Therapy for Teens

Everyone deserves a loving and peaceful home.

We understand what it’s like to be worried about your child’s wellbeing. 

We can help.

While the journey between childhood and adulthood is a joyful experience in many ways, it is usually not without growing pains. Having a trusted therapist to walk along with you on that journey can help adolescent clients discover who they are and find their voice.  Therapists at Creative Family Counseling enjoy working with teens as they grow into themselves and consider it to be an honor to help them discover their tools, learn their strengths, and overcome challenges.

Does My Teen Need Therapy?

Parents seek out our services for several reasons.

  • Sometimes parents know that a big family change or stressor is in their child’s future and they want to proactively provide their child with a resource (a trusted therapist) which will help them through that transition. For these parents, helping and encouraging their teen to manage the stress and emotions related to that transition/change in healthy ways is their priority.
  • Other times, parents are concerned or worried about an event that has already happened. A traumatic event or social stressor has impacted their teen and they want to provide their child with a healthy outlet to cope.
  • Most often, parents have observed a change in their teen’s behavior or the way their child is interacting with others and are seeking to understand how to help them and resolve that problem.

Children and teens most often show they’re having a hard time through their behaviors. Sometimes these behaviors are “internalized” and may include

  • withdrawing
  • isolating
  • shutting down
  • not engaging in activities they once enjoyed
  • “spacing out”
  • stomach-aches or headaches
  • becoming apathetic.

Other times changes in behaviors are “externalized” and may include

  • irritability
  • outbursts
  • panic attacks
  • lack of cooperation
  • defiance
  • crying spells
  • other behavioral challenges.

If your teen has experienced a change in their behaviors, it’s a good sign they will benefit from therapy, even if it is short term.

There is hope. 

Our Approach

Our therapists are trained in and have a passion to specifically work with children, teens, parents, and families. Whether a pre-teen, teen, or emerging adult, our clinicians can help your teen and family meet your therapeutic goals. Because many adolescents have an interest in the creative expression of emotions, expressive therapies can be utilized in sessions with them.  Therapists may provide activity therapy such as the use of a therapeutic game, art techniques, and additional creative interventions.

Many of our Teen Clients overcome challenges such as:

  • low self-esteem and self-image
  • issues with explosive anger or irritability
  • performance issues
  • peer relationship challenges
  • depression
  • grief
  • panic and anxiety
  • self-injurious behaviors
  • suicidal ideation
  • issues from a history of trauma, abuse, neglect, or abandonment

Our Therapy Dogs are a big hit with teenage clients, connecting with them in a way only an animal could by providing animal-assisted therapies. For teens who have experienced traumatic events, therapists at Creative Family Counseling have training in recommended trauma treatment interventions such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  

We want your home to be a happier one.

Creative Family Counseling takes a systemic and integrative approach to work with teens. Oftentimes, a teenager’s behaviors can serve as a warning signal that the family system isn’t functioning as best as it could.  By offering families a wide array of services to meet their unique needs, such as individual therapy, family therapyworkshops, and groups, clients are able to create a personalized treatment plan to meet their needs. Here we help you develop healthier ways of interacting and connecting with one another, which meets a teen’s underlying needs and allows us to be successful in reaching therapy goals.  Each client receives an individualized therapy plan.

We Offer Lots of Options for Scheduling.

Our clinicians offer flexible availability with counseling for teens offered at our Prospect Campus and our Louisville Campus. We also know that your time is valuable and that in-person appointments are not for everyone. No fear – our counselors can meet with teen clients and parents  Online via Telehealth!  Lastly, if your child attends school, check out our School Facilitated Services page to see if we have a Therapist at your child’s school who can help limit the overwhelm of getting your child to and from therapy!

Typical Outcomes for Counseling with Teens:

  • Improved emotional regulation skills
  • Improved problem solving skills
  • Increase self esteem and more confidence
  • Interruption of negative interaction cycles
  • Healthy boundaries
  • More peaceful interactions
  • Healthier communication skills
  • Healing
  • Reduction in stress
  • Recovery from trauma and stress
  • Adjustment to life changes
  • Social skills
  • Higher executive functioning

Everyone deserves a loving and peaceful home.

We agree to provide a safe space that allows clients to reach their goals in a collaborative manner.

I’m ready for a happier home. How do we get started?

1. Contact our Practice Administrator to be matched with a Therapist who fits your needs.
2. Schedule an intake appointment to discuss your concerns and goals.
3. Allow your Therapist to create an individualized treatment plan for you and your teen.
4. Work together to meet your goals.
5. Enjoy a more fulfilling relationship and a happier home.

Still have Questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to have additional questions answered!

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Therapists who work at Creative Family Counseling, LLC are committed to providing culturally competent and affirming care. This includes ongoing conversations on issues of power, privilege, and oppression, as well as dedicated focus and education on these issues, with the goal of supporting anti-racism, anti-discrimination, & anti-hate to foster growth, love, change, and social justice for all.