Counseling For Teens

Ages 13-19

We specialize in counseling and therapeutic services for teens. Adolescence is a time of rapid growth that can cause uncertainty, explosive temperament, and other behavioral challenges that affects everyone in your home.

A Note To Teens About Therapy

Walking into a new environment and talking to a stranger about your problems, feelings and insecurities can be scary. I appreciate your bravery!

I promise I will not make you do or say anything you don’t want to; I understand it will take some time to trust me. 

I have so much to share, and I am excited to start this journey together.

My only goal is to become someone that you feel comfortable enough to do just that so I can help you. 

Trust me when I say I have a lot of skills and tools that can help. I promise I will not make you do or say anything you don’t want to, I understand it will take some time to trust me. 

Know that when you enter my office what we talk about stays in the office, unless we talk about sharing it with your parents first. We will discuss this with your parents at our first meeting. 

My hope is that you will view me as a mentor that was once a teen and young adult managing my own emotions and growth. Guiding you to make the best choices as we process through your feelings and emotions is my top priority. I have so much to share and I am excited to start this journey together.

Teens have unique counseling needs

They are exploring their rapidly growing identity and benefit from having extra support. If your teen exhibits any of the following I can help! 

The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session and apply it into your daily life.

What is Therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, your journey won’t look exactly the same as someone else. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. 

Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue; or longer-term to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

Active Participation

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session and apply it into your life. 

Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

"Stacey had truly been a Godsend to me and my kids. It has been a real struggle in their lives just being teenagers in this world of social media and being teens alone but during our period of time with her they have also had to go through a separation of their parents.

It’s been a really rough 5 months or so and I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without Stacey’s services. She is so kind and patient as well which any parent truly needs in their life. Highly recommend."
- Parent, Krysta G. (Clients- 16 female, 13 male)

I’ve Never Done Therapy Before. How Does It Work?

15-Minute Consultation

First, you’ll talk with me on a free 15-minute consult call. We’ll make sure I am a good fit for what you need. Therapy is a personal relationship and should be an enjoyable, fun, refreshing relationship. We’ll also talk about costs. 

Then, we’ll schedule your first appointment and I will send you access to the balance portal where you’ll find all the legal authorization forms, practice policy and billing info.

Your First Session

Your first session is one hour long. We’ll talk about your past and what life looks like currently. You can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. I’ll create a treatment plan and goals that we’ll work on together in ongoing weekly sessions.

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Sometimes the therapeutic process will help you gain immediate results and sometimes it will take some time. It’s like learning a new skill, it takes practice and training to learn anything new. 

I like to look at counseling like planting a garden, especially with pre-teens and teens. We keep planting seeds and eventually they grow and thrive, but it takes time, water, sunlight to nourish a seed to produce a leaf, let alone fruit. Counseling can also take time, skill practice and new ideas to see what works and practice to create new habits. It takes at least 30 days to create a new habit or way of thinking!

View detailed information about our rates and insurance information HERE.

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:

What are my mental health benefits?

What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?

How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?

Is approval required from my primary care physician?

For answers to more of your therapy questions visit my FAQ page