Adolescent Counseling

Adolescent, Teen Counseling

An adolescent is considered to be a person between the ages of 13 and 19 years or the teen years. During adolescence, there are both physical and psychological changes that occur. These changes can often begin earlier, during the preteen considered to be between the ages 9 and 12 years.

Adolescent or teen therapy is talk therapy that is designed to help teenagers’ growth at a time that can be overwhelming, intense, confusing, and/or lonely.

Why choose Empower You Experts to help your teen?

At Empower You Experts, our psychologist and therapist have over twenty years of experience and expertise for helping adolescents open up and express themselves so they can work through challenging issues that are impacting their mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.

Why teen counseling is beneficial

Mental health conditions can cause negative feelings and emotions that make daily activities like school, socializing with peers, and interacting with family members more difficult.  At Empower You Experts, your teenager can receive the support he or she needs to explore and resolve underlying issues that contribute to his or her mental health.  Teenagers can also learn and practice strategies to help them cope with negative, irrational thoughts and high stress levels.

What to expect during a teen counseling session

In most cases, an adolescent therapy session lasts around an hour.  Sessions are confidential, and most teens express relief that they have a safe and private space to talk about complex issues that are difficult to share with others in their life.  While the majority of sessions involve your adolescent meeting independently with a therapist from our Phoenix or Scottsdale locations, parents may be asked to participate from time to time as deemed appropriate.

What are some common adolescent mental health issues?

Teenagers face many of the same mental health issues as adults.  Adolescents often experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Struggling in peer relationships
  • Trouble communicating with parents, and/or a sibling(s)
  • Poor Body Image
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Eating Disorders/Eating Issues
  • Confused about their sexuality
  • Substance Use/Substance Abuse
  • Excessive Video Gaming
  • Being unsure how to express their needs
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Feeling misunderstood
  • Loneliness

It is also common for adolescents, like adults, to have more than one mental health condition.  For example, anxiety and depression often co-occur.  Additionally, many mental health conditions increase the risk of developing a substance abuse disorder and/or an eating disorder.

What are the signs that my teenager needs therapy?

Adolescents have a reputation for moodiness and anxiety as they cope with the hormonal shifts of puberty while trying to figure out their place in the world.  So how can you tell if your teenager needs professional psychological help?

Some of the warning signs of mental health conditions include:

  • Change in their academic performance or behavior at school
  •  Signs of drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Extreme changes in weight
  • Self-harm
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lost interest in activities
  • Isolation
  • Reckless, Impulsive behavior
  • Violent behavior

Even though teenagers can sometimes feel like strangers living in your home, ultimately, you know your child.  Whether your adolescent is depressed, anxious, or just needs a safe space to talk about their problems, Empower You Experts can help.  Make an appointment today!  Call us at 480-848-4411; or email

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