and have experience in issues that your child may be facing: anxiety, anger management, struggles with peers, effects of divorce, behavioral issues, school functioning, depression etc. I work with my clients as individuals to better understand themselves and build skills to improve functioning in their environment more constructively. I work within their reality to use real life examples that make sense to them and therefore applicable to their lives. Role-play, reenactments, visual aids, play therapy constructs, puppets, art etc. are examples utilized with younger ages.
(949) 229-8027
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Elisa (Lisa) Lipton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
One of the most effective treatments, Elisa offers EMDR for all adults and adolescents. She also has a specialty empowering women and teen girls to feel good about themselves and overcome their negative false beliefs that limit them from being their most authentic selves. Girl Spirit (www.girlspirit.us) is an integrative program that helps adolescent girls, young adult women and their families, while they navigate this challenging developmental stage. More than ever young girls are struggling to feel good about themselves. Low self-esteem, self-doubt and feelings of insecurity can lead to negative behavior and unhealthy choices.
(949) 424-8718
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Ray of Sunshine Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
It is often said, "children are the future." Then, let's work together to provide your child/ adolescent support and guidance they need. Children/adolescents are going through many changes: physically, emotionally, and cognitively, and sometimes tough times come up. Do you find yourself asking, “Is my child sad?” “Is my child okay?” “I don’t know how to help my child?” or “As a family, we need help” It is okay to ask these questions and I am here to help. I am a passionate clinician that wants to help you, help your child/ adolescent be prepared for the future.
(949) 301-8044
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Alisa Gibney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
The families of South Orange County are under tremendous pressures; the stress can be compounded by those facing the challenges of a teen demonstrating behavioral or emotional issues. At times, the behavior of your teen may be so worrisome that it risks the health and normal functioning of not only your teen , but your entire family. At times like this, you may benefit from partnering with me to guide you through a specialized adolescent assessment and determine necessary treatment for your child.
(949) 484-0951
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Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Olivia Dahlin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Are you concerned about your child/ teen ? Is their behavior related to mental health or are the changes you are observing a normal part of development? You may be noticing behaviors such as withdrawal, sadness, irritability, loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed. Or they may be anxious, overwhelmed, moody, unable to cope, fearful or having difficulty focusing in school. It can be hard to start the conversation with your child/ teen or get them to open up? As a parent it can be overwhelming to watch kids struggle and not know how to intervene or offer support. You don't have to do it alone.
(949) 694-3451
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Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Mario D'Aliesio
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCS, ADC-II
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
As the director of the Teen Group at InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living - Orange County, I found fulfillment guiding youth towards healthy adulthood by striving to help them find their true passions and healthful means of expression.
I have more than twenty years of experience in the field of psychotherapy and treating addiction. My passion for service has led me to work with active duty military, veterans, teens, couples, and individuals who are seeking balance and healing. My unique experience and talents have crafted me as an expert in identifying and treating PTSD, oppositional defiance disorder, and substance use disorders, including pathological gambling and sexual compulsivity. I have held positions as the Division Head of the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Branch Head for Behavioral Health with Marine Family Programs Camp Pendleton.
(949) 344-2422
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Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Ryan M. Watanabe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you concerned about your teenager 's excessive stress, argumentative behavior at home, or declining grades? Adolescence is a stressful period as the developmental changes that occur during this time affect almost every area of a teenager 's functioning (e.g. relationships with others, risk-taking behavior, sense of identity). However, these changes often lead to great distress on the teenager and their families. Psychotherapy can be a great tool for your child to work through his or her conflicts as they make the difficult transition into adulthood.
(949) 297-6072
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Mary C Pratt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have been working with individuals and families for over 20 years. I love helping individuals and families feel more competent and happy. Whether it is an issue with your preschooler or communication problems with your teenager , I can help find a solution that everyone can live with.
(949) 485-4563
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Mission Viejo, CA 92675
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Katie Erlandson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFTI
3 Endorsed
3 Endorsed
I specialize in but am not limited to working with teen girls and young adults who are struggling with such issues as self-esteem, substance abuse, self-harm, body image, self-actualization, identity, self worth, bullying and peer pressure.
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. Together, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(949) 556-4585
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Mission Viejo, CA 92690
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Wave After Wave Counseling
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MEd, MS, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Your son is definitely going through something. You're worried about the pre- teen , teen , or young adult in your life. He seems down, depressed, discouraged, but then just tunes out the world with his screens. He's anxious, dealing with pressure, school, friends, & he needs to face his struggles. He won't open up much to you or other family members. He seems to be isolating more - you think he might have some addiction going on. He's not as interested in his usual activities. You're basically concerned about the direction of his life. What you really want is your kid to be happy, motivated, and moving in a good direction.
(949) 334-2376
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Therapy Outside- Taking New Clients
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a parent I know there is no worse feeling than watching your child struggle and being helpless to stop it. Trying desperately to help and connect with them only to feel like they are moving farther away from you despite how much you love them. Ultimately, nothing is more painful than feeling like you have failed your child. In the end all parents want is for their children to be happy and healthy but often to a child or teenager , going to therapy can make them feel like they are a problem that needs to be fixed.
(714) 278-3382
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Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Brooke Davidson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Whether you are seeking therapy or assessment services, for you or your teen , the road to diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming.
My name is Brooke Davidson and I am passionate about working with children and adolescents and their families. I completed my training at California School of Professional Psychology in 2017. My current practice has two main areas of focus: evidence based treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders and adolescent psychology. As a concierge psychologist, I offer several therapy options including in my office, mobile therapy (I come to you), Skype, and movement based therapy (like walking therapy) which is often great for teens as well as adults.
(949) 558-2746
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Mission Viejo, CA 92675
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Jamila Mahfudh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
9 Endorsed
Verified
9 Endorsed
As a parent or caregiver, you've noticed a change where your tween, adolescent or teen just isn't the way they used to be. Their smile is gone and they're more to themselves, stressed, unmotivated, anxious, sad, or angry and you know something has to change. You know they often feel misunderstood, are quiet, sensitive, don't easily trust adults, or have seen so many therapists they couldn't make progress with and you're not sure they will open up. You need someone to connect with your teen , join their world, and support them in regaining happiness and stability to meet their goal of having a happy, hopeful and successful life.
(619) 279-5750
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Allison Davis Maxon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hi, my name is Allison. I specialize in Attachment, Family Systems, Trauma and Adoption with over 25 years of clinical experience helping clients with concerns related to grief/loss, trauma, parenting, Attachment and intergenerational trauma. My orientation reflects clinical expertise in mental health, child/ teen development and relational trauma. I'm the co-author of the Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction. To learn more please visit 'read allison' on my website.
(949) 438-5965
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Yoshimi Enger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
As a marital and family therapist with 23 years of experience, I have helped countless families, individuals, and couples through major struggles with anxiety, depression, stress, communication issues and trauma.
(949) 373-3549
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Dr. Roxanne Cherry
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
Verified
Congratulations on taking a step closer to a solution and a life you love. I'd be happy to help you or your loved ones discover and practice more effective ways to experience and express. You'll learn to honor yourself, live your truth, and enjoy fulfilling relationships. Of course, making that happen requires your commitment and effort. I'll provide safe, non-judgmental listening and proven tools; you bring willingness and commitment to inquire, experiment and practice. As an expert in human behavior, I am a gender-affirming advocate for LGBTQ+ people and families. Sessions can be conducted via telehealth, in-person or by phone.
(949) 228-2844
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Mary Felch - Life Coach
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am excited and passionate about my work and helping people. As your Coach I will help you focus on what you really want in your Personal or Professional Life. I look forward to helping you select goals and take powerful steps forward in achieving your dreams. I am known for my ability to inspire, encourage and empower others. I believe in people's potential for achieving great things in their life. I love helping people in the helping professions to avoid burnout and excel. Together we develop the steps that empower you to live your dream!
(714) 584-5796
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Sébastien R E Montel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My approach is to empower you to cope better to life’s challenges in a way that is innovative and that has lasting results. I use virtual reality as a tool in therapy and am available regardless of the distance-through a secure telemedicine application. My specialty is in treating chronic health problems. In France, I was professor of clinical and health psychology and I directed several research projects on anxiety, mood disorders, addiction and trauma. I have published the findings of my research in nearly 50 articles in scientific journals and authored 5 books. In 2018, I completed a fellowship at the City of Hope Medical Center.
(949) 763-3383
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Dr. Kei Dalsimer
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, RN, NP
Verified
Verified
Want happiness and inner calm? Want a better quality of life? I'm highly effective at working with clients toward reaching their therapeutic goals. I specialize in helping adults,adolescents,couples and families with depression, anxiety or relational conflict in their lives. In the past I've worked with at risk teens and their families through the PRYDE (Pepperdine Resource Youth Diversional Education) program and the Capistrano School District. I have a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, doctorate in applied clinical psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology & OB/GYN nurse practitioner degree from NYU.
(949) 272-1628
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Jennifer Morris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
I am an EMDR Certified therapist and Consultant in Training. My passion is to work with children, teenagers and adults who have experienced trauma and abuse and who are suffering from anxiety, anger, depression or other symptoms of PTSD and Dissociative Disorders.
(949) 379-2748
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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.