Therapists for Teens in Denver, CO

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Dawn Crosswhite
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80205
I have been in practice for over 30 years. I specialize in working with adolescent females, and LGBTQIA-identified clients and their families who are often times involved in the juvenile justice system and child welfare. I also work with female and LGBTQIA military personnel and veterans. Working with these systems has afforded me the opportunity to build my skills so that I am very proficient in many areas, such as trauma and PTSD, adoption, permanency, military personnel, and addiction concerns. I work from a strength-based, solution-focused perspective and utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential treatment models.
I have been in practice for over 30 years. I specialize in working with adolescent females, and LGBTQIA-identified clients and their families who are often times involved in the juvenile justice system and child welfare. I also work with female and LGBTQIA military personnel and veterans. Working with these systems has afforded me the opportunity to build my skills so that I am very proficient in many areas, such as trauma and PTSD, adoption, permanency, military personnel, and addiction concerns. I work from a strength-based, solution-focused perspective and utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential treatment models.
(720) 897-3017 View (720) 897-3017
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Joshua Sanders
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LFMT, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204
I enjoy working with clients of all ages, but feel like I tend to connect well with female clients presented with depression or anxiety. As an MFT, I also love working with families. My past work experiences include inpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient geriatric IOP, inpatient adolescent facilities, private practice, and community-based mental health rehabilitation services.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages, but feel like I tend to connect well with female clients presented with depression or anxiety. As an MFT, I also love working with families. My past work experiences include inpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient geriatric IOP, inpatient adolescent facilities, private practice, and community-based mental health rehabilitation services.
(720) 802-9828 View (720) 802-9828
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Cari Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80247  (Online Only)
In addition to my education and work experience, I have specialized training in Family Based Treatment (FBT), also known as the "Maudsley Method" for adolescent eating disorders.
Accepting new clients. Hi there! My name is Cari Collins, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a desire to support individuals and families in navigating life's complexities and challenges. Throughout my career, I have had the honor of working alongside individuals of all ages from birth to death. From empowering new parents on a maternity unit, supporting K-12 students in a public school district, to providing end-of-life counseling for individuals on hospice, I'm constantly reminded of the inner strength humans carry within them at all ages and stages of life.
In addition to my education and work experience, I have specialized training in Family Based Treatment (FBT), also known as the "Maudsley Method" for adolescent eating disorders.
Accepting new clients. Hi there! My name is Cari Collins, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a desire to support individuals and families in navigating life's complexities and challenges. Throughout my career, I have had the honor of working alongside individuals of all ages from birth to death. From empowering new parents on a maternity unit, supporting K-12 students in a public school district, to providing end-of-life counseling for individuals on hospice, I'm constantly reminded of the inner strength humans carry within them at all ages and stages of life.
(303) 569-4539 View (303) 569-4539
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Lizzie Joan Stevenson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80203  (Online Only)
We have specialists in various fields including adolescent therapy, couple therapy, addiction issues, art therapy, trauma, etc.
Our approach to therapy is humanistic, nonjudgemental, and down to earth. Client-centered and solution-focused therapies are used to help people determine and tackle their goals. We approach each individual as an already whole person with the capacity to change no matter what challenges they are experiencing.
We have specialists in various fields including adolescent therapy, couple therapy, addiction issues, art therapy, trauma, etc.
Our approach to therapy is humanistic, nonjudgemental, and down to earth. Client-centered and solution-focused therapies are used to help people determine and tackle their goals. We approach each individual as an already whole person with the capacity to change no matter what challenges they are experiencing.
(720) 513-2377 View (720) 513-2377
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Elevated Counseling & Wellness, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
We offer a wide variety of services with providers who specialize in Attachment Issues, Mood Disorders, Trauma Therapy, EMDR, Couples/Relationship Counseling, Teen and Adolescent Therapy, Play Therapy, Experiential Therapies, Men's Groups and Retreats.
Providing individual psychotherapy and counseling services, as well as group therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and therapy for kids and teens. Beginning with a foundation in men's mental health, we have expanded to provide exceptional therapy for all genders, orientations and walks of life. Whether you're looking for individual therapy to address long standing childhood traumas, community support in a men's group, or couples counseling to save your marriage, we can help! You're not just a number, we are NOT corporate mental health and you deserve a better experience with therapy!
We offer a wide variety of services with providers who specialize in Attachment Issues, Mood Disorders, Trauma Therapy, EMDR, Couples/Relationship Counseling, Teen and Adolescent Therapy, Play Therapy, Experiential Therapies, Men's Groups and Retreats.
Providing individual psychotherapy and counseling services, as well as group therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and therapy for kids and teens. Beginning with a foundation in men's mental health, we have expanded to provide exceptional therapy for all genders, orientations and walks of life. Whether you're looking for individual therapy to address long standing childhood traumas, community support in a men's group, or couples counseling to save your marriage, we can help! You're not just a number, we are NOT corporate mental health and you deserve a better experience with therapy!
(877) 792-6513 View (877) 792-6513
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Compassion Connection Therapy - Jessie Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80212
I specialize in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult eating disorders, body image issues, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parent coaching and life transitions.
If you are finding yourself on this site it may be that you are considering making some change in your life or looking for support for someone you love. The most important part in taking a step in therapy is feeling connected and safe with the clinician you are meeting. My name is Jessie Harris and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in mental health practice. I received my masters degree from the University of Denver in 2015 and spent most of my professional experience working at the Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorder Program as an individual and family therapist.
I specialize in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult eating disorders, body image issues, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parent coaching and life transitions.
If you are finding yourself on this site it may be that you are considering making some change in your life or looking for support for someone you love. The most important part in taking a step in therapy is feeling connected and safe with the clinician you are meeting. My name is Jessie Harris and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in mental health practice. I received my masters degree from the University of Denver in 2015 and spent most of my professional experience working at the Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorder Program as an individual and family therapist.
(720) 679-5472 View (720) 679-5472
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Dr. Amber Chambless
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
Therapy is all about you-you're the expert. I take a client-centered, solution-focused approach to therapy. I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one in which you are the expert on yourself, and I come into the session with the experience and skills to help. I have a laid back style and like using humor, when appropriate. I enjoy working with children, adolescent, and adult clients who are struggling with eating disorders, mood issues, life transitions, and chronic health issues.
Therapy is all about you-you're the expert. I take a client-centered, solution-focused approach to therapy. I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one in which you are the expert on yourself, and I come into the session with the experience and skills to help. I have a laid back style and like using humor, when appropriate. I enjoy working with children, adolescent, and adult clients who are struggling with eating disorders, mood issues, life transitions, and chronic health issues.
(720) 778-8034 View (720) 778-8034
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Morgan Meacham
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80207
Do you wish you could explore your thoughts, feelings and patterns of behavior without fear of judgment or abandonment while gaining the tools to handle the future? Do you want to declutter your assumptions and better understand others’ intentions and motivations? Maybe you have a child or teen who is struggling with finding their confidence, or navigating positive relationships with friends. They might be feeling anxious about going to school or having a hard time opening up to you about their challenges. Therapy provides the opportunity to bring you self-awareness and to help foster your connections with others.
Do you wish you could explore your thoughts, feelings and patterns of behavior without fear of judgment or abandonment while gaining the tools to handle the future? Do you want to declutter your assumptions and better understand others’ intentions and motivations? Maybe you have a child or teen who is struggling with finding their confidence, or navigating positive relationships with friends. They might be feeling anxious about going to school or having a hard time opening up to you about their challenges. Therapy provides the opportunity to bring you self-awareness and to help foster your connections with others.
(720) 802-3298 View (720) 802-3298
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Anna Rebecca Quinn (Kujawa)
Counselor, LPC, RPT, IRT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
Waitlist for new clients
My therapeutic specialties are too many to list here, but a short list is: couples counseling, Relationship issues, grief, depression, anxiety, parenting, spirituality, career transitions, transgender transitioning, trauma, LGBTQ, life transitions, teen suicide prevention, and health and wellness,.
My name is Anna Rebecca Quinn, (formerly Kujawa), and I am a holistic psychotherapist. I am a therapist who sees you as a whole person comprised of a body, mind, and spirit, and I include all parts of you in your healing journey. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor of 25 years, a Registered Play Therapist, and a certified Imago Relationship Therapist. My client base these days is comprised mostly of individuals, couples, teens, and elders. I don't currently have a play therapy office to do play therapy for kids, but as a kids therapist of many years, I can be of great service to parents or caregivers who need parenting support.
My therapeutic specialties are too many to list here, but a short list is: couples counseling, Relationship issues, grief, depression, anxiety, parenting, spirituality, career transitions, transgender transitioning, trauma, LGBTQ, life transitions, teen suicide prevention, and health and wellness,.
My name is Anna Rebecca Quinn, (formerly Kujawa), and I am a holistic psychotherapist. I am a therapist who sees you as a whole person comprised of a body, mind, and spirit, and I include all parts of you in your healing journey. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor of 25 years, a Registered Play Therapist, and a certified Imago Relationship Therapist. My client base these days is comprised mostly of individuals, couples, teens, and elders. I don't currently have a play therapy office to do play therapy for kids, but as a kids therapist of many years, I can be of great service to parents or caregivers who need parenting support.
(303) 720-7974 View (303) 720-7974
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Firefly Therapy Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCSW, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80237
We’ve all been there, struggling with a problem, not sure where to turn. This past year has been specifically challenging for so many and has increased the feelings of fear and isolation in our society more than ever! Perhaps for you, this means you now find yourself struggling to find joy and peace in your life. Maybe you are feeling disconnected from a partner or are concerned for the well-being of a child/adolescent. If any or all of these scenarios sound like what you’re going through, we at Firefly Therapy Group (FTG) are here for you. It is brave to reach out, and we would be honored to join you on your path towards healing!
We’ve all been there, struggling with a problem, not sure where to turn. This past year has been specifically challenging for so many and has increased the feelings of fear and isolation in our society more than ever! Perhaps for you, this means you now find yourself struggling to find joy and peace in your life. Maybe you are feeling disconnected from a partner or are concerned for the well-being of a child/adolescent. If any or all of these scenarios sound like what you’re going through, we at Firefly Therapy Group (FTG) are here for you. It is brave to reach out, and we would be honored to join you on your path towards healing!
(720) 419-0253 View (720) 419-0253
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Jen Eichberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Waitlist for new clients
Adolescent Specialist with a two-fold practice - A therapy side focusing on self-esteem and self-identity, depression, anxiety and eating disorders, including ARFID - and a second coaching side consisting of a goal focused series for teens transitioning to college and into high school. For 20 years I have specialized in helping kids, teens and families communicate well, make their way through life and be their best selves. My office space and demeanor is warm and welcoming and my passion for helping clients take control of their emotions, develop insight and self-awareness shines through.
Adolescent Specialist with a two-fold practice - A therapy side focusing on self-esteem and self-identity, depression, anxiety and eating disorders, including ARFID - and a second coaching side consisting of a goal focused series for teens transitioning to college and into high school. For 20 years I have specialized in helping kids, teens and families communicate well, make their way through life and be their best selves. My office space and demeanor is warm and welcoming and my passion for helping clients take control of their emotions, develop insight and self-awareness shines through.
(720) 336-4495 View (720) 336-4495
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Jennifer M Hinson
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Hinson offers genuine pursuit to know each adolescent and adult she encounters, aiming to lead them to their healthiest, most genuine, purposeful selves.
We all experience challenges that hinder our ability to lead meaningful, productive, and connected lives. My relational treatment approach is for you if you're interested in going beyond simple behavior modification to address the root causes of your stresses and struggles and transform your life. Dr. Hinson believes that adolescence and young adulthood are unique intervention opportunities, where psychotherapy can alter developmental trajectories and have a lifelong impact.
Hinson offers genuine pursuit to know each adolescent and adult she encounters, aiming to lead them to their healthiest, most genuine, purposeful selves.
We all experience challenges that hinder our ability to lead meaningful, productive, and connected lives. My relational treatment approach is for you if you're interested in going beyond simple behavior modification to address the root causes of your stresses and struggles and transform your life. Dr. Hinson believes that adolescence and young adulthood are unique intervention opportunities, where psychotherapy can alter developmental trajectories and have a lifelong impact.
(720) 549-8132 View (720) 549-8132
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Mountain Hope Counseling and Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80224
Some areas our therapists specialize in (we are always adding more to this team!): Anxiety, depression, divorce recovery, narcissistic abuse recovery, couples/relationship counseling, eating disorders, LGBTQIA+, trauma, Christian Counseling, religious trauma, domestic abuse, self-harm, substance abuse, reunification therapy, and teen/ young adult issues.
Mountain Hope Counseling and Wellness is a growing team of diverse therapists that are dedicated to helping you heal, grow, and reach your mental health care goals. We have therapists that specialize in everything from anxiety and depression to anger management and divorce recovery. Along with our fabulous counseling team, we will soon be offering our wellness division that will offer trauma informed yoga, trauma informed massage, DBT groups, and acupuncture, as well as, other wellness areas.
Some areas our therapists specialize in (we are always adding more to this team!): Anxiety, depression, divorce recovery, narcissistic abuse recovery, couples/relationship counseling, eating disorders, LGBTQIA+, trauma, Christian Counseling, religious trauma, domestic abuse, self-harm, substance abuse, reunification therapy, and teen/ young adult issues.
Mountain Hope Counseling and Wellness is a growing team of diverse therapists that are dedicated to helping you heal, grow, and reach your mental health care goals. We have therapists that specialize in everything from anxiety and depression to anger management and divorce recovery. Along with our fabulous counseling team, we will soon be offering our wellness division that will offer trauma informed yoga, trauma informed massage, DBT groups, and acupuncture, as well as, other wellness areas.
(720) 513-2479 View (720) 513-2479
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Julia Charron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80237
Hey there! I'm Julia, and I'm here to be your partner in navigating life's ups and downs with resilience and confidence. I specialize in working with children and adolescents. With a Master's in Social Work and my sights set on becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I've crafted my path through experiences in pediatric inpatient psych and as a student therapist in an adolescent partial hospitalization program.
Hey there! I'm Julia, and I'm here to be your partner in navigating life's ups and downs with resilience and confidence. I specialize in working with children and adolescents. With a Master's in Social Work and my sights set on becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I've crafted my path through experiences in pediatric inpatient psych and as a student therapist in an adolescent partial hospitalization program.
(720) 986-4091 View (720) 986-4091
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Alexandra Ament
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
I would love to learn more about your child or teen and how I might be able to support them!.
Supporting youth with developmental disabilities and their families is my area of passion and expertise. I strive to help families understand why their child might be struggling and how to best support them. My extensive training in psychology and behavior analysis allows me to view behavioral, emotional, and social challenges from unique perspectives. I specialize in youth with autism and co-occurring disorders and take a strengths-based approach to help them strive and reduce challenges around behavior and mental health concerns.
I would love to learn more about your child or teen and how I might be able to support them!.
Supporting youth with developmental disabilities and their families is my area of passion and expertise. I strive to help families understand why their child might be struggling and how to best support them. My extensive training in psychology and behavior analysis allows me to view behavioral, emotional, and social challenges from unique perspectives. I specialize in youth with autism and co-occurring disorders and take a strengths-based approach to help them strive and reduce challenges around behavior and mental health concerns.
(720) 442-8146 View (720) 442-8146
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Jenna Vogen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
I have worked with individuals and families across the lifespan and have found my passion to land within the topics of trauma, parental mental health, and teen and early adulthood anxiety and depression.
Using an integrated therapeutic approach informed by trauma-focused CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, and interpersonal theories we will work together to uncover and address challenging themes present within your life that are limiting your capacity to reach your fullest potential. Through processing your own unique story, I will support you in recognizing your individual strengths, healing from your past traumas, and noticing how harmful patterns have impacted your relationships. Together we will build your skills to better engage in your life authentically and intentionally.
I have worked with individuals and families across the lifespan and have found my passion to land within the topics of trauma, parental mental health, and teen and early adulthood anxiety and depression.
Using an integrated therapeutic approach informed by trauma-focused CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, and interpersonal theories we will work together to uncover and address challenging themes present within your life that are limiting your capacity to reach your fullest potential. Through processing your own unique story, I will support you in recognizing your individual strengths, healing from your past traumas, and noticing how harmful patterns have impacted your relationships. Together we will build your skills to better engage in your life authentically and intentionally.
(720) 966-2482 View (720) 966-2482
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Nikki Pond
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Dr. Nikki Pond is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her M.Ed. in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She completed pre-doctoral training in assessment at National Jewish Health, as well as training in therapy and assessment for children with complex trauma, depression, and anxiety at Denver Children's Home. She completed an APA-accredited internship program in child and adolescent psychology at Denver Children's Home through the DU Graduate School of Professional Psychology Internship Consortium.
Dr. Nikki Pond is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her M.Ed. in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She completed pre-doctoral training in assessment at National Jewish Health, as well as training in therapy and assessment for children with complex trauma, depression, and anxiety at Denver Children's Home. She completed an APA-accredited internship program in child and adolescent psychology at Denver Children's Home through the DU Graduate School of Professional Psychology Internship Consortium.
(720) 903-1187 View (720) 903-1187
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Kim Godell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80220
Allow me to help resolve and overcome the road blocks in your life. I am a licensed counselor that specializes in child, adolescent, and adult issues including trauma, self-esteem, depression, grief/loss, and anxiety. I believe the adjustment to parenthood can be quite challenging and therefore work with new parents in a variety of post partum issues as the transition is made in their new life. I believe when problems are not addressed, they become magnified and all encompassing. I value each individual's therapeutic journey and enjoy the role in helping facilitate this!
Allow me to help resolve and overcome the road blocks in your life. I am a licensed counselor that specializes in child, adolescent, and adult issues including trauma, self-esteem, depression, grief/loss, and anxiety. I believe the adjustment to parenthood can be quite challenging and therefore work with new parents in a variety of post partum issues as the transition is made in their new life. I believe when problems are not addressed, they become magnified and all encompassing. I value each individual's therapeutic journey and enjoy the role in helping facilitate this!
(720) 583-8100 View (720) 583-8100
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Liz Leahey
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, LPCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80218
I can support you if you’re wanting to live a more authentic, connected life, where you are living out of your personal code of ethics. It is my goal as a therapist to help bring you back to a felt sense of connection with your body. I specialize in working with teen and adult clients who are going through transitional phases, experiencing relationship issues, or are in need of processing some heavy life events. Therapy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. For those of us with marginalized identities, whether that be neurodivergence, chronic illness, or you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, I want you to feel seen and heard.
I can support you if you’re wanting to live a more authentic, connected life, where you are living out of your personal code of ethics. It is my goal as a therapist to help bring you back to a felt sense of connection with your body. I specialize in working with teen and adult clients who are going through transitional phases, experiencing relationship issues, or are in need of processing some heavy life events. Therapy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. For those of us with marginalized identities, whether that be neurodivergence, chronic illness, or you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, I want you to feel seen and heard.
(720) 637-3770 View (720) 637-3770
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Gina Schiffman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and have difficulty controlling anxious or negative thoughts? Do you find that you put everyone else's needs before your own and feel burnt out trying to be perfect? I can help you manage symptoms that might be disrupting your life, uncover the root causes of anxiety and depression, and take back control of your thoughts and emotions. I specialize in working with adolescent girls and women around issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, self-esteem, body image, grief, life transitions, and boundaries.
Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and have difficulty controlling anxious or negative thoughts? Do you find that you put everyone else's needs before your own and feel burnt out trying to be perfect? I can help you manage symptoms that might be disrupting your life, uncover the root causes of anxiety and depression, and take back control of your thoughts and emotions. I specialize in working with adolescent girls and women around issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, self-esteem, body image, grief, life transitions, and boundaries.
(720) 743-5296 View (720) 743-5296
Teen Therapists

What does therapy for teenagers look like?

When a therapist works with a teenager, the pair will talk about what the teen is struggling with and explore solutions, which may involve interpersonal skills, coping strategies, medication, or lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet, and exercise. Different therapists employ different modalities, but most involve a combination of conversation and skill building.

How long does therapy for teenagers generally take to work?

There’s variability in teenagers’ experiences and challenges; some may begin to improve from therapy within a few weeks while others may take several months or longer. Teens can discuss their progress with their therapist periodically to assess how they’re improving and any changes to the treatment plan that could potentially accelerate that progress.

How do you encourage a teenager to go to therapy?

It’s helpful to express your concern and love while framing therapy as an opportunity to explore a tool that could help improve their life; just like they practice baseball or dance, now they can practice their emotional skills. Give your teen control over the process where you can—maybe by weighing in on choice of therapist and signaling that therapy involves confidentiality, so a parent need not know all that is discussed in sessions.

How do you prepare teens for therapy?

You can prepare your teenager for therapy by describing what the process will look like and setting expectations for timeline, if requested. You can explain that the first session may begin with an assessment phase, that they can describe their experiences but that the therapist will ask questions too, and that it may take time to feel comfortable opening up. Ask how they’re feeling about the process and answer any questions calmly and supportively.