Therapists for Teens in Seattle, WA

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Eric Woodward
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
I am here to listen and help you find healing whether you are struggling with self confidence, negative self beliefs, anxiety, depression, trauma or trauma related stressors, conflict, identity formation, and other issues rooted in child and adolescent development. Rather than judging yourself and feeling you should be or do something different, we will seek to understand the original purpose of the thoughts, beliefs and behaviors with self compassion to better engage the world around you today.
I am here to listen and help you find healing whether you are struggling with self confidence, negative self beliefs, anxiety, depression, trauma or trauma related stressors, conflict, identity formation, and other issues rooted in child and adolescent development. Rather than judging yourself and feeling you should be or do something different, we will seek to understand the original purpose of the thoughts, beliefs and behaviors with self compassion to better engage the world around you today.
(206) 312-5745 View (206) 312-5745
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David Carlile
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CSWA, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I specialize in certain areas such as child and adolescent therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, addiction therapy, eating disorder therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and many more.
My ideal client is a person looking to improve their communication and mental health. They may have issues with accurately understanding and responding to other people, engaging with other people, or effectively analyzing and utilizing language commuinicaton skills. Their needs include efficient and accurate mental health, as well as the ability to integrate their coping skills capabilities into their existing systems and workflows. Their goals include improved satisfaction, increased productivity and efficiency, and the ability to make decisions. They want a reliable therapist to help empower them to grow.
As a therapist, I specialize in certain areas such as child and adolescent therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, addiction therapy, eating disorder therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and many more.
My ideal client is a person looking to improve their communication and mental health. They may have issues with accurately understanding and responding to other people, engaging with other people, or effectively analyzing and utilizing language commuinicaton skills. Their needs include efficient and accurate mental health, as well as the ability to integrate their coping skills capabilities into their existing systems and workflows. Their goals include improved satisfaction, increased productivity and efficiency, and the ability to make decisions. They want a reliable therapist to help empower them to grow.
(360) 774-4229 View (360) 774-4229
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Brave Heart Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, ACM-SW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98116
Waitlist for new clients
Over the past 12 years I have worked in various settings, including: outpatient therapy, adolescent residential treatment, Trauma ICU, Hospice, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric ED, Labor and Delivery, and NICU.
I believe you know yourself best, but may need to make time and space to reconnect with you. I apply an integrative, holistic approach that examines each person's experience while taking into account the context in which they exist. The foundation of my work is establishing a brave space of safety and trust, while embracing compassion, empathy, non-judgment and openness.
Over the past 12 years I have worked in various settings, including: outpatient therapy, adolescent residential treatment, Trauma ICU, Hospice, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric ED, Labor and Delivery, and NICU.
I believe you know yourself best, but may need to make time and space to reconnect with you. I apply an integrative, holistic approach that examines each person's experience while taking into account the context in which they exist. The foundation of my work is establishing a brave space of safety and trust, while embracing compassion, empathy, non-judgment and openness.
(253) 893-6186 View (253) 893-6186
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Ian K Hagemann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
I work with adolescent and adult individuals, couples, and polycules.
I work with adolescent and adult individuals, couples, and polycules.
(206) 488-1720 View (206) 488-1720
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Elizabeth Hawkins
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98136  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have a small private therapy and coaching practice. Some of my clinical areas of specialization include anxiety disorders, child/adolescent development, parenting, relationships, and food allergies. I often work with individuals who are highly sensitive, gifted, and/or high-performing. I will work collaboratively and compassionately with you to identify unhelpful patterns and develop new skills aimed at building a fuller and more meaningful life.
I have a small private therapy and coaching practice. Some of my clinical areas of specialization include anxiety disorders, child/adolescent development, parenting, relationships, and food allergies. I often work with individuals who are highly sensitive, gifted, and/or high-performing. I will work collaboratively and compassionately with you to identify unhelpful patterns and develop new skills aimed at building a fuller and more meaningful life.
(206) 312-7913 View (206) 312-7913
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Mariette Guidry
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
As a Child & Family Therapist, I help your child or teen navigate through important life challenges. I strive to create a safe space where children can feel comfortable and understood, making it easier for them to engage with therapy in a beneficial way.
As a Child & Family Therapist, I help your child or teen navigate through important life challenges. I strive to create a safe space where children can feel comfortable and understood, making it easier for them to engage with therapy in a beneficial way.
(206) 759-2439 View (206) 759-2439
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Garrett A. Gilchrist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98133
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child, Adolescent, and Family treatment from Seattle Pacific University (2008) and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University (2001). I have been a Licensed Psychologist in WA since 2010, and I am paneled with most insurance carriers. I have practiced in a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, public school systems, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and mental health agencies. I view my primary role as providing a safe and contained environment where individuals can gain stability, increase insights into themselves, and develop more positive coping strategies.
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child, Adolescent, and Family treatment from Seattle Pacific University (2008) and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University (2001). I have been a Licensed Psychologist in WA since 2010, and I am paneled with most insurance carriers. I have practiced in a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, public school systems, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and mental health agencies. I view my primary role as providing a safe and contained environment where individuals can gain stability, increase insights into themselves, and develop more positive coping strategies.
(206) 823-1149 View (206) 823-1149
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Anya Kirshbaum
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Waitlist for new clients
I offer skillful therapy with warmth, gentleness, humor, and an interactive, down to earth style. My therapeutic approach blends more traditional psychodynamic work with body-oriented psychotherapy, mindfulness practices, and the development of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. I work with adolescent and adult individuals, couples, and groups. This work is about igniting what works, what is strong and beautiful in us, as much as it is about resolving old hurt and compassionately holding the difficulties of life. Therapy can facilitate powerful shifts creating greater room for happiness, authenticity and a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.
I offer skillful therapy with warmth, gentleness, humor, and an interactive, down to earth style. My therapeutic approach blends more traditional psychodynamic work with body-oriented psychotherapy, mindfulness practices, and the development of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. I work with adolescent and adult individuals, couples, and groups. This work is about igniting what works, what is strong and beautiful in us, as much as it is about resolving old hurt and compassionately holding the difficulties of life. Therapy can facilitate powerful shifts creating greater room for happiness, authenticity and a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.
(206) 855-3673 View (206) 855-3673
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Meghan Kaloper
Counselor, MEd, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98177
If you are interested in learning more about positive discipline parent coaching in addition to therapy for your child or teen, please let me know!.
My name is Meghan and I am here to partner with you on the journey of becoming your true self. We all have challenges in life, it's what we do with those challenges that makes us stumble or grow. Having a supportive guide along the way can make all the difference- this is my goal in working with you. Together we can create a path towards greater connection and fulfillment. I have worked with children, teens, young adults, adults, and families since 2007, assisting with family transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, identity formation, and much more.
If you are interested in learning more about positive discipline parent coaching in addition to therapy for your child or teen, please let me know!.
My name is Meghan and I am here to partner with you on the journey of becoming your true self. We all have challenges in life, it's what we do with those challenges that makes us stumble or grow. Having a supportive guide along the way can make all the difference- this is my goal in working with you. Together we can create a path towards greater connection and fulfillment. I have worked with children, teens, young adults, adults, and families since 2007, assisting with family transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, identity formation, and much more.
(206) 279-0966 View (206) 279-0966
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Jessica Morgan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
Jessica Morgan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington who has been practicing since 2000. She performed her Graduate Education at Yale Medical School, her Post Graduate Training at Harvard Psychiatry Training Program and continued her Professional Education with a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Jessica operates from a Person-Centered perspective and believes that people are experts on their own lives. She works alongside her clients to support and guide them as they explore and overcome the obstacles hindering their functioning and preventing them from feeling their best.
Jessica Morgan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington who has been practicing since 2000. She performed her Graduate Education at Yale Medical School, her Post Graduate Training at Harvard Psychiatry Training Program and continued her Professional Education with a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Jessica operates from a Person-Centered perspective and believes that people are experts on their own lives. She works alongside her clients to support and guide them as they explore and overcome the obstacles hindering their functioning and preventing them from feeling their best.
(206) 672-9654 View (206) 672-9654
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Sophia Eden Therapy
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
If you are a parent looking for a therapist for your teen, hi! I love working with teens and hope that my relatable style allows them to feel heard and understood.
I understand how frustrating and powerless it can feel to be trapped in our own mind. It feels like someone is in the driver seat and we are merely a passenger, along for the ride. This might look like overthinking before going into social situations, negative self talk or entering into relationships because we crave a sense of safety. This is just the mind trying to keep us safe. My goal for all my clients is to get a point where we are able to understand why we might feel that way, and still do the thing that scares us. Our mind will create a million narratives to keep us safe, and they might not all be true.
If you are a parent looking for a therapist for your teen, hi! I love working with teens and hope that my relatable style allows them to feel heard and understood.
I understand how frustrating and powerless it can feel to be trapped in our own mind. It feels like someone is in the driver seat and we are merely a passenger, along for the ride. This might look like overthinking before going into social situations, negative self talk or entering into relationships because we crave a sense of safety. This is just the mind trying to keep us safe. My goal for all my clients is to get a point where we are able to understand why we might feel that way, and still do the thing that scares us. Our mind will create a million narratives to keep us safe, and they might not all be true.
(425) 358-2868 View (425) 358-2868
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Lori A Hiltz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I believe in the potential of all people to live satisfying and healthy lives and enjoy helping people reach their individual goals. In my work I join with clients in a safe and collaborative way working to explore, understand and resolve the challenges related to their identified goals. I work with people dealing with a variety of emotional and personal difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship or work conflicts, personality disorders, trauma or abuse histories, parenting, adolescent issues, grief, reproductive issues, self esteem issues and other general disruptions to social, work or relationship functioning.
I believe in the potential of all people to live satisfying and healthy lives and enjoy helping people reach their individual goals. In my work I join with clients in a safe and collaborative way working to explore, understand and resolve the challenges related to their identified goals. I work with people dealing with a variety of emotional and personal difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship or work conflicts, personality disorders, trauma or abuse histories, parenting, adolescent issues, grief, reproductive issues, self esteem issues and other general disruptions to social, work or relationship functioning.
(253) 200-9855 View (253) 200-9855
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Will Vitale
Counselor, LMHC, MA, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I work with young adults in their 20s and 30s who are navigating the transitions and tasks of early adulthood such as moves, breakups, career issues, and processing past traumas; teens dealing with the pressures of highschool; and parents who want to decrease conflict and improve their relationships with their kids. I also help people process past experiences of living in residential treatment settings, especially "troubled teen industry" survivors. While not all of my clients have ADHD, I specialize in working with both adults and youth who are diagnosed with ADHD.
I work with young adults in their 20s and 30s who are navigating the transitions and tasks of early adulthood such as moves, breakups, career issues, and processing past traumas; teens dealing with the pressures of highschool; and parents who want to decrease conflict and improve their relationships with their kids. I also help people process past experiences of living in residential treatment settings, especially "troubled teen industry" survivors. While not all of my clients have ADHD, I specialize in working with both adults and youth who are diagnosed with ADHD.
(206) 825-5669 View (206) 825-5669
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James E Bederaux-Cayne
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98116
In addition, I have specialized interest, training, and experience in child and adolescent therapy, early childhood mental health issues, marriage & family therapy, complex grief, disaster & PTSD counseling, mediation & high conflict family problems.
I will actively use my training and experience to help you meet your needs & goals. Successful treatment is a direct result of mutual efforts, honesty, respect, and collaboration. Life is full of transitions. Many transitions require skill to navigate. Some happen easily and others require thought, planning and occasionally outside help. I regularly help people manage depression, anxiety, life & work transitions, relationship problems, the processing of and recovery from trauma, and developmental issues throughout the lifespan.
In addition, I have specialized interest, training, and experience in child and adolescent therapy, early childhood mental health issues, marriage & family therapy, complex grief, disaster & PTSD counseling, mediation & high conflict family problems.
I will actively use my training and experience to help you meet your needs & goals. Successful treatment is a direct result of mutual efforts, honesty, respect, and collaboration. Life is full of transitions. Many transitions require skill to navigate. Some happen easily and others require thought, planning and occasionally outside help. I regularly help people manage depression, anxiety, life & work transitions, relationship problems, the processing of and recovery from trauma, and developmental issues throughout the lifespan.
(253) 220-6158 View (253) 220-6158
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Christy Forrester
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
I specialize in couples and individuals with concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, PTSD, grief, loss, miscarriage, food/body issues, anger, self-harm, mood disorders, life transitions, relationship issues, sex life, teen issues, parenting, domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault.
Are you wishing for better relationships? Feeling anxious, down, lost, or wondering about the meaning of life? Would you like to feel more confident? Hoping to heal after trauma? Going through loss or life transition? We need lots of self-compassion so we can heal and find a better approach to our lives and relationships. I offer a non-judgmental space to be open about your struggles and explore what it means to live in your values. It is through our common humanity that I relate to my clients. I believe the struggles we face also occur in the systems of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, religion, and national identity.
I specialize in couples and individuals with concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, PTSD, grief, loss, miscarriage, food/body issues, anger, self-harm, mood disorders, life transitions, relationship issues, sex life, teen issues, parenting, domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault.
Are you wishing for better relationships? Feeling anxious, down, lost, or wondering about the meaning of life? Would you like to feel more confident? Hoping to heal after trauma? Going through loss or life transition? We need lots of self-compassion so we can heal and find a better approach to our lives and relationships. I offer a non-judgmental space to be open about your struggles and explore what it means to live in your values. It is through our common humanity that I relate to my clients. I believe the struggles we face also occur in the systems of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, religion, and national identity.
(206) 207-6684 View (206) 207-6684
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Madeline Kilpatrick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
I am available through telehealth and see adolescent, teen and adult clients between 7am and 7pm Monday through Wednesday and 7am to 12pm on Thursday.
In my therapeutic practice I seek to motivate clients to build the brain they want rather than feeling stuck with the one they have. By harnessing the power of cognitive restructuring, we can excel at tackling complex issues like dealing with stress, managing emotions, changing habits, controlling impulses and navigating complicated relationships in the same way that we would get better at any other skill; through dedication and practice! I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques and skills to help clients set and achieve their own therapeutic goals and try to instil a sense of hopefulness and resolve in every session.
I am available through telehealth and see adolescent, teen and adult clients between 7am and 7pm Monday through Wednesday and 7am to 12pm on Thursday.
In my therapeutic practice I seek to motivate clients to build the brain they want rather than feeling stuck with the one they have. By harnessing the power of cognitive restructuring, we can excel at tackling complex issues like dealing with stress, managing emotions, changing habits, controlling impulses and navigating complicated relationships in the same way that we would get better at any other skill; through dedication and practice! I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques and skills to help clients set and achieve their own therapeutic goals and try to instil a sense of hopefulness and resolve in every session.
(425) 598-0503 View (425) 598-0503
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Lisa Gormley-Leinster
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CDBT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
My areas of focus and training are: Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma & PTSD, Adolescent Mental Health, New Parent Struggles, Divorce & Infidelity; Identity & Sexuality issues, and Couples Therapy.
Therapy is a journey towards self-discovery, empowerment, and balance. However, life can be stressful with unexpected changes, relationship struggles, grief and loss, life transitions, sexual identity issues, social struggles, and current or previous trauma disrupting your day-to-day functioning. This often creates an out-of-control feeling with your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors. My approach to therapy is based on a collaborative relationship that offers safety, support, acceptance, and promotes trust so that you are able to make the right changes in your life that make sense for you.
My areas of focus and training are: Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma & PTSD, Adolescent Mental Health, New Parent Struggles, Divorce & Infidelity; Identity & Sexuality issues, and Couples Therapy.
Therapy is a journey towards self-discovery, empowerment, and balance. However, life can be stressful with unexpected changes, relationship struggles, grief and loss, life transitions, sexual identity issues, social struggles, and current or previous trauma disrupting your day-to-day functioning. This often creates an out-of-control feeling with your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors. My approach to therapy is based on a collaborative relationship that offers safety, support, acceptance, and promotes trust so that you are able to make the right changes in your life that make sense for you.
(206) 429-4204 View (206) 429-4204
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Sarah Pompa
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Do frequent arguments, conflict, or a lack of connection have you questioning your relationships? Are you or your teen struggling with inattentiveness in your work or at school, missing classes, or getting poor grades? Or maybe you just don't feel like yourself anymore and are questioning where you fit in. Let’s face it, life can be challenging and confusing. We go about our days, sometimes just struggling to get through it, and don’t have someone to talk to because we don’t want to feel like a burden. It’s time to prioritize yourself and embark on this journey towards gaining your life back.
Do frequent arguments, conflict, or a lack of connection have you questioning your relationships? Are you or your teen struggling with inattentiveness in your work or at school, missing classes, or getting poor grades? Or maybe you just don't feel like yourself anymore and are questioning where you fit in. Let’s face it, life can be challenging and confusing. We go about our days, sometimes just struggling to get through it, and don’t have someone to talk to because we don’t want to feel like a burden. It’s time to prioritize yourself and embark on this journey towards gaining your life back.
(206) 202-6271 x1 View (206) 202-6271 x1
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Jen John
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMCHA, MEd
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
I work with individuals (5+) of all genders and identities experiencing anxiety and/or in a time of transition. I enjoy working with college-age individuals blending the space between teenager and adulthood; individuals in their 20's figuring out their dating goals, navigating the dating scene and their careers; parents helping their children (3+) develop autonomy and secure attachments. Building relationships is a foundational piece of our work together and I work to meet you where you are.
I work with individuals (5+) of all genders and identities experiencing anxiety and/or in a time of transition. I enjoy working with college-age individuals blending the space between teenager and adulthood; individuals in their 20's figuring out their dating goals, navigating the dating scene and their careers; parents helping their children (3+) develop autonomy and secure attachments. Building relationships is a foundational piece of our work together and I work to meet you where you are.
(206) 222-3439 View (206) 222-3439
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Ashley Kortman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
Usually, people seek therapy during their most vulnerable states. As a therapist, I view it as a true honor to be a part of your life in these times, whatever it may be. I hope to help you receive healing during your therapy journey. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or for your teen or child, I genuinely believe in the possibilities and resiliency of all my clients. I enjoy working with a diverse population of people including children, teens, families, and adults. Additionally, I am passionate about helping people in the perinatal stage and those seeking healing from traumatic events.
Usually, people seek therapy during their most vulnerable states. As a therapist, I view it as a true honor to be a part of your life in these times, whatever it may be. I hope to help you receive healing during your therapy journey. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or for your teen or child, I genuinely believe in the possibilities and resiliency of all my clients. I enjoy working with a diverse population of people including children, teens, families, and adults. Additionally, I am passionate about helping people in the perinatal stage and those seeking healing from traumatic events.
(206) 429-8523 View (206) 429-8523
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.