Therapists for Teens in Brooklyn, NY

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Hayley Schlattman
Pre-Licensed Professional, MHC-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
I work with adolescent and adult clients on issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, identity-concerns, relationships, and more.
We are all out here trying to survive, and even the act of surviving can be overwhelming. The world sometimes feels like it's caving in and you’re not sure what to do. But, you deserve a moment to catch your breath before the next battle in your story. Whether that be dealing with relationships, internal trauma, or just day to day existing. No matter the reason, you deserve a chance to heal yourself and I aim to help you achieve that goal. I am a very engaging therapist and my therapy is designed to help you reach whatever your end goal may be. I want to help you get to a point where you don’t need to see me anymore.
I work with adolescent and adult clients on issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, identity-concerns, relationships, and more.
We are all out here trying to survive, and even the act of surviving can be overwhelming. The world sometimes feels like it's caving in and you’re not sure what to do. But, you deserve a moment to catch your breath before the next battle in your story. Whether that be dealing with relationships, internal trauma, or just day to day existing. No matter the reason, you deserve a chance to heal yourself and I aim to help you achieve that goal. I am a very engaging therapist and my therapy is designed to help you reach whatever your end goal may be. I want to help you get to a point where you don’t need to see me anymore.
(646) 718-7532 View (646) 718-7532
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Patrice Levy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11214
I have experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, family issues, adolescent/teen-specific issues, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence.
I am a licensed social worker in New York, New Jersey, and Colorado, as well as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor with 10+ years of professional clinical experience. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I work with adolescents and adults, individuals, couples, and families. I am an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart. I am straightforward, open, and honest, but I always remain client-focused and will help you work on the things that will help you feel empowered to be your best self.
I have experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, family issues, adolescent/teen-specific issues, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence.
I am a licensed social worker in New York, New Jersey, and Colorado, as well as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor with 10+ years of professional clinical experience. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I work with adolescents and adults, individuals, couples, and families. I am an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart. I am straightforward, open, and honest, but I always remain client-focused and will help you work on the things that will help you feel empowered to be your best self.
(929) 470-7154 View (929) 470-7154
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Kai Kangas-Dick
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Across the span of child and adolescent development, every individual has a unique personal story and strengths that shine through, even in the face of challenge. I work with individuals from preschool through college and beyond, but my expertise is in early childhood and elementary-age development. With specialized experience and training in working with neurodiverse learners, including those with ADHD and autism, as well as gender-diverse individuals, I integrate evidence-based approaches to empower individuals and families with information, tools, and strategies to facilitate positive adjustment and wellbeing.
Across the span of child and adolescent development, every individual has a unique personal story and strengths that shine through, even in the face of challenge. I work with individuals from preschool through college and beyond, but my expertise is in early childhood and elementary-age development. With specialized experience and training in working with neurodiverse learners, including those with ADHD and autism, as well as gender-diverse individuals, I integrate evidence-based approaches to empower individuals and families with information, tools, and strategies to facilitate positive adjustment and wellbeing.
(646) 480-7346 View (646) 480-7346
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Samuel Parton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Working in schools and foster care settings for years, Sam is an expert in child and adolescent therapy. He utilizes two of the leading therapies, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With CBT, Sam helps clients change unhelpful thought processes and behavioral patterns and aids clients in bravely facing their fears. While with DBT, he helps clients learn better emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about building connections and assists clients in finding strengths and skills within themselves to work through any struggles they might be experiencing.
Working in schools and foster care settings for years, Sam is an expert in child and adolescent therapy. He utilizes two of the leading therapies, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With CBT, Sam helps clients change unhelpful thought processes and behavioral patterns and aids clients in bravely facing their fears. While with DBT, he helps clients learn better emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about building connections and assists clients in finding strengths and skills within themselves to work through any struggles they might be experiencing.
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Mary Borys
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MAT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Kids are under enormous pressure at home, in school and with peers. These pressures can present themselves in many ways -- as childhood anxiety, adolescent depression, or school behavioral problems. My focus is on making your child feel heard, while providing them with a tool belt of coping mechanisms that can be accessed whenever they are feeling overwhelmed. Your child will build self-esteem along with practical emotional awareness and regulation skills that can be incorporated into their daily lives.
Kids are under enormous pressure at home, in school and with peers. These pressures can present themselves in many ways -- as childhood anxiety, adolescent depression, or school behavioral problems. My focus is on making your child feel heard, while providing them with a tool belt of coping mechanisms that can be accessed whenever they are feeling overwhelmed. Your child will build self-esteem along with practical emotional awareness and regulation skills that can be incorporated into their daily lives.
(929) 325-2948 View (929) 325-2948
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Kristin Pleines
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Waitlist for new clients
In addition to supporting your child or teen through therapy, I'll also create behavior strategies you can utilize at home.
I'm an LCSW practicing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and my office is conveniently located three blocks from the Bedford L stop. I'm psychodynamically oriented, and I specialize in anxiety, play therapy, trauma, and attachment. I enjoy helping families to strengthen relationships. Play is a child's natural way of communicating, and thus is the perfect tool for therapy with young children. I often work with older children, teens, and adults as well, and tailor my therapeutic approach to the needs of each person I work with.
In addition to supporting your child or teen through therapy, I'll also create behavior strategies you can utilize at home.
I'm an LCSW practicing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and my office is conveniently located three blocks from the Bedford L stop. I'm psychodynamically oriented, and I specialize in anxiety, play therapy, trauma, and attachment. I enjoy helping families to strengthen relationships. Play is a child's natural way of communicating, and thus is the perfect tool for therapy with young children. I often work with older children, teens, and adults as well, and tailor my therapeutic approach to the needs of each person I work with.
(646) 762-1333 View (646) 762-1333
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Dr. Stacy Beach
Psychologist, PsyD, MSEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
It's always the right time to start helping yourself. Therapy is a space where you can be and discover your most authentic self, to learn about what makes you who you are, and to build the tools that will help you navigate your world with less anxiety or conflicts. I am passionate about working with individuals at all stages, from early childhood into adulthood. Whether you are looking for help for your child or teenager, are a young adult starting to go out on your own, or just experiencing changes or stressors in your life, I am here to help you.
It's always the right time to start helping yourself. Therapy is a space where you can be and discover your most authentic self, to learn about what makes you who you are, and to build the tools that will help you navigate your world with less anxiety or conflicts. I am passionate about working with individuals at all stages, from early childhood into adulthood. Whether you are looking for help for your child or teenager, are a young adult starting to go out on your own, or just experiencing changes or stressors in your life, I am here to help you.
(347) 923-9288 View (347) 923-9288
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Julie Finkel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
Being a kid or teen is hard enough without going through a traumatic experience.
Hi there, I'm Julie and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with kids, teens, and their families who went through a traumatic experience and are struggling with its aftermath. If you've experienced something scary, sad, or stressful, it's normal to have a lot of strong emotions that you may not know how to handle. Anxiety, fear, and anger might make you feel like there's something wrong with you or that you're out of control. If you're a kid or teen who wants help after going through a traumatic event, or if you're a parent seeking support for your child, know that there's hope!
Being a kid or teen is hard enough without going through a traumatic experience.
Hi there, I'm Julie and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with kids, teens, and their families who went through a traumatic experience and are struggling with its aftermath. If you've experienced something scary, sad, or stressful, it's normal to have a lot of strong emotions that you may not know how to handle. Anxiety, fear, and anger might make you feel like there's something wrong with you or that you're out of control. If you're a kid or teen who wants help after going through a traumatic event, or if you're a parent seeking support for your child, know that there's hope!
(347) 462-0255 View (347) 462-0255
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Gigi Huang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Waitlist for new clients
< Waitlist only. Toddlers, pre-teen, and teenagers will be prioritized. > I am a non-binary, mentally ill, Taiwanese immigrant. My journey as a therapist is guided by lived experience and a strong commitment to justice. I have worked with toddlers, teenagers, and adults from all walks of life since 2016. My expertise lies in working with people living with complex trauma and substance use. I am also in community with kinksters and sex worker and am equipped to discuss non-monogamy, relationships involving power exchange (e.g., sub/dom dynamics), and fetish related matters.
< Waitlist only. Toddlers, pre-teen, and teenagers will be prioritized. > I am a non-binary, mentally ill, Taiwanese immigrant. My journey as a therapist is guided by lived experience and a strong commitment to justice. I have worked with toddlers, teenagers, and adults from all walks of life since 2016. My expertise lies in working with people living with complex trauma and substance use. I am also in community with kinksters and sex worker and am equipped to discuss non-monogamy, relationships involving power exchange (e.g., sub/dom dynamics), and fetish related matters.
(929) 334-4714 View (929) 334-4714
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Dahlia Kaufman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I am a child and adolescent psychologist and certified school psychologist with over 15 years experience working with children and their families. I work with children dealing with a range of issues, including developmental, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges, as well as those who are facing difficult situations like divorce or loss. I also work with parents to address many parenting issues, whether it is building a more positive relationship with your child, managing difficult behaviors, or coparenting successfully.
I am a child and adolescent psychologist and certified school psychologist with over 15 years experience working with children and their families. I work with children dealing with a range of issues, including developmental, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges, as well as those who are facing difficult situations like divorce or loss. I also work with parents to address many parenting issues, whether it is building a more positive relationship with your child, managing difficult behaviors, or coparenting successfully.
(347) 414-7727 View (347) 414-7727
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Taji R Duncombe Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11236
No longer recognize the child in your home? Do you want your child back? If you want to regain a sense of love, peace, respect and stability within your home, I am here to assist you! Families typically begin their greatest challenges during the youth’s adolescent years. Adolescents can present with a myriad of challenges (i.e.: mental health, social, familial). Parents can then struggle to communicate effectively with their youth leading to increased stress and family conflict. Ultimately, both are seeking understanding, stability, and peace.
No longer recognize the child in your home? Do you want your child back? If you want to regain a sense of love, peace, respect and stability within your home, I am here to assist you! Families typically begin their greatest challenges during the youth’s adolescent years. Adolescents can present with a myriad of challenges (i.e.: mental health, social, familial). Parents can then struggle to communicate effectively with their youth leading to increased stress and family conflict. Ultimately, both are seeking understanding, stability, and peace.
(718) 865-3733 View (718) 865-3733
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Charles Weinberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11230
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma and emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, sexual identity, and other presentations.
My name is Charles A. Weinberg, LCSW/R, FAPA, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/R therapist based in New York. In the past 38+ years, I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families seeking counseling, both inline, online, and in my private and Government practices. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma or emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and other presentations.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma and emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, sexual identity, and other presentations.
My name is Charles A. Weinberg, LCSW/R, FAPA, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/R therapist based in New York. In the past 38+ years, I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families seeking counseling, both inline, online, and in my private and Government practices. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma or emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and other presentations.
(347) 297-5605 View (347) 297-5605
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Asya Graf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I'm accepting adult, teen, and couple clients. Therapy gives us a safe relationship where we can explore our inner world and consider taking new risks in our outer one. To my mind, therapy is the process of talking things over with someone and, together, giving meaning, hope, and clarity to pain, confusion, or stuckness. I endeavor to bring respect and curiosity to our work together. I believe that we each have the wisdom to solve our problems, but our strengths get blocked when we experience trauma, or linger in negative cycles with loved ones. In our work together, I aim to help you reconnect with your innate ability to thrive.
I'm accepting adult, teen, and couple clients. Therapy gives us a safe relationship where we can explore our inner world and consider taking new risks in our outer one. To my mind, therapy is the process of talking things over with someone and, together, giving meaning, hope, and clarity to pain, confusion, or stuckness. I endeavor to bring respect and curiosity to our work together. I believe that we each have the wisdom to solve our problems, but our strengths get blocked when we experience trauma, or linger in negative cycles with loved ones. In our work together, I aim to help you reconnect with your innate ability to thrive.
(646) 859-0498 View (646) 859-0498
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Mariela Romero
LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11220
My name is Mariela Romero, I have experience treating Hispanic adults, children, and families for a decade. I have experienced treating anxiety, depression and providing emotional support during difficult times to children, adolescent and adults. I provide client-focused therapy in an environment that is safe and free of judgment. In my sessions you will find empathetic support, empowerment and validation. My nombre es Maríela Romero, tengo años de experiencia tratando ansiedad, depresión. Ofrezco apoyo emocional a niños, adolescentes y adultos. Soy bilingüe y mi enfoque terapéutico es centrado en el cliente.
My name is Mariela Romero, I have experience treating Hispanic adults, children, and families for a decade. I have experienced treating anxiety, depression and providing emotional support during difficult times to children, adolescent and adults. I provide client-focused therapy in an environment that is safe and free of judgment. In my sessions you will find empathetic support, empowerment and validation. My nombre es Maríela Romero, tengo años de experiencia tratando ansiedad, depresión. Ofrezco apoyo emocional a niños, adolescentes y adultos. Soy bilingüe y mi enfoque terapéutico es centrado en el cliente.
(718) 879-8612 View (718) 879-8612
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Charles Weinberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11230
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma and emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, sexual identity, and other presentations.
My name is Charles A. Weinberg, LCSW/R, FAPA, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/R therapist based in New York. In the past 38+ years, I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families seeking counseling, both inline, online, and in my private and Government practices. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma or emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and other presentations.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma and emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, sexual identity, and other presentations.
My name is Charles A. Weinberg, LCSW/R, FAPA, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/R therapist based in New York. In the past 38+ years, I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families seeking counseling, both inline, online, and in my private and Government practices. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma or emotional abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and other presentations.
(929) 236-1597 View (929) 236-1597
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Dina Larina
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I help children and teens struggling with anxiety and anger, feeling overwhelmed, feeling like they don't fit in and are misunderstood, to feel more confident and connected. Maybe your teen is withdrawn or your child stopped responding to you. Maybe things are stuck and you don't know what to do. Common issues such as academic struggles, peer relationships, family conflict, transitions and changes can cause rifts and tensions. Parents want their children to thrive and be resilient. I have helped children and teens gain emotional resilience and to develop healthier habits an coping mechanisms.
I help children and teens struggling with anxiety and anger, feeling overwhelmed, feeling like they don't fit in and are misunderstood, to feel more confident and connected. Maybe your teen is withdrawn or your child stopped responding to you. Maybe things are stuck and you don't know what to do. Common issues such as academic struggles, peer relationships, family conflict, transitions and changes can cause rifts and tensions. Parents want their children to thrive and be resilient. I have helped children and teens gain emotional resilience and to develop healthier habits an coping mechanisms.
(718) 569-7552 View (718) 569-7552
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Lisa Bellamy
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11218
I am a New York State Licensed Mental Health Therapist with a background in trauma and teen violence. I am passionate about working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and life-transitions in a collaborative way to help to move them towards self-betterment. I tend to integrate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, and strength-based therapy based on client needs. I collaborate with my clients to identify plans and treatment goals to ensure that their true desires are being met throughout therapy.
I am a New York State Licensed Mental Health Therapist with a background in trauma and teen violence. I am passionate about working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and life-transitions in a collaborative way to help to move them towards self-betterment. I tend to integrate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, and strength-based therapy based on client needs. I collaborate with my clients to identify plans and treatment goals to ensure that their true desires are being met throughout therapy.
(518) 896-7607 View (518) 896-7607
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Renard Suggs
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT, DDC, MS
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11236
My unique combination of clinical skills and business acumen allows for the effective treatment of Relationship and Marital Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Adolescent-Parent Problems, Addictions, and Anger Management Difficulties.
Our lives can often become complex stories with dueling realities. I offer individuals, couples, and families a unique opportunity to meaningfully explore their life through the utilization of a collaborative therapeutic approach, in which I am the invited guest and you remain the expert in your life.
My unique combination of clinical skills and business acumen allows for the effective treatment of Relationship and Marital Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Adolescent-Parent Problems, Addictions, and Anger Management Difficulties.
Our lives can often become complex stories with dueling realities. I offer individuals, couples, and families a unique opportunity to meaningfully explore their life through the utilization of a collaborative therapeutic approach, in which I am the invited guest and you remain the expert in your life.
(929) 357-2271 View (929) 357-2271
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Matt L Rohrer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSEd, MA
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Matt has been conducting individual and group therapy since 2017. As a therapist, Matt utilizes psychodynamic, somatic, internal family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help clients develop insight, process trauma, and gain greater agency in their lives. He uses an individualized approach to treat anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship issues. Matt has significant experience working with adolescents, adults, LGBTQIA individuals, artists, and athletes, and has conducted group therapy for men and adolescent boys exploring issues related to masculinity.
Matt has been conducting individual and group therapy since 2017. As a therapist, Matt utilizes psychodynamic, somatic, internal family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help clients develop insight, process trauma, and gain greater agency in their lives. He uses an individualized approach to treat anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship issues. Matt has significant experience working with adolescents, adults, LGBTQIA individuals, artists, and athletes, and has conducted group therapy for men and adolescent boys exploring issues related to masculinity.
(646) 395-9640 View (646) 395-9640
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Nicole Laurain-Byrnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
I am licensed in New York and New Jersey with 15 years post graduate experience. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I work with clients struggling with stress and anxiety, trauma & abuse, relationship issues, child and adolescent problems, high conflict parenting, family conflicts, & the child welfare system. I will tailor our dialoge and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
I am licensed in New York and New Jersey with 15 years post graduate experience. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I work with clients struggling with stress and anxiety, trauma & abuse, relationship issues, child and adolescent problems, high conflict parenting, family conflicts, & the child welfare system. I will tailor our dialoge and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
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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.