The teenage years often bring complex emotional, behavioral, and social challenges. During these difficult years, many teens can struggle to cope with:
Anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem
Social isolation or bullying
Academic stress or learning difficulties
Grief and trauma
Gender or sexual identity questions
Family issues like divorce or conflict
Making independent decisions about college or next steps after high school
Developing their sense of self and purpose
At Relational Psych, we provide a space for teens to unpack their feelings, gain skills, articulate their identity, and set a positive trajectory for their future. Since adolescence can be anywhere between 10 and 25, we think of teen therapy as the transition between childhood and adulthood. It's common for teens to feel a mix of their child-self and their adult-self during these years and we support all parts as they grow.
What is Teen Therapy?
Teen therapy is counseling that provides support for teenagers navigating complex emotional, behavioral, and social issues. It gives teens a judgement-free space to:
Process complex emotions
Manage anxiety, depression or anger
Develop healthy relationships
Work through grief and trauma
Gain insight into their inner world
Process a new diagnosis like ADHD, autism, or health issues
Learn coping strategies and decision-making skills
The Benefits of Therapy for Adolescents
There are so many changes in adolescents' bodies, minds, lives, interests, desires, and priorities during the ages of 13 and 21. Having a therapist to support your teen during these years can be monumental in their development. Some benefits include:
Developing autonomy and self-awareness
Building stress management and communication skills
Finding relief from emotional distress
Exploring identity and values
Improving academic performance
Preventing more serious mental health issues
Strengthening family relationships
Learning to navigate challenging social dynamics
With consistent therapy, teens can gain clarity, feel understood, and make lasting changes.
Our Teen-Focused Therapy Approach
At Relational Psych, we take time to truly understand each teen's unique perspective, emotions, developmental stage, and challenges. Our adolescent therapists use a depth-oriented approach and care deeply about why your teen feels and acts the way the do. In sessions, our therapists actively listen without judgement to what the teen is sharing, both verbally and nonverbally. We ask thoughtful questions to foster self-reflection, yet hold the posture that the adolescent is the expert on their own inner life and we are their partner in the process of growth.
Through this supportive therapeutic relationship, we provide teens with a safe space to:
Share confusing emotions that build up inside like anger, sadness, anxiety, insecurity or loneliness
Unpack experiences with social drama, academic pressures, family conflict, relationships and more
Voice doubts, fears and shame they feel about themselves or their lives
Process painful life events such as grief, trauma, or family changes
Explore their emerging identity, passions, values and goals
Rather than telling teens what to do, our therapists meet them where they are with empathy. We help teens make sense of their feelings and distressing experiences. When appropriate, our therapists also provide parents and guardians with guidance on effectively communicating with and supporting the teen. We take a holistic approach - growth in therapy can flourish further with understanding at home.
If your teen is struggling to cope with challenges, therapy can help provide understanding and clarity. To learn more about our teen therapy services, schedule a free consultation call with our friendly care coordinator, Ally. She'll walk you through the process of getting started and answer any initial questions you might have.
We look forward to supporting your teen's journey toward healing and growth.