Teens and Families


Individual therapy for teens


I’ve been working directly with teens for nearly twenty years. I incorporate many tools, skills and approaches that help them engage into therapy and have a positive experience. Because many teens are reluctant to come and participate, my first goal is to build rapport with them through empathy and relating to their interests.

I also find that it’s extremely important to diagnose the entire problem and create a tailor made approach for each and every case. I look at all the contributing factors and create success through getting to the root of the problem. It’s important to focus on the root causes while also treating some of the most distressing symptoms.


Rubber Meeting the Road

Talking about emotions can be helpful but has limited effectiveness. Teens need to learn tools and skills that work for addressing problems and issues both externally and internally. They can quickly learn different strategies for managing their emotions. The great thing about teens is that they can change quickly and get results in a short amount of time. They can also learn new strategies for dealing with problems and issues around them, in their family and their social group. Each teen that I work with learns new tools and leaves with an idea of what they should do different in order to get more of the results that they want. My number one goal is results and work hard to bring them to my clients.

I am experienced with most teen issues. I have nearly every issue and proficient in the following:

  • Anxiety, depression and mood disorders
  • Drug use and addiction
  • Anger problems
  • Behavior problems
  • School issues
  • Cutting and self-harm
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Family conflict problems
  • Parental alienation
  • Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses
  • Gaming addiction and disorders
  • Social anxiety


I incorporate the use of several different therapy approaches, as needed. It’s important to find the therapy approach that best fits each teen. I primarily use cognitive therapy as it’s extremely important for youth to develop their thinking, logic and reasoning skills as they grow older. When these skills are effectively used, emotional distress is decreased. In addition, I incorporate skills and tools from other therapy models.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Person centered therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness


I offer a free phone consultation. I want you to feel confident and comfortable with your decision when looking for a therapist. I also want you to to find the right therapist for your family’s needs so there is no obligation when you call.