Therapists for Teens in Raleigh, NC

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Nadara Albanese
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA Ed, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27610
Are you or your teen feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious about life, school, relationships, college/career, motivation, communication, and overall emotional health? Are you seeking help for your teen to build self-esteem, resilience, coping skills, and gain knowledge, to help them navigate their world which can be filled with so much uncertainty. I am passionate about helping adolescence and young adults find meaning and direction in their lives while supporting them through what can feel like the most difficult life transition - becoming a financially independent, confident, balanced, happy and healthy adult.
Are you or your teen feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious about life, school, relationships, college/career, motivation, communication, and overall emotional health? Are you seeking help for your teen to build self-esteem, resilience, coping skills, and gain knowledge, to help them navigate their world which can be filled with so much uncertainty. I am passionate about helping adolescence and young adults find meaning and direction in their lives while supporting them through what can feel like the most difficult life transition - becoming a financially independent, confident, balanced, happy and healthy adult.
(919) 364-6882 View (919) 364-6882
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Ty'kia Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Ty’Kia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Savannah State University. She is passionate about working with teens, young adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, addiction, self-esteem issues, and other life stressors. Ty’Kia has experience in acute PHP/IOP programs, as well as domestic violence/teen dating violence, and substance abuse treatment by helping clients develop and utilize coping skills, guiding clients to reach their personal goals, and helping them establish and maintain self-care. Ty’Kia’s approach has a holistic framework
Ty’Kia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Savannah State University. She is passionate about working with teens, young adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, addiction, self-esteem issues, and other life stressors. Ty’Kia has experience in acute PHP/IOP programs, as well as domestic violence/teen dating violence, and substance abuse treatment by helping clients develop and utilize coping skills, guiding clients to reach their personal goals, and helping them establish and maintain self-care. Ty’Kia’s approach has a holistic framework
(984) 314-8154 View (984) 314-8154
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Natasha St Fort
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA , LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
I believe that it is important to vent to a “professionally trained friend” outside of your normal circle to receive the proper intervention and assistance you need in order to progress & flourish. I view therapy as a ball of yarn being untangled where the yarn signifies your thoughts. Are you a mom, currently pregnant, or just recently given birth? You may have feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, depressed mood, and need whole health management. Are you a teen/young adult, or adult that needs to work through stress and anxiety, trauma, healthy relationships, set boundaries, or work on self-esteem? I am here to help you untangle.
I believe that it is important to vent to a “professionally trained friend” outside of your normal circle to receive the proper intervention and assistance you need in order to progress & flourish. I view therapy as a ball of yarn being untangled where the yarn signifies your thoughts. Are you a mom, currently pregnant, or just recently given birth? You may have feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, depressed mood, and need whole health management. Are you a teen/young adult, or adult that needs to work through stress and anxiety, trauma, healthy relationships, set boundaries, or work on self-esteem? I am here to help you untangle.
(919) 827-0852 View (919) 827-0852
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Alicia A. Blankenship
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
My passion is helping child and adolescent victims of abuse and neglect heal emotionally and break free of invisible scars that are holding them back from feeling empowered and leading their best life. I work with caregivers and family who are inevitably touched by these painful experiences to help them help their loved one and improve their own emotional wellbeing. I also provide a compassionate, non-judgmental safe place for adults with unresolved trauma, past or present, to collaboratively work through issues and learn to process thoughts in healthier more adaptive ways, pursue goals and thrive rather than just survive.
My passion is helping child and adolescent victims of abuse and neglect heal emotionally and break free of invisible scars that are holding them back from feeling empowered and leading their best life. I work with caregivers and family who are inevitably touched by these painful experiences to help them help their loved one and improve their own emotional wellbeing. I also provide a compassionate, non-judgmental safe place for adults with unresolved trauma, past or present, to collaboratively work through issues and learn to process thoughts in healthier more adaptive ways, pursue goals and thrive rather than just survive.
(984) 207-5457 View (984) 207-5457
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Cameron Addertion
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27605  (Online Only)
I previously led weekly adolescent DBT skills groups and social skills groups specific to youth diagnosed with Autism.
I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. I have experience working with children, teenagers, and adults in the mental health field. I have worked with children, parents, and families. I have worked with crisis clients and am interested in trauma work. I specialize in working with teenagers and young adults who have experienced trauma and are experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, increased anger, and life transitions.
I previously led weekly adolescent DBT skills groups and social skills groups specific to youth diagnosed with Autism.
I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. I have experience working with children, teenagers, and adults in the mental health field. I have worked with children, parents, and families. I have worked with crisis clients and am interested in trauma work. I specialize in working with teenagers and young adults who have experienced trauma and are experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, increased anger, and life transitions.
(919) 849-8236 View (919) 849-8236
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Maggie O'Connor at Nourish Carolina Counseling
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Being a child or adolescent in today's world is difficult, and having someone available to truly hear you and provide support with unconditional positive regard can make all of the difference in the world.
Hi, I’m Maggie! I help children, preteens, and teenagers address emotional and behavioral challenges related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal struggles, stress, and school issues. We all recognize that life is tough right now, and my goal is to help all people know that they are valued and important. I seek to create a therapeutic space that is comfortable and safe for all people. My experience working in schools, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient settings allows me to tailor treatment to each person I see.
Being a child or adolescent in today's world is difficult, and having someone available to truly hear you and provide support with unconditional positive regard can make all of the difference in the world.
Hi, I’m Maggie! I help children, preteens, and teenagers address emotional and behavioral challenges related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal struggles, stress, and school issues. We all recognize that life is tough right now, and my goal is to help all people know that they are valued and important. I seek to create a therapeutic space that is comfortable and safe for all people. My experience working in schools, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient settings allows me to tailor treatment to each person I see.
(984) 231-9263 View (984) 231-9263
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Dr. Aeshia L Jackson
LCSW Associate , MSW, LCSWA, IFTS
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Aeshia Jackson, Therapist, President, and Certified Life Coach of Creative Concepts Therapeutic Services, LLC. Creative Concepts Therapeutic Services, as an agency provides therapeutic services to children ages 0-3 and also elementary-age children with special needs. As a compassionate and dedicated outpatient mental health therapist, I specialize in providing support to adolescent girls and women navigating through challenges such as rejection, abuse, depression, and anxiety. With a deep understanding of the unique struggles women may face, I am committed to creating a safe and nurturing space for healing and growth.
I am Dr. Aeshia Jackson, Therapist, President, and Certified Life Coach of Creative Concepts Therapeutic Services, LLC. Creative Concepts Therapeutic Services, as an agency provides therapeutic services to children ages 0-3 and also elementary-age children with special needs. As a compassionate and dedicated outpatient mental health therapist, I specialize in providing support to adolescent girls and women navigating through challenges such as rejection, abuse, depression, and anxiety. With a deep understanding of the unique struggles women may face, I am committed to creating a safe and nurturing space for healing and growth.
(984) 789-5067 View (984) 789-5067
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Gregory R. Fox
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27612
I specialize in providing counseling for adolescents (14+) and adults experiencing: Anxiety and Depression, Men's Issues (ramifications of divorce/separation, midlife transition, stress), Adolescent Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Grief and Bereavement, Life Transitions, Relationship Challenges and Lifestyle Issues.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor centrally located in the Triangle area of North Carolina, serving clients from: Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville and Cary. My focus will be on helping you navigate life's difficult roadblocks, unexpected changes, relationship struggles and the day-to-day challenges impacting your quality of life. The counseling journey can offer you a powerful pathway toward understanding your personal situation and can provide you with techniques to help you achieve your goals.
I specialize in providing counseling for adolescents (14+) and adults experiencing: Anxiety and Depression, Men's Issues (ramifications of divorce/separation, midlife transition, stress), Adolescent Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Grief and Bereavement, Life Transitions, Relationship Challenges and Lifestyle Issues.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor centrally located in the Triangle area of North Carolina, serving clients from: Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville and Cary. My focus will be on helping you navigate life's difficult roadblocks, unexpected changes, relationship struggles and the day-to-day challenges impacting your quality of life. The counseling journey can offer you a powerful pathway toward understanding your personal situation and can provide you with techniques to help you achieve your goals.
(919) 629-1840 View (919) 629-1840
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Angeline Martin Woodson
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LCMHC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Please call or email me for an appointment for children, adolescent, adults, couples or family therapy today.
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.
Please call or email me for an appointment for children, adolescent, adults, couples or family therapy today.
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.
(919) 328-2317 View (919) 328-2317
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Pamela Offner Burch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27608
There is a path to Hope and Healing for you or someone you love. Allow me to assist in that journey for those of you who are struggling. Whether you are facing the impact of depression, anxiety, stressful times, anger and resentment, grief and loss, parenting challenges, divorce recovery, communication difficulties or just life adjustment issues, consider investing in your recovery by entering into therapy. Whether you are an adult, adolescent, or child, I will walk down that path along side of you in order for you to experience positive change and healing.
There is a path to Hope and Healing for you or someone you love. Allow me to assist in that journey for those of you who are struggling. Whether you are facing the impact of depression, anxiety, stressful times, anger and resentment, grief and loss, parenting challenges, divorce recovery, communication difficulties or just life adjustment issues, consider investing in your recovery by entering into therapy. Whether you are an adult, adolescent, or child, I will walk down that path along side of you in order for you to experience positive change and healing.
(919) 429-7729 View (919) 429-7729
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Sydney Swan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck in your life? Unsure of how to change things for the better? Are you struggling with perfectionism, self-esteem, anxiety, adjusting to new or difficult life experiences? It can be overwhelming and isolating when you’re struggling emotionally. If you or your adolescent can relate to these experiences, there is hope. As a therapist I have to come to understand my clients needs and believe in the following: you can increase Self-acceptance, create positive change through your own Wisdom and begin to heal with the support of an Authentic and Nurturing therapeutic relationship. S.W.A.N. is more than just a name.
Are you feeling stuck in your life? Unsure of how to change things for the better? Are you struggling with perfectionism, self-esteem, anxiety, adjusting to new or difficult life experiences? It can be overwhelming and isolating when you’re struggling emotionally. If you or your adolescent can relate to these experiences, there is hope. As a therapist I have to come to understand my clients needs and believe in the following: you can increase Self-acceptance, create positive change through your own Wisdom and begin to heal with the support of an Authentic and Nurturing therapeutic relationship. S.W.A.N. is more than just a name.
(984) 265-2233 View (984) 265-2233
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Mike Daniels
Psychologist, PhD, HSP-P
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
She specializes in working with adolescent and adult female clients.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. My life and career experiences have uniquely prepared me for working with those age groups. Prior to obtaining my Ph.D., I worked for twelve years as a high school teacher and athletics coach. This experience has provided me with unique insight for working with adolescents. Meanwhile, I have worked extensively as a therapist in college counseling centers and adult focused practices, providing me with a wealth of experience treating adults. In addition to providing therapy, I have worked at UNCG providing supervision to graduate students in the clinical psychology program.
She specializes in working with adolescent and adult female clients.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. My life and career experiences have uniquely prepared me for working with those age groups. Prior to obtaining my Ph.D., I worked for twelve years as a high school teacher and athletics coach. This experience has provided me with unique insight for working with adolescents. Meanwhile, I have worked extensively as a therapist in college counseling centers and adult focused practices, providing me with a wealth of experience treating adults. In addition to providing therapy, I have worked at UNCG providing supervision to graduate students in the clinical psychology program.
(919) 346-8025 View (919) 346-8025
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Lys Lin
Counselor, LCMCHA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27614  (Online Only)
I work with adult and adolescent clients focusing on a variety of presenting concerns including bicultural identity, divorce, domestic violence, childhood trauma, life transitions, and perinatal/pregnancy/postpartum matters. I am passionate about exploring gender roles and expectations. I love to serve, share common experiences, and celebrate culture and identity with fellow members of the AAPI community and speak Mandarin. I work with couples and families to hold space for the specific difficulties of intercultural relationships.
I work with adult and adolescent clients focusing on a variety of presenting concerns including bicultural identity, divorce, domestic violence, childhood trauma, life transitions, and perinatal/pregnancy/postpartum matters. I am passionate about exploring gender roles and expectations. I love to serve, share common experiences, and celebrate culture and identity with fellow members of the AAPI community and speak Mandarin. I work with couples and families to hold space for the specific difficulties of intercultural relationships.
(919) 343-9619 View (919) 343-9619
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Amanda Clerkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27616
I specialize in providing treatment for couples, families, adults and teens. Many clients I work with are looking for help with a mental health issue like addiction, anxiety, ADHD or depression. Some may also need help adjusting to life transitions whether it's a teenager trying to gain self confidence, or an older adult who has experienced loss. I have over twenty years of professional experience helping a diverse range of people get people on a better path to wellness!
I specialize in providing treatment for couples, families, adults and teens. Many clients I work with are looking for help with a mental health issue like addiction, anxiety, ADHD or depression. Some may also need help adjusting to life transitions whether it's a teenager trying to gain self confidence, or an older adult who has experienced loss. I have over twenty years of professional experience helping a diverse range of people get people on a better path to wellness!
(984) 223-6284 View (984) 223-6284
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Amy Perry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27617
Amy works with adolescents and adults and her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety, depression, post adoption challenges, grief and loss, miscarriage/infertility issues, parenting, substance abuse, adult attachment, teen identity and self-esteem, and interpersonal challenges.
Amy works with adolescents and adults and her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety, depression, post adoption challenges, grief and loss, miscarriage/infertility issues, parenting, substance abuse, adult attachment, teen identity and self-esteem, and interpersonal challenges.
(984) 300-4118 View (984) 300-4118
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Mary Woodson
Counselor, MS, LCAS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
If you or your teenager can answer yes to ANY of these questions, let's schedule a time to meet conveniently online: Feeling hopeless or like things aren't going to get better? Having difficulty speaking up for yourself or communicating with others?Is it hard adjusting to change? Do you wish you had a clear plan towards reaching your goals? Do you deal with stress? Are you in an open, poly, or non-monogamous relationship (ENM)? Do you have negative thoughts or struggle with low self-esteem? Are you starting to use alcohol or drugs to cope with your problems and worried it may be getting out of control?
If you or your teenager can answer yes to ANY of these questions, let's schedule a time to meet conveniently online: Feeling hopeless or like things aren't going to get better? Having difficulty speaking up for yourself or communicating with others?Is it hard adjusting to change? Do you wish you had a clear plan towards reaching your goals? Do you deal with stress? Are you in an open, poly, or non-monogamous relationship (ENM)? Do you have negative thoughts or struggle with low self-esteem? Are you starting to use alcohol or drugs to cope with your problems and worried it may be getting out of control?
(919) 899-2841 View (919) 899-2841
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Heidi Yvette Herring
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Some of the areas I focus on in treatment include anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, trauma, sexual abuse, childhood abuse/neglect issues, relationship dysfunction, ADHD, childhood/adolescent behavior issues, substance abuse (alcohol/drugs), and various issues with people with disabilities.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist who has been in practice for over fifteen years. I have experience as a special education teacher and public-school administrator. I have a wealth of experience providing progressive therapeutic strategies and interventions to change personal and/or family situations, solve problems, and/or simply bring a healthier balance to individuals’ lives. Being a single parent and working mom, I understand, firsthand, the joys and struggles of living in this society and parenting children today.
Some of the areas I focus on in treatment include anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, trauma, sexual abuse, childhood abuse/neglect issues, relationship dysfunction, ADHD, childhood/adolescent behavior issues, substance abuse (alcohol/drugs), and various issues with people with disabilities.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist who has been in practice for over fifteen years. I have experience as a special education teacher and public-school administrator. I have a wealth of experience providing progressive therapeutic strategies and interventions to change personal and/or family situations, solve problems, and/or simply bring a healthier balance to individuals’ lives. Being a single parent and working mom, I understand, firsthand, the joys and struggles of living in this society and parenting children today.
(919) 642-4935 View (919) 642-4935
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Heather Fairley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27614  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck and find it difficult to find joy and purpose? Do you find it challenging to show up as your authentic self? Are you struggling with understanding and parenting adolescent children? Through therapy, I can provide you with the tools needed to work through obstacles and unlearn behavior patterns that may no longer be serving you. Couples - Are you seeking to enhance intimacy in your relationship, resolve conflicts, and/or improve communication? Together, we will collaborate to find solutions and identify strengths in your relationship, leveraging them to overcome barriers and enhance satisfaction.
Do you feel stuck and find it difficult to find joy and purpose? Do you find it challenging to show up as your authentic self? Are you struggling with understanding and parenting adolescent children? Through therapy, I can provide you with the tools needed to work through obstacles and unlearn behavior patterns that may no longer be serving you. Couples - Are you seeking to enhance intimacy in your relationship, resolve conflicts, and/or improve communication? Together, we will collaborate to find solutions and identify strengths in your relationship, leveraging them to overcome barriers and enhance satisfaction.
(919) 415-0659 View (919) 415-0659
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Parr Therapeutic Solutions
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
When my clients come to me, they are often feeling overwhelmed, out of control, even angry. These experiences may be amplified by feelings of boredom, lack of motivation, and exhaustion. You, or your adolescent, may be entering one of life's inevitable transitions. Perhaps you find yourself experiencing a shift in identity, separating from a loved one, welcoming new members into your family, or experiencing grief and loss. I may be able to help.
When my clients come to me, they are often feeling overwhelmed, out of control, even angry. These experiences may be amplified by feelings of boredom, lack of motivation, and exhaustion. You, or your adolescent, may be entering one of life's inevitable transitions. Perhaps you find yourself experiencing a shift in identity, separating from a loved one, welcoming new members into your family, or experiencing grief and loss. I may be able to help.
(919) 344-0928 View (919) 344-0928
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Raleigh Kids
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Are you a parent looking for help for your child, preteen, teen, or family, from a Christian perspective? Maybe you want some guidance in talking to your children? Looking for services for yourself? Raleigh Kids is here to help you and your family! Raleigh Kids, founded by Dr. Sarah Rainer, is a private practice offering christian mental health services. Services are provided using evidence-based techniques that align with a Christian worldview. Raleigh Kids encourages our clients and reminds of their ultimate hope even in the midst of hardship.
Are you a parent looking for help for your child, preteen, teen, or family, from a Christian perspective? Maybe you want some guidance in talking to your children? Looking for services for yourself? Raleigh Kids is here to help you and your family! Raleigh Kids, founded by Dr. Sarah Rainer, is a private practice offering christian mental health services. Services are provided using evidence-based techniques that align with a Christian worldview. Raleigh Kids encourages our clients and reminds of their ultimate hope even in the midst of hardship.
(919) 343-5036 View (919) 343-5036
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.