Therapy for teenagers (12-20)

While some teenagers ask to come to therapy, others are not so sure it is for them. Adolescence brings more challenges than ever as we cope with the “new normal” of the COVID pandemic. We can help your teens thrive and return to wellness. Our therapists are highly skilled at putting teenagers at ease. We understand that adolescence is a time of major changes in the brain, so it presents an opportunity for building a new, positive identity for a young person. Teenage brains are different, both in amazing, and sometimes perplexing, ways. The key to working with teens is to show respect for their struggles. We make the teenager fully part of the treatment team.

We know that teens make the best progress when they feel a strong connection to their therapist. The COVID quarantine and the so called “new normal” has been a particularly stressful time for teens–we are there to provide face to face and teletherapy care. During this time, teens may feel isolated, irritable, sad, or angry. For others, the return to face to face school and socializing feels even harder. We can help them (and you!) get through this challenging time.¬†

At Resnik and Associates, therapy for teens is goal oriented. We know you have important concerns, and want relief for your teenager. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and mindfulness training have been shown to be very effective for helping teens learn to cope with stress, manage anxiety, and make wise choices. We focus on teaching skills to promote resilience. Parent coaching is an important part of making sure everyone in the family is working together to achieve the same goals. Rest assured, no matter what your teen is going through, our experienced therapists will know how to help.

Therapy helps teens learn to:

Improve relationships with family members

Be more cooperative and flexible

Cope with strong emotions (anxiety, stress, depression, frustration)

Self-motivate to accomplish important goals

Make wiser behavior choices (and reduce self-sabotaging habits)

Avoid harmful behaviors such as cutting, refusing to attend school, or taking risks

Develop a positive identity

Cope with the stress of being “neurodiverse” in a “neurotypical” world

To learn more about teen therapy or to schedule your appointment, contact our Directors of Therapy. Call 301 581 1120 ext 1. Or send us an email (taking care not to send anything personal or private about your teen!) to Ms. Simone Schwager (, Dr. Rachel Singer ( or Ms. Marvie Corbett

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