Therapists for Teens in Washington, DC

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Leslie C. Kilpatrick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
You may be: a teenager confronting challenges such as anxiety, depression, peer comparison, gender identity or sexual orientation; a family that needs support with general discord, parenting a child who is neurodiverse or LGBTQIA; or a woman feeling stuck or lost, managing anxiety or depression post-college, or during pregnancy, postpartum or infertility.
If you’re considering therapy, you may be in a time of stress or transition. My goal is to ease your access to psychotherapy by providing you or your family with confidential online therapy, from the comfort of your own home. While I work with clients of all ages in any stage of life, my specialties include teen and family LGBTQIA issues, prenatal/postpartum challenges, parenting children with special needs and working with women who feel “stuck.”
You may be: a teenager confronting challenges such as anxiety, depression, peer comparison, gender identity or sexual orientation; a family that needs support with general discord, parenting a child who is neurodiverse or LGBTQIA; or a woman feeling stuck or lost, managing anxiety or depression post-college, or during pregnancy, postpartum or infertility.
If you’re considering therapy, you may be in a time of stress or transition. My goal is to ease your access to psychotherapy by providing you or your family with confidential online therapy, from the comfort of your own home. While I work with clients of all ages in any stage of life, my specialties include teen and family LGBTQIA issues, prenatal/postpartum challenges, parenting children with special needs and working with women who feel “stuck.”
(571) 350-3289 View (571) 350-3289
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Shamara Howze
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC, RPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003
I hope to support you as a caregiver and your child on your journey. No matter how you got here, whether through adjustments, trauma, grief, attachment, divorce, anxiety or other mental health related challenges. I work with both caregiver and child/teen to establish realistic goals that don't lead to a perfect road but one that feels safe enough to travel. This means caregiver presence is important throughout the process as you both explore new ways of being.
I hope to support you as a caregiver and your child on your journey. No matter how you got here, whether through adjustments, trauma, grief, attachment, divorce, anxiety or other mental health related challenges. I work with both caregiver and child/teen to establish realistic goals that don't lead to a perfect road but one that feels safe enough to travel. This means caregiver presence is important throughout the process as you both explore new ways of being.
(202) 952-5678 View (202) 952-5678
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Melissa Williams, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I have a passion for helping people gain freedom in their lives + thrive in their relationships. I do my best to compassionately understand where you are in this season of life and help you honestly identify where you want to be. I enjoy working with adult + adolescent clients in individual, couples and group therapy to identify & work through the barriers the get in the way of living a full and rich life, including past trauma, stress management, life transitions, attachment issues & self-esteem.
I have a passion for helping people gain freedom in their lives + thrive in their relationships. I do my best to compassionately understand where you are in this season of life and help you honestly identify where you want to be. I enjoy working with adult + adolescent clients in individual, couples and group therapy to identify & work through the barriers the get in the way of living a full and rich life, including past trauma, stress management, life transitions, attachment issues & self-esteem.
(202) 972-4757 View (202) 972-4757
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Tim Pineau
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
As a licensed psychologist, I provide individual therapy to adolescent and adult clients looking to better understand themselves and their relationships. People often seek therapy to address symptoms or problems that they want to change, but ironically, this felt need for things to be different can often create more stress. I believe people are more than their problems, and so my aim is to create a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore the connections between your past experience, relational patterns, and current behaviors to help you a achieve a meaningful sense of self-awareness, thereby giving you more freedom and choice.
As a licensed psychologist, I provide individual therapy to adolescent and adult clients looking to better understand themselves and their relationships. People often seek therapy to address symptoms or problems that they want to change, but ironically, this felt need for things to be different can often create more stress. I believe people are more than their problems, and so my aim is to create a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore the connections between your past experience, relational patterns, and current behaviors to help you a achieve a meaningful sense of self-awareness, thereby giving you more freedom and choice.
(202) 858-0656 View (202) 858-0656
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Sheila Delvalle—Substance Abuse•Couples•Teens
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSW, LMSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Support for you, your relationship, and your adolescent children.
Do you struggle with substance use? Has addiction taken over your life? Your past does not have to dictate your present or your future. You can recover from traumatic experiences. In therapy, you can defuse the factors powering addiction. You can build practical coping skills for sustained recovery. You can save your relationship with couples therapy. I am a social worker with advanced training in substance abuse, harm reduction, and trauma therapy. Experienced therapist for teenagers. Reach out now. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you, your teenager, or your relationship get back on track.
Support for you, your relationship, and your adolescent children.
Do you struggle with substance use? Has addiction taken over your life? Your past does not have to dictate your present or your future. You can recover from traumatic experiences. In therapy, you can defuse the factors powering addiction. You can build practical coping skills for sustained recovery. You can save your relationship with couples therapy. I am a social worker with advanced training in substance abuse, harm reduction, and trauma therapy. Experienced therapist for teenagers. Reach out now. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you, your teenager, or your relationship get back on track.
(202) 796-6511 View (202) 796-6511
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Taneasha Clark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
If you're feeling like your child/tween/teen has become a stranger, I can help.
Greetings! My name is Taneasha Clark and I am a psychotherapist at Revo Well. We are a tribe of extraordinary clinicians dedicated to REVOlutionizing WELLness in the BIPOC community. My passion is helping people navigate their unique journeys of self discovery and acceptance. I hold space for them to express their innermost feelings and facilitate processing them in a healthy way. We work collaboratively to develop and enhance skills to cope with depression, ADHD, anxiety, and other adversities. I am here to help you thrive. I specialize in working with adults, children/teens, and couples.
If you're feeling like your child/tween/teen has become a stranger, I can help.
Greetings! My name is Taneasha Clark and I am a psychotherapist at Revo Well. We are a tribe of extraordinary clinicians dedicated to REVOlutionizing WELLness in the BIPOC community. My passion is helping people navigate their unique journeys of self discovery and acceptance. I hold space for them to express their innermost feelings and facilitate processing them in a healthy way. We work collaboratively to develop and enhance skills to cope with depression, ADHD, anxiety, and other adversities. I am here to help you thrive. I specialize in working with adults, children/teens, and couples.
(202) 933-6770 View (202) 933-6770
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Lillian DePetrillo
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who sees adolescent and adult clients for individual and couples therapy. I take an integrative CBT approach utilizing empirically supported treatments and focus on mood and anxiety disorders with specific clinical and research interests in trauma, OCD, and mindfulness meditation. I specialize in treating eating disorders, body image, and self-esteem concerns. Therapy is a collaborative approach- with kindness and compassion we build trust and work together as a team to relieve symptoms and meet your goals for therapy.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who sees adolescent and adult clients for individual and couples therapy. I take an integrative CBT approach utilizing empirically supported treatments and focus on mood and anxiety disorders with specific clinical and research interests in trauma, OCD, and mindfulness meditation. I specialize in treating eating disorders, body image, and self-esteem concerns. Therapy is a collaborative approach- with kindness and compassion we build trust and work together as a team to relieve symptoms and meet your goals for therapy.
(202) 978-6731 View (202) 978-6731
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Joy Kassett
Psychologist, MSW, MPH, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
While the treatment needs for each adult, adolescent or child may be different, the goal is the same; that is, to understand better the meaning of one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors and through understanding, a chance for more lasting happiness and satisfaction in work, school, friendships and intimate relationships.
I have been in practice for over 20 years, working with adults, children and adolescents in psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis. The frequency and duration of each treatment depends on the unique needs of every person; for example, a college student may be seeking short-term therapy to deal with the transition from home to school or an adult may be seeking longer term treatment to understand a pattern of failed relationships. Children are often referred by family members or school counselors, who provide valuable background information to help determine the best treatment. Ongoing collaboration with parents and professionals is essential.
While the treatment needs for each adult, adolescent or child may be different, the goal is the same; that is, to understand better the meaning of one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors and through understanding, a chance for more lasting happiness and satisfaction in work, school, friendships and intimate relationships.
I have been in practice for over 20 years, working with adults, children and adolescents in psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis. The frequency and duration of each treatment depends on the unique needs of every person; for example, a college student may be seeking short-term therapy to deal with the transition from home to school or an adult may be seeking longer term treatment to understand a pattern of failed relationships. Children are often referred by family members or school counselors, who provide valuable background information to help determine the best treatment. Ongoing collaboration with parents and professionals is essential.
(202) 417-3278 View (202) 417-3278
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Margaux T Delotte-Bennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
I have experience working with runaway and homeless youth and women, teen parents, LGBTIQ+ individuals, those on the sexuality and gender spectrum, refugees, and asylum seekers. I am a hearing member of the ASL signing community and an advocate for accessibility and language access for all. I do my best work with youth and adults who are open to creative problem-solving and deep reflection of patterns that might hinder or aid in healing. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction therapies and have experience with Solution Focused and Narrative therapies.
I have experience working with runaway and homeless youth and women, teen parents, LGBTIQ+ individuals, those on the sexuality and gender spectrum, refugees, and asylum seekers. I am a hearing member of the ASL signing community and an advocate for accessibility and language access for all. I do my best work with youth and adults who are open to creative problem-solving and deep reflection of patterns that might hinder or aid in healing. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction therapies and have experience with Solution Focused and Narrative therapies.
(202) 978-4583 View (202) 978-4583
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Andrea Wein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Much of my work has focused on family and relationship conflicts, young adult life transitions, and traumatic experiences, such as domestic violence and child and adolescent sexual assault.
The decision to seek therapy takes courage. I aim to provide a non-judgmental space that allows you to feel comfortable and understood. The best outcome in therapy comes from a trusting and collaborative relationship between the therapist and you. In my work, one of the main outcomes is for you to appreciate your strengths, how you have used your strengths to overcome previous challenges, and how you can use them to face current and future situations.
Much of my work has focused on family and relationship conflicts, young adult life transitions, and traumatic experiences, such as domestic violence and child and adolescent sexual assault.
The decision to seek therapy takes courage. I aim to provide a non-judgmental space that allows you to feel comfortable and understood. The best outcome in therapy comes from a trusting and collaborative relationship between the therapist and you. In my work, one of the main outcomes is for you to appreciate your strengths, how you have used your strengths to overcome previous challenges, and how you can use them to face current and future situations.
(202) 471-1316 View (202) 471-1316
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Albert Haley
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Does it feel like you go through the motions in life, unable to feel much joy? Maybe you numb yourself out with addictions, media, or other distractions. Often people, men in particular, believe they have to tough it out. They might not feel safe opening up and really getting to the bottom of their feelings. But going it alone gets lonely and tends to make things worse. I help people who want to feel better about themselves and overcome the issues that hold them back. I work with teen boys, young men, older men, and others who are looking for someone who can truly see and hear them.
Does it feel like you go through the motions in life, unable to feel much joy? Maybe you numb yourself out with addictions, media, or other distractions. Often people, men in particular, believe they have to tough it out. They might not feel safe opening up and really getting to the bottom of their feelings. But going it alone gets lonely and tends to make things worse. I help people who want to feel better about themselves and overcome the issues that hold them back. I work with teen boys, young men, older men, and others who are looking for someone who can truly see and hear them.
(202) 978-6566 View (202) 978-6566
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Meredith Gardner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, communication, divorce, grief, relationships and behavior management. I am primarily cognitive behavioral and take an active role in therapy, challenging clients to explore alternative ways to deal with their issues while creating a trusting and caring environment. I am the founder and clinical director of District Therapy Associates, a psychotherapy practice with several diverse therapists who focus on child, adolescent, adult, family, marriage, and group therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, communication, divorce, grief, relationships and behavior management. I am primarily cognitive behavioral and take an active role in therapy, challenging clients to explore alternative ways to deal with their issues while creating a trusting and caring environment. I am the founder and clinical director of District Therapy Associates, a psychotherapy practice with several diverse therapists who focus on child, adolescent, adult, family, marriage, and group therapy.
(202) 609-8914 View (202) 609-8914
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Kendra Scott—Anxiety•Depression•Young Adults•Kids
Counselor, MEd, LGPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Is your child falling behind in school? Does your teenager act out or have trouble making friends? Is your young adult having difficulty? Are you always anxious? Do you find yourself struggling to summon the motivation that you need to take care of family or work responsibilities? Are you weighed down by the burden of past experiences or difficult memories? You are not alone. In therapy, you or your child can gain balance, focus, and confidence. You can build coping skills that make your life better in tangible ways. You and your children can thrive. Reach out today. I look forward to hearing your story!
Is your child falling behind in school? Does your teenager act out or have trouble making friends? Is your young adult having difficulty? Are you always anxious? Do you find yourself struggling to summon the motivation that you need to take care of family or work responsibilities? Are you weighed down by the burden of past experiences or difficult memories? You are not alone. In therapy, you or your child can gain balance, focus, and confidence. You can build coping skills that make your life better in tangible ways. You and your children can thrive. Reach out today. I look forward to hearing your story!
(844) 284-9691 View (844) 284-9691
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Adrienne Harding, MA, LPC — Optimal Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Are you stuck? Do you or your teenager need support recovering from addiction? Are depression, anxiety, or poor self-image keeping you stuck in life? Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BPD), schizophrenia, or other mental health challenges? Have you experienced traumatic events in childhood or in your adult life? In therapy, we will draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other treatment modalities to support you in developing effective coping skills. We can work on resolving trauma and defusing other factors that may be powering your difficulties. Contact me today. I am looking forward to hearing your story.
Are you stuck? Do you or your teenager need support recovering from addiction? Are depression, anxiety, or poor self-image keeping you stuck in life? Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BPD), schizophrenia, or other mental health challenges? Have you experienced traumatic events in childhood or in your adult life? In therapy, we will draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other treatment modalities to support you in developing effective coping skills. We can work on resolving trauma and defusing other factors that may be powering your difficulties. Contact me today. I am looking forward to hearing your story.
(202) 866-1366 View (202) 866-1366
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Lindsay King
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Lindsay King, a creative, compassionate counselor (LPC) with over 20 years of experience counseling kids, caregivers, & communities to heal and thrive. Are you and your child/teen facing mental health challenges, stress, anxiety, change, or grief? Do you want to help your child improve their communication, coping, or focusing skills? Would you like an improved relationship with your child/teen? I’d love to help you and your family set goals, process stress, and learn skills to improve overall family wellness. I primarily use expressive, DBT-informed therapy & training to encourage human healing and growth.
Hi, I'm Lindsay King, a creative, compassionate counselor (LPC) with over 20 years of experience counseling kids, caregivers, & communities to heal and thrive. Are you and your child/teen facing mental health challenges, stress, anxiety, change, or grief? Do you want to help your child improve their communication, coping, or focusing skills? Would you like an improved relationship with your child/teen? I’d love to help you and your family set goals, process stress, and learn skills to improve overall family wellness. I primarily use expressive, DBT-informed therapy & training to encourage human healing and growth.
(202) 972-2902 View (202) 972-2902
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Joy Natwick
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Whether you're seeking individual therapy, family counseling, or support for your child or teen, I am here to walk alongside you on your journey toward greater well-being and fulfillment.
I'm a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for fostering growth and resilience in individuals and families. My aim is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where clients of all ages can explore their inner worlds, overcome challenges, and discover their innate potential for healing and transformation. Whether you're seeking therapy for yourself or your child, adolescent, or family unit, I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, drug and alcohol use and more.
Whether you're seeking individual therapy, family counseling, or support for your child or teen, I am here to walk alongside you on your journey toward greater well-being and fulfillment.
I'm a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for fostering growth and resilience in individuals and families. My aim is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where clients of all ages can explore their inner worlds, overcome challenges, and discover their innate potential for healing and transformation. Whether you're seeking therapy for yourself or your child, adolescent, or family unit, I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, drug and alcohol use and more.
(202) 810-1153 View (202) 810-1153
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Makira Holder
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Hello! My Name is Makira. I am a therapist with Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services. We are a multicultural and multi-lingual practice offering therapeutic services to children, teenager, and adults. Our clinicians are trained to utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to support and empower a diverse population. At Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services, our mission is to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges or experiencing stress. We approach our work with understanding, respect, and genuine care, aiming to provide the best possible support.
Hello! My Name is Makira. I am a therapist with Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services. We are a multicultural and multi-lingual practice offering therapeutic services to children, teenager, and adults. Our clinicians are trained to utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to support and empower a diverse population. At Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services, our mission is to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges or experiencing stress. We approach our work with understanding, respect, and genuine care, aiming to provide the best possible support.
(202) 946-3741 View (202) 946-3741
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Chanda R Reynolds
Psychologist, PsyD, MS, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
Is your Child or Teen having problems with anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues? Is your family having significant parent-child conflict? I want to help you & your family achieve a healthier life. Adolescents and young adults have unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. During these critical periods in life, many may face peer issues, family conflict, self-esteem difficulty, parent-child conflict, and difficulty with transitions (e.g., high school to college; college to career). I have approximately 10 years of experience working with these age groups. Currently, I am also available to see young adult clients.
Is your Child or Teen having problems with anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues? Is your family having significant parent-child conflict? I want to help you & your family achieve a healthier life. Adolescents and young adults have unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. During these critical periods in life, many may face peer issues, family conflict, self-esteem difficulty, parent-child conflict, and difficulty with transitions (e.g., high school to college; college to career). I have approximately 10 years of experience working with these age groups. Currently, I am also available to see young adult clients.
(202) 519-5765 View (202) 519-5765
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Karen Garman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents, and provide services tailored to the child or adolescent’s developmental level and needs.
I work with adults, adolescents and children to create a safe space in which to explore and understand struggles, develop healthy coping skills, and cultivate fulfilling relationships. I bring my understanding of development across the life span, listening skills, and a commitment to help each individual feel understood, supported, and challenged to move toward healing, growth, and the change they desire.
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents, and provide services tailored to the child or adolescent’s developmental level and needs.
I work with adults, adolescents and children to create a safe space in which to explore and understand struggles, develop healthy coping skills, and cultivate fulfilling relationships. I bring my understanding of development across the life span, listening skills, and a commitment to help each individual feel understood, supported, and challenged to move toward healing, growth, and the change they desire.
(202) 729-9092 View (202) 729-9092
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Camille White
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
Is your teen feeling isolated? Are they struggling to connect with their peers? Have you noticed that they are becoming socially distant? If you are unsure how you can help your kid to adjust to this unprecedented time, I can help. I help teens to fit in with their peers, get along with others, and become successful at navigating a complex world. With experience as both a teacher and a school counselor, I have great perspective on how to help students gain comfort with who they are, strategize and cope with stress in the home and school environments, and to find new ways to connect with others!
Is your teen feeling isolated? Are they struggling to connect with their peers? Have you noticed that they are becoming socially distant? If you are unsure how you can help your kid to adjust to this unprecedented time, I can help. I help teens to fit in with their peers, get along with others, and become successful at navigating a complex world. With experience as both a teacher and a school counselor, I have great perspective on how to help students gain comfort with who they are, strategize and cope with stress in the home and school environments, and to find new ways to connect with others!
(877) 590-7470 View (877) 590-7470
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.