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Pamela Pierce

Hear from Pamela Pierce, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

My go-to approaches for helping teenagers are cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. I find these approaches beneficial because they help the client understand their emotions, thoughts, and behavioral patterns and learn effective skills to better manage (regulate) and cope (tolerate) their emotions. It also provides a direct approach that is clinician-led, instead of client-directed.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

Depending on the issue that the teen is struggling with (anger management, depression, and/or anxiety), I feel it is important that the teen understands the purpose of the emotions and how to effectively communicate their needs. We would also work on ways to cope with difficult feelings. I generally use scenarios that help them to see the situation from the outside to make healthier choices.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in teen counseling?

I know a teen is making meaningful progress in counseling when they are able to learn from past actions and make healthier choices. Also, gaining feedback from their support system about progress made outside of therapy is helpful.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement teen counseling?

Teens can supplement their time in counseling by reviewing the workbook, completing homework assignments, and practicing the skills outside of therapy.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare for their first counseling session, a teen can come in with a positive outlook and willingness to participate in therapy. I encourage them to ask questions because this may be their first time in counseling. I find that a lot of teenagers are apprehensive because this is their parents' choice to do therapy and not always their choice.

Starting Teen counseling

What is teen counseling?

Teen counseling helps young individuals better understand and manage the challenges that affect their mental health. Common challenges amongst teens include anxiety, depression, ADHD, and problematic relationships with food.

How does teen counseling work?

Teen counseling works by using multiple techniques, tailored to fit the teen's unique needs — based on their age group, their challenges, and the severity of their challenges. It might involve cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, art therapy, and others for varying ages. In any case, Thriveworks teen therapists in Birmingham have the expertise and experience to help young individuals at their level.

Does my teen need therapy?

Signs that teens might need Teen counseling can be very subjective, as they are experiencing many changes and can have intense reactions to them. As parents, you know your child best and are best equipped to judge whether certain reactions are standard behaviors for your teen or whether they might be hinting at a larger problem. Even so, there are a few common signs and events that often point to a need for therapy, such as experiencing divorce or loss, grief, consistent low moods, teens distancing themselves and becoming isolated, losing interest in hobbies, excessive anger or irritability, substance use issues, and suicidal ideation, among others.

Is teen counseling conducted in person or online?

Teen counseling providers at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL offer both in-person and online-therapy by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does teen counseling last?

The length of teen counseling depends on your teen's needs as well as the goals that you and their therapist might have for them. Generally, teen counseling sessions will last for several months.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Birmingham therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

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  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama | BCBS

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  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Self-pay costs at Birmingham
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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Pam has really helped me!
Kenisha Jan 2024
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Pamela Pierce is the best Therapist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She's extremely patient and knowledgeable.
Read more Pamela Pierce is the best Therapist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She's extremely patient and knowledgeable.
Birmingham Jan 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Birmingham is located at 400 Office Park Dr Suite 308, Birmingham, AL 35233, off of US Hwy 280.

Phone number

(205) 729-7554

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