Therapists for Teens in Austin, TX

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Jenny Goldstein
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Over the course of my career, I have worked with various populations of child, teen, and adult clients in the mental health field. I can honestly say that I love what I do and have always found a unique way to connect with each client. I believe it is important to view each person who I meet with an intersectional and unbiased lens and to construct a treatment plan and therapy style for each client that is in line with not just their specific mental health needs, but their personality, sense of humor, and personal values.
Over the course of my career, I have worked with various populations of child, teen, and adult clients in the mental health field. I can honestly say that I love what I do and have always found a unique way to connect with each client. I believe it is important to view each person who I meet with an intersectional and unbiased lens and to construct a treatment plan and therapy style for each client that is in line with not just their specific mental health needs, but their personality, sense of humor, and personal values.
(512) 846-9378 View (512) 846-9378
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Anne E Appel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Out in nature, your teen can stay present in the moment Walk and Talk Therapy might be right for if: you are uncomfortable sitting in an office staring at a therapist for an hour; if you would rather be moving than sitting still, or if you enjoy nature.
As a parent, you might have some concerns about your adolescent. They may be having a hard time making and keeping relationships with positive peers. They may be engaging in conflict with you about academics and rules in your home. The may not be able to regulate their negative emotions in a healthy way. Your attempts to provide advice and support may not seem like enough.
Out in nature, your teen can stay present in the moment Walk and Talk Therapy might be right for if: you are uncomfortable sitting in an office staring at a therapist for an hour; if you would rather be moving than sitting still, or if you enjoy nature.
As a parent, you might have some concerns about your adolescent. They may be having a hard time making and keeping relationships with positive peers. They may be engaging in conflict with you about academics and rules in your home. The may not be able to regulate their negative emotions in a healthy way. Your attempts to provide advice and support may not seem like enough.
(737) 252-5855 View (737) 252-5855
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Kiari Williams
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78728  (Online Only)
Whether you’re looking for a therapist for your family, teen, or for yourself, Kiari is here to guide and empower you toward greater wellbeing.
Kiari invites youth, young adults and families to take the next step in their healing journey. As an inclusive therapist, she recognizes the wear and tear that societal inequities, family dysfunction, and trauma have had on your mind and body. As you work together, you'll explore how your past informs your present, considering cycles and patterns that have kept you feeling stuck. Kiari specializes in depression, emotion regulation, family conflict, life transitions, trauma and racial/gender issues.
Whether you’re looking for a therapist for your family, teen, or for yourself, Kiari is here to guide and empower you toward greater wellbeing.
Kiari invites youth, young adults and families to take the next step in their healing journey. As an inclusive therapist, she recognizes the wear and tear that societal inequities, family dysfunction, and trauma have had on your mind and body. As you work together, you'll explore how your past informs your present, considering cycles and patterns that have kept you feeling stuck. Kiari specializes in depression, emotion regulation, family conflict, life transitions, trauma and racial/gender issues.
(737) 302-5254 View (737) 302-5254
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Tina Strarup
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78723  (Online Only)
Cognitive, Behavioral, Self-Relations SERVICES · Adolescent/Adult · Employment · Parenting · Addictions · Depression · Family · PTSD · Anxiety/Panic · Gay/Lesbian MEMBERSHIP: American Counseling Association .
Counseling is a trusting relationship where someone is actively seeking help from a professional who is willing to help. My goal is to explore my client's needs for therapy. From there, I will try to find out what they might expect from therapy such as developing the mental/emotional strength necessary to relate well with others, making decisions about relationship or career issues, reducing anxiety, improving self-esteem, or decreasing depressive symptoms that make their day difficult. I will be honest and understanding. It is my hope that each and everyone finds happiness, peace, and hope.
Cognitive, Behavioral, Self-Relations SERVICES · Adolescent/Adult · Employment · Parenting · Addictions · Depression · Family · PTSD · Anxiety/Panic · Gay/Lesbian MEMBERSHIP: American Counseling Association .
Counseling is a trusting relationship where someone is actively seeking help from a professional who is willing to help. My goal is to explore my client's needs for therapy. From there, I will try to find out what they might expect from therapy such as developing the mental/emotional strength necessary to relate well with others, making decisions about relationship or career issues, reducing anxiety, improving self-esteem, or decreasing depressive symptoms that make their day difficult. I will be honest and understanding. It is my hope that each and everyone finds happiness, peace, and hope.
(512) 523-5644 View (512) 523-5644
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Sarah Behrens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78750
I will collaborate with you or your teen in order to identify goals and actively work on them while we work together.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. So who do you ultimately want to be? What is going on in your life to cause stress or strife? What can we change or take out to improve things? Are you communicating effectively with your adolescent or loved ones? Life can throw many different obstacles that cause stress, anxiety, depression, and a breakdown of relationships. One of the hardest relationships for parents or caregivers can be the one with their teenager. As a marriage and family therapist I take a look at your entire life and not just the person itself to facilitate change.
I will collaborate with you or your teen in order to identify goals and actively work on them while we work together.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. So who do you ultimately want to be? What is going on in your life to cause stress or strife? What can we change or take out to improve things? Are you communicating effectively with your adolescent or loved ones? Life can throw many different obstacles that cause stress, anxiety, depression, and a breakdown of relationships. One of the hardest relationships for parents or caregivers can be the one with their teenager. As a marriage and family therapist I take a look at your entire life and not just the person itself to facilitate change.
(512) 213-6483 View (512) 213-6483
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Tanya Ault-Hayslip
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, MA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Over the course of my career, I have experience working with children, adolescents/ teen, individuals and families on many different issues and diagnosis.
Hey, I’m Tanya (she/her/hers). I graduated from Texas A&M in 2004 with a BS in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth where I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a MA in Family and Marriage Counseling and a MA in Christian Education. Following graduation in 2007 I have been doing therapy and case management. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)-practitioner. I have a passion for helping individuals and walking alongside them so they can become the person they have always wanted to be.
Over the course of my career, I have experience working with children, adolescents/ teen, individuals and families on many different issues and diagnosis.
Hey, I’m Tanya (she/her/hers). I graduated from Texas A&M in 2004 with a BS in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth where I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a MA in Family and Marriage Counseling and a MA in Christian Education. Following graduation in 2007 I have been doing therapy and case management. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)-practitioner. I have a passion for helping individuals and walking alongside them so they can become the person they have always wanted to be.
(512) 388-4660 View (512) 388-4660
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Leslie Woodworth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I worked in a child and adolescent psychiatric facility for 8 years.
I have a loving, direct approach with clear communication, a relaxed, non-judgmental style creating ease in therapy, and an intuitive ability to connect and help others re-connect. I love working with people who seek to deepen themselves and have more intimate connection with their loved ones, whether that's a child, spouse, parent or other relationship. I want to know who you are, and am here to listen and to be with you exactly where you are in this process. I am here to meet you. Come. Let's explore together.
I worked in a child and adolescent psychiatric facility for 8 years.
I have a loving, direct approach with clear communication, a relaxed, non-judgmental style creating ease in therapy, and an intuitive ability to connect and help others re-connect. I love working with people who seek to deepen themselves and have more intimate connection with their loved ones, whether that's a child, spouse, parent or other relationship. I want to know who you are, and am here to listen and to be with you exactly where you are in this process. I am here to meet you. Come. Let's explore together.
(857) 254-9363 View (857) 254-9363
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Kathleen Adams
Psychologist, PhD, CGP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
A clinical child psychologist, I love working with pre-teen, adolescent and college-age girls who are struggling to establish a sense of self.
Pain exists to make us pay attention. Trying desperately not to hurt, we compromise our integrity, our hearts and our sense of self, on some misguided mission to be invulnerable, to please, to care-take, or just to belong...Somewhere along the way, our vision of ourselves loses focus. Therapy can help create a new template for living. Research shows us that the brain can actually re-wire itself in the context of a secure relationship, developing new capacities for self-soothing, obtaining perspective, and being intimate. I believe that all suffering bears embedded gifts, if we look hard enough.
A clinical child psychologist, I love working with pre-teen, adolescent and college-age girls who are struggling to establish a sense of self.
Pain exists to make us pay attention. Trying desperately not to hurt, we compromise our integrity, our hearts and our sense of self, on some misguided mission to be invulnerable, to please, to care-take, or just to belong...Somewhere along the way, our vision of ourselves loses focus. Therapy can help create a new template for living. Research shows us that the brain can actually re-wire itself in the context of a secure relationship, developing new capacities for self-soothing, obtaining perspective, and being intimate. I believe that all suffering bears embedded gifts, if we look hard enough.
(361) 596-3981 View (361) 596-3981
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Christian D Pimentel
LPC Intern, LPC-A, MATS
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
As a youth and family pastor for the last 17 years, I have been so blessed to stand with teens and families through both joyful and difficult times and have seen first hand how difficult it is to be or raise a teenager in today’s world. The desire to help teens, young adults, and parents navigate these tough times, and the earnest belief that hope can be found in even the darkest of times is what led me to counseling. Whether you have a desire for personal insight, a more peaceful home life, or a stronger relationship, I would love to sit with you to see if we can figure out a path forward.
As a youth and family pastor for the last 17 years, I have been so blessed to stand with teens and families through both joyful and difficult times and have seen first hand how difficult it is to be or raise a teenager in today’s world. The desire to help teens, young adults, and parents navigate these tough times, and the earnest belief that hope can be found in even the darkest of times is what led me to counseling. Whether you have a desire for personal insight, a more peaceful home life, or a stronger relationship, I would love to sit with you to see if we can figure out a path forward.
(512) 982-4065 View (512) 982-4065
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Maria Monte
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
My name is Maria Monte and I am a Spanish-speaking licensed professional counselor offering online therapy to children and adults. I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include trauma, PTSD, child and adolescent therapy, grief counseling, anxiety, and depression.
My name is Maria Monte and I am a Spanish-speaking licensed professional counselor offering online therapy to children and adults. I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include trauma, PTSD, child and adolescent therapy, grief counseling, anxiety, and depression.
(346) 553-1775 View (346) 553-1775
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Jonathan F Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, LCMHC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I receive consistent feedback that I understand peoples' perspectives with compassion and competence, whether it is a couple dealing with conflict, or a teenager struggling to get their parents to understand how they feel.
People who are ready to dig in and make changes that improve their lives are successful in my practice. Because our sessions are two-way conversations, we find the insights and solutions that fit your unique personality and circumstances. I am not a cookie-cutter therapist; I provide clear, concise feedback to help you efficiently meet your therapeutic goals. My conversational style is relaxed and interactive. Blending humor, science, and intuition, I help people feel at ease whether it is in my office or virtual.
I receive consistent feedback that I understand peoples' perspectives with compassion and competence, whether it is a couple dealing with conflict, or a teenager struggling to get their parents to understand how they feel.
People who are ready to dig in and make changes that improve their lives are successful in my practice. Because our sessions are two-way conversations, we find the insights and solutions that fit your unique personality and circumstances. I am not a cookie-cutter therapist; I provide clear, concise feedback to help you efficiently meet your therapeutic goals. My conversational style is relaxed and interactive. Blending humor, science, and intuition, I help people feel at ease whether it is in my office or virtual.
(512) 771-7621 View (512) 771-7621
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Jason Shestok
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
My clinical experience and training includes community mental health, school-based therapy and psychological testing/academic assessment, child/adolescent inpatient/residential care evaluations and psychotherapy, and private agency practice.
I consider my role as psychologist as one who strives to focus on the personal strengths, abilities, and vulnerabilities of a person through empathic support and optimism for positive change. To create a safe place where immediate issues, or chronic problems and patterns, can be identified and explored. To appreciate the whole person as a means to make sense of their experiences and behaviors.
My clinical experience and training includes community mental health, school-based therapy and psychological testing/academic assessment, child/adolescent inpatient/residential care evaluations and psychotherapy, and private agency practice.
I consider my role as psychologist as one who strives to focus on the personal strengths, abilities, and vulnerabilities of a person through empathic support and optimism for positive change. To create a safe place where immediate issues, or chronic problems and patterns, can be identified and explored. To appreciate the whole person as a means to make sense of their experiences and behaviors.
(512) 998-9806 View (512) 998-9806
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Kara A Bell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78722  (Online Only)
Being a teenager can be challenging, especially during a pandemic. Being isolated from friends, spending more time at home and going back to school are just a few stressors. I have learned through my own personal experiences, what it looks like to listen to a persons issues, needs and goals. I have experience both in my professional career as well as through my own mental health journey what it means to be a person who actively listens. I understand there are times when insight is needed but there is also value in having someone simply listen.
Being a teenager can be challenging, especially during a pandemic. Being isolated from friends, spending more time at home and going back to school are just a few stressors. I have learned through my own personal experiences, what it looks like to listen to a persons issues, needs and goals. I have experience both in my professional career as well as through my own mental health journey what it means to be a person who actively listens. I understand there are times when insight is needed but there is also value in having someone simply listen.
(737) 202-9225 View (737) 202-9225
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Christian Herrera
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
You’re looking for the right therapist to help. You’re overwhelmed and exhausted. The worries, what-ifs, and wonderings are just too much to handle. You’re sick of the tears, tantrums, and terrible nights. You wish this anxiety would just leave you alone. Sometimes you think that these fears are normal, but recently school is getting harder, friendships are falling apart, and life at home is so stressful you could cry. You want to find someone who can help you, your child, or your teen to gain the confidence and flexibility to get life back on track. You might even be wondering if a diagnosis such as ADHD, ASD, or OCD fits you.
You’re looking for the right therapist to help. You’re overwhelmed and exhausted. The worries, what-ifs, and wonderings are just too much to handle. You’re sick of the tears, tantrums, and terrible nights. You wish this anxiety would just leave you alone. Sometimes you think that these fears are normal, but recently school is getting harder, friendships are falling apart, and life at home is so stressful you could cry. You want to find someone who can help you, your child, or your teen to gain the confidence and flexibility to get life back on track. You might even be wondering if a diagnosis such as ADHD, ASD, or OCD fits you.
(512) 361-4461 View (512) 361-4461
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The Well Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, LCPC, TBRI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
The Well is a professional mental health practice with a team of clinicians serving Texas. We sincerely believe there is hope for all who are willing to seek help, no matter what their situation. With an integrated approach, using psychological proven techniques and skills from a Christian foundation, we draw from a variety of methodologies to incorporate what is most helpful for each individual. We tailor our skills and therapeutic interventions to meet our individual client’s with love and understanding. Sascha is a advanced clinical supervising specialist for teen, child, marital, and online therapy.
The Well is a professional mental health practice with a team of clinicians serving Texas. We sincerely believe there is hope for all who are willing to seek help, no matter what their situation. With an integrated approach, using psychological proven techniques and skills from a Christian foundation, we draw from a variety of methodologies to incorporate what is most helpful for each individual. We tailor our skills and therapeutic interventions to meet our individual client’s with love and understanding. Sascha is a advanced clinical supervising specialist for teen, child, marital, and online therapy.
(469) 290-0502 View (469) 290-0502
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Austin Hudson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704
So, whether you are a single adult, a couple, a family, or a single teen, I am always cognizant that what you likely need the most is a non-judgmental, warm, and listening ear.
As a therapist specializing in teens, I've found the most impactful thing I can be is a non-judgmental, encouraging, and authentic voice. Teens need validation and a warm and caring adult who will work to understand the difficulties they experience. In my time providing these services, I've realized that we never grow out of needing these qualities. In other words, my work with teens has guided me to approach my work with adults in a more holistic and compassionate fashion.
So, whether you are a single adult, a couple, a family, or a single teen, I am always cognizant that what you likely need the most is a non-judgmental, warm, and listening ear.
As a therapist specializing in teens, I've found the most impactful thing I can be is a non-judgmental, encouraging, and authentic voice. Teens need validation and a warm and caring adult who will work to understand the difficulties they experience. In my time providing these services, I've realized that we never grow out of needing these qualities. In other words, my work with teens has guided me to approach my work with adults in a more holistic and compassionate fashion.
(512) 559-8879 View (512) 559-8879
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Patrick Turbiville
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping folks understand the effects of their childhood and adolescent relationships on experiences in adulthood.
Therapy is a space for exploring problems in relation to personal history, relationships, and social, cultural, and environmental contexts. Together, we can develop insight about things that can be changed and skills to cope with things that cannot. I hope to become your partner in discovering meaning in daily life and your personal answers to life's existential uncertainties. I believe the most important ingredient in therapy is a relationship based on respect, authenticity, empathy, and humor. I appreciate every person's unique identity, culture, and experiences, and I hope to realize the distinct value of your perspective.
I specialize in helping folks understand the effects of their childhood and adolescent relationships on experiences in adulthood.
Therapy is a space for exploring problems in relation to personal history, relationships, and social, cultural, and environmental contexts. Together, we can develop insight about things that can be changed and skills to cope with things that cannot. I hope to become your partner in discovering meaning in daily life and your personal answers to life's existential uncertainties. I believe the most important ingredient in therapy is a relationship based on respect, authenticity, empathy, and humor. I appreciate every person's unique identity, culture, and experiences, and I hope to realize the distinct value of your perspective.
(512) 456-9899 View (512) 456-9899
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Shayna Torres
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** One thing that you will quickly learn about me is my passion for people. I strive to care for others no matter the journey they are on. I value the story that each individual holds and have a curiosity about life and people that benefits me well when working with clients. My expertise is working with teenagers, young adults, and families. The teen and young adult years consists of a lot of change, growth, and sometimes turmoil. I find it essential and necessary for young people to be able to work through and process this life stage in a safe and trusting environment.
**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** One thing that you will quickly learn about me is my passion for people. I strive to care for others no matter the journey they are on. I value the story that each individual holds and have a curiosity about life and people that benefits me well when working with clients. My expertise is working with teenagers, young adults, and families. The teen and young adult years consists of a lot of change, growth, and sometimes turmoil. I find it essential and necessary for young people to be able to work through and process this life stage in a safe and trusting environment.
(512) 229-9272 View (512) 229-9272
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Mike Downing, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704
Worked in residential treatment centers, private psychiatric hospitals, out-patient counseling, foster and adoption care, and adolescent and adult chemical dependence programs.
My areas of focus are: traumatic experiences and PTSD, adoption & foster care, couple & family life challenges, Depression, drug and alcohol problems, LGBT youth and families, ADHD, parenting enhancement, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, adolescent issues, subtle neuropsychological issues, Mood Disorders, youth and the criminal justice system, and CPS involvement with families. In April of 2017, I was honored with the Heart of the Home award for my career working with the abused children of Texas.
Worked in residential treatment centers, private psychiatric hospitals, out-patient counseling, foster and adoption care, and adolescent and adult chemical dependence programs.
My areas of focus are: traumatic experiences and PTSD, adoption & foster care, couple & family life challenges, Depression, drug and alcohol problems, LGBT youth and families, ADHD, parenting enhancement, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, adolescent issues, subtle neuropsychological issues, Mood Disorders, youth and the criminal justice system, and CPS involvement with families. In April of 2017, I was honored with the Heart of the Home award for my career working with the abused children of Texas.
(512) 666-3958 View (512) 666-3958
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Natalia Mirkowicz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I also help parents connect with their teen.
Maybe asking for help isn’t natural for you, you’d rather figure it out on your own. Or you’ve felt misunderstood and letting someone in is a big risk. You've been told you are "too" sensitive and it feels like you experience life differently from everyone around you. Do you bounce between numb and overwhelmed? You're the type to work hard, hold yourself to a high standard, and yet don’t feel confident that you’re doing enough. Perhaps you identify as neurodivergent (ADHD, gifted, Highly Sensitive, twice exceptional) or suspect that you may be?
I also help parents connect with their teen.
Maybe asking for help isn’t natural for you, you’d rather figure it out on your own. Or you’ve felt misunderstood and letting someone in is a big risk. You've been told you are "too" sensitive and it feels like you experience life differently from everyone around you. Do you bounce between numb and overwhelmed? You're the type to work hard, hold yourself to a high standard, and yet don’t feel confident that you’re doing enough. Perhaps you identify as neurodivergent (ADHD, gifted, Highly Sensitive, twice exceptional) or suspect that you may be?
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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.