Teen Counseling

Teen Counseling

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Mental Health Counseling or Therapy For Teens
How Do I Help My Teenager Cope With Life’s Challenges?

Are You Noticing Behavior & Mood Changes in Your Teen?

Psychologist counseling teenage female, individual therapy in doctors office.

As a parent, you may wonder how you and your teenager can overcome developmental challenges, especially if stress, frustration, anger and anxiety are making it difficult for you to communicate with each other. It is all too common for parents and teenagers to disagree on priorities, needs, wants and values. Most parents wish for their teen to one day become a healthy, happy, and well-grounded individual. However, current teen issues or problems might make that goal seem impossible. You may have concerns about your teen’s declining grades, lack of interest in activities, socially isolating or overly involved behavior, anxiety or panic attacks, emotional outbursts, mood swings, argumentative behavior and, most concerning, when your teenager is acting out through substance use or sex — behavior that leaves a parent feeling scared and helpless. 

Adolescence Is A Challenging Time For Parents And Teens Alike

As parents, it is our job to be involved and concerned when our child (now teenager) starts to display changes in behavior and relationships. However, when a parent begins to nag or limit opportunities for growth, it is likely that the teenager will resist. Most teenagers will complain that their parents do not understand them or what they are going through, or may seek autonomy from them. Parents may feel offended or defensive, but it’s important to remember that different times bring different stressors and worries. Today’s teenagers have very different struggles to past generations, and future generations of teenagers will no doubt face unique challenges of their own.

How can teen counseling or therapy help my child?

If you, as a parent, or others around you notice signs of concern, it’s important to seek professional counseling for your teenager. You may feel that your teen isn’t taking your suggestions seriously, in which case a teen counselor who can work with your child in a therapeutic environment (free from judgment or criticism) can help him or her resolve problems, process feelings and thoughts, learn to communicate in a healthier way with others, develop healthier self-esteem and relationships. Teen counselors or therapists evaluate teenagers for mental health related concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, oppositional or defiance behaviors (ODD), self-harming behaviors, and provide counseling for substance use related issues. Counselors also work with teens that have experienced trauma, such as physical/sexual/emotional abuse, death/grief issues, a natural disaster, or family problems related to parents’ separation or divorce.

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Your teen may need to work on individual problems or issues before entering into family counseling to resolve relationship problems. Most teen counselors will schedule a session with family or parents to improve communication pathways, develop quality family time, and set clear rules and expectations for all.

Our therapists utilize psychotherapy, art therapy, and evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), etc., to work with your teen.

I’m worried about finances. Is teen therapy/counseling expensive?

Firstly, check your insurance policy. You may have health insurance benefits that cover outpatient therapy services for children and other family members. If so, check with your insurance provider about copayments or coinsurance, or if you have a deductible to meet. Some of our teen therapists may not accept insurance, but they can give you a ‘Super Bill’ or invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for an out-of-network benefit reimbursement (most people end up getting reimbursed either a percentage or the full fee). Even if you don’t have health insurance or your health insurance doesn’t cover outpatient therapy, we offer competitive rates for teen counseling. As part of our goal to make counseling services available to everyone in the community, we offer sliding scale fees based on your household income, making counseling for teens much more affordable.

At Wake Counseling, we have the expertise and knowledge to assist teens and their families in overcoming relationship challenges, and/or mental health (anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Trauma) or substance use/abuse issues. 

New clients can request an appointment online: https://wakecounseling.com/request-new-appointment or text at 919-647-4600.

Our Teen Specialists

Antoinette Burch
MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

(919) 647-4600 ext. 707, CARY, HOLLY SPRINGS

Teen, Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Substance Use
Ambri Williams
NCC, LCMHCA

(919) 647-4600 ext. 704, Cary

Teen, Child, Adults, EMDR, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Mood Disorders
Ramatu Samura
LCMHCA, NCC

(919) 647-4600 ext. 714, CARY, RALEIGH

Teen, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Substance Use, ADHD
Mya Hooks
LMFTA

(919) 647-4600 ext. 710, Online Only (Telehealth)

Teen, Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use
Ellen Kuehl
LCSW, LCAS

(919) 647-4600 ext. 703, HOLLY SPRINGS

Teen, Child, Adults, EMDR, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Substance Use, ADHD
Georleena Douglas
LCMHC

(919) 647-4600 ext. 716, Raleigh

Teen, Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, LGBTQ+
Emily Savage
LCMHCA

CONTACT: (919) 647-4600 EXT 740

Teen, Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, LGBTQ+
Nicole Pinna
LCSW

(919) 647-4600 ext. 726, MORRISVILLE

Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, LGBTQ+, Grief and Loss
Beatrice Joannis
LCSWA, LCASA

(919) 647-4600 ext. 736, RALEIGH, WAKE FOREST

Teen, Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, LGBTQ+

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