Adolescent Counseling in Amherst, MA—Counselors and Therapists

Adolescent Counseling in Amherst, MA—Counselors and Therapists

We like to romanticize the good old teenage years as being full of joy and passion. There were the late nights out with friends, more after-school activities than you could handle, and endless opportunities in front of you.

While all that is true, the teenage years can also be some of the hardest in our lives. Adolescents aged 12-17 are more likely to develop depression and anxiety than any other age group, and the suicide rate is abnormally large amongst teenagers. All of that on top of the everyday struggle of puberty, brain development, and finding someone to sit next to during lunch. Oh, and we can’t forget about figuring out what exactly you want to do for the rest of your life, being engaged in social and extracurricular activities, but still being a balanced human being.

Of course, teenagers come across as unhappy and stressed!  And of course, you as a parent want to help them. It’s hard when adolescents see the world differently. Their brains are at a different developmental level than adults, so they have different priorities, emotional responses, and ways of problem solving. It’s a uniqueness that brings a whole lot of good into the world, but also can prevent them from getting the help they need.

Thriveworks Amherst Adolescent Therapy is working to change that. We have years of experience and training. It’s not your fault your teenager is struggling, and neither is it theirs. Adolescent Counseling is a great way to bridge the gap between teenager’s struggles and the healthy, happy life they deserve.  You can schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks Amherst Therapist by calling 413-634-4805.

How Can Adolescent Therapy Help?

Two things are guaranteed to stay the same session to session in Thriveworks Amherst Adolescent Therapy: it is judgment free and client-first. Your teenager deserves to be heard and respected, especially in a counseling session that is meant to be about them in the first place.

Also, there’s no problem or struggle you could bring to an Adolescent Counseling session that is too big or too small for a Thriveworks Amherst counselor. We might reach out to other professionals, but we will always provide you with the best possible help we can give.

A few of the topics common in counseling for teenagers include:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • School stress
  • Video game addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Discipline problems
  • Deviant behavior in school
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Perfectionism
  • Lying
  • Anger
  • Family dynamics
  • Self-harm

We understand separating normal teenage moods from a true problem can be difficult. Thriveworks Amherst is here to educate you and your teenager, give you the best coping mechanisms, and be a supportive, safe space to overcome personal struggles.

Research has shown again and again that the sooner help is sought, the better the outcome for mental health. If you have even a doubt about your adolescent’s mental health, give us a call. We can walk you through options for the next step.

What Does Adolescent Therapy Look Like?

That depends on what the main problem is, how your day is going, what your future goals are, your individual personality… every session is unique!

Some adolescents just need to talk things out, and traditional talk therapy works great. The combination of encouragement and problem solving is powerful. Others thrive in more advanced techniques such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying and changing bad thoughts and behavior)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (teaches how to deal with extreme emotions)
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Strength based strategies
  • Teaching coping and self-awareness skills
  • Small groups (contact us for more detailed information)
  • Communication skills
  • Positive psychology
  • Art and music therapy

Not everything in the teenager years is prom dances and football games. No matter how dire the situation may appear, there is always hope. Thriveworks Amherst is excited to meet and walk beside your adolescent as they heal and grow.  So schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks Amherst therapist or counselor by calling 413-634-4805 and get your teen the help and support they need today.

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Rosemary Sheola

Rosemary Sheola is a warm and caring person. She is a good listener and helped me through a difficult period in my life. In her role as a Crisis Clinician, Rosemary has provided critical support to many people in mental health crisis. She brings that extensive experience and knowledge to her counseling practice.
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Yvette Cooper

I have had the privilege of working with, and knowing Yvette Cooper for the last 3 years. Her compassion, caring nature, and knowledge she brings is second to none. Her dedication to her client’s and their well being is something anyone looking for therapeutic services would be happy to find in her. I can’t recommend Yvette enough!
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Kristen Kocot: empathy and integrity in counseling

I've had the privilege of knowing and working with Kristen Kocot, a counselor in Amherst, since January 2019. We met in person after she heard my appearance on SiriusXM's Karen Hunter Show. Since then, we have co-created and presented continuing education material at conferences in Massachusetts. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, I value Kristen's approach to therapy perhaps more than the average person. Her dedication to the whole recovery - immediate release from hospital/clinic, adjustment and acclimation to what life now is, facing the roller coaster that can fuel life post-trauma, pairing the clinical with the personal - sets her apart from many of the therapists I have known. I wholeheartedly recommend Kristen Kocot and sessions with her.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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Sarah Hoxie

Sarah is a strong clinician who responds to clients and families with genuine compassion, sound clinical judgment, and an accessible, caring personality. I trust Sarah implicitly and would recommend her without hesitation.
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Dave Zellmer

I was fortunate to work with Dave for several years in supporting the success of clients. He brings a wealth of experience and training in providing high quality therapy. Dave is one of the most positive, trusted and competent therapists I've known. All would agree that Dave is a delight to work with!
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Dave Zellmer

I was fortunate to work with Dave for several years in supporting the success of clients. He brings his wealth of experience, and training in providing high quality therapy. Dave is one of the most positive, trusted and competent therapists I've known. All would agree that Dave is a delight to work with!
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clinician character endorsement

Sarah H. has shown to have extensive clinical knowledge. She illustrates sound clinical judgement and extraordinary people skills. Sarah is very passionate about her work and she is always compassionate and empathetic toward her clients and colleagues. Sarah brings a warm, calming presence and it is a great privilege to work alongside her.
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Kindness and Compassion

Sarah Hoxie is a highly skilled clinician who takes the time to get to know each patient and the greater family system. Her compassion, patience, and kindness help patients feel at ease and safe to share their stories. She is dedicated to find the right treatment approach and intervention for each unique case.
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Authentic Support

My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed Greg's guidance and support in our marriage. He has been knowledgeable and authentic in his counsel.
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Superb crisis intervention

Our family has benefited numerous times from Greg Handel's wisdom & insight when dealing with anger issues, frustration, disappointment and anxiety!
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