Teen Therapy in Dallas, Texas

I am passionate about working with teens struggling with general life transitions, social issues, or family issues. As someone who experienced hardship as a teenager, I can personally relate to how overwhelming life can feel when there is a sense of responsibility or need to “handle it all” from a young age. I enjoy working with teens who are experiencing the divorce of their parents or who are experiencing discomfort and chaos in their home life. I understand that being a teenager comes with lots of life transitions ranging from school, relationships, family, and exploring future goals.

 

These can all feel impossible when you are also experiencing mental health issues such as social anxiety or depression. COVID-19 has also impacted teens in a unique way as the opportunity to connect socially was drastically impacted. Many teens are experiencing anxiety and uncertainty when it comes to re-entering back into “normal” life.

 

My goal is to help validate and acknowledge whatever feeling you may be experiencing, and to be your advocate as you navigate through stressful or chaotic times. I enjoy working with teens who have been told they are mature for their age, or feel as if they have had to grow up too fast due to life circumstances such as a divorce. I enjoy helping teens embrace their youth and inner child while also holding the space and respect for those who are emerging into adulthood. My goal is to provide guidance and support, to answer the tough or uncomfortable questions, and to help you navigate this very special time in your life. 

 

Counseling Services for Teens & Adolescents

 

The teen years are some of the hardest in life. Teens face enormous pressures like finding the right friends, discovering their own identities, and establishing independence from parents. Modern challenges like social media add even more stress. If you are a parent of a teen who’s struggling, or a struggling teen yourself, know that you aren’t alone. Adolescence is hard for everyone, and certain factors can make it harder for some than others.

 

While trying to navigate these years, problems you might run into include:

 

  • Difficulty with school

  • Bullying/cyberbullying

  • Low self-esteem

  • Family conflict

  • Stressful friendships and/or romantic relationships

  • Uncertainty about the future

  • LGBTQ+ issues

 

It can be helpful to see a therapist when facing issues like these. It’s estimated at least one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health condition. The most common disorders are anxiety, attention, mood, and behavior disorders. Here at Therapy With Abby, I help teens with conditions like:
 

 

These are just a few of the wide variety of conditions teens struggle with. If they aren’t treated, they might even last into adulthood. Learning to manage mental health symptoms as a teen builds a good foundation for coping with challenges later in life.

 

At Therapy With Abby, I provide teen therapy in Dallas, Texas to help teens cope with whatever difficulties they may be facing. I’m passionate about helping teens because I’ve been there. I experienced hardship as a teenager myself, and I know what the weight of too much responsibility at that age feels like. I believe therapy for adolescents should be a healthy mix of helping them embrace their inner child while also holding space for the adults they are becoming.

 

What is Therapy for Teens Like?

 

I understand every person who walks through my door is unique and complex. I will start by conducting a brief assessment to see where you’re at and identify your biggest struggles. We’ll work as a team to decide what to work on and when. I might ask you to imagine what you wish your life was like, or the type of person you want to become. I’ll help you process any difficult events you’re dealing with and teach you skills to manage problems when you’re not in my office.

 

Here are a few techniques I’ve frequently use when working with teenagers:
 

  • Identifying and replacing negative thoughts

  • Mindfulness and meditation

  • Building positive self-affirmations

  • Learning and role-playing effective communication skills

  • Creating a healthy support system

 

Different approaches work for different people—your treatment at Therapy With Abby will always be individualized. The goal is that after working with me, you’ll be better able to cope with life’s challenges and uncertainties down the road, long after you’ve completed therapy with me.

 

As with all forms of therapy, sessions with me are completely private and confidential. I know it’s hard opening up to someone you don’t know about your innermost thoughts and feelings. My office is a safe place for you to sort things through and ultimately earn to manage them on your own.

 

Therapy for Teens in Dallas, Texas

 

I’m happy to provide therapy for teens at my practice here in Dallas, Texas. If you’re a struggling teen or the parent of one, contact me today to schedule a session! I look forward to helping you become a healthier, happier version of yourself.