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15,807 people sought teen counseling help in Texas in the last year

Discover how starting teen counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Blaine Stephens

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

The go-to approach for helping people in teen counseling is utilizing a client-centered and strengths-based approach. This approach prioritizes building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship with the teen, allowing them to feel heard, understood, and empowered. The best benefit is found in fostering collaboration and autonomy, as it encourages teens to take an active role in their own therapy, identify their strengths and resources, and work towards their goals in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to them.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

In teen counseling, the following tools are taught:

  • Coping skills: Teaching adolescents practical strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and positive self-talk.
  • Communication skills: Helping teens improve their communication with peers, family members, and other adults, including active listening, assertiveness, and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Emotion regulation techniques: Providing adolescents with tools to identify and regulate their emotions in healthy ways, such as journaling, relaxation exercises, and identifying triggers.
  • Problem-solving skills: Teaching teens effective problem-solving strategies to address challenges in various areas of their lives, including breaking problems down into smaller steps, brainstorming solutions, and evaluating outcomes.
  • Goal-setting and planning: Assisting adolescents in setting realistic and achievable goals for themselves, developing action plans, and monitoring progress towards their goals over time.
  • Social skills development: Helping teens navigate social interactions and relationships, including making friends, handling peer pressure, and building empathy and understanding towards others.
  • Self-esteem building: Providing opportunities for teens to explore their strengths, talents, and values, and encouraging positive self-talk, self-compassion, and self-care practices.
  • Psychoeducation: Offering information and resources on topics relevant to adolescent development, mental health, and coping strategies, to increase understanding and awareness.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in teen counseling when:

  • They demonstrate increased self-awareness and insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, showing a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences.
  • There is a noticeable improvement in their ability to cope with stress, manage emotions, and navigate challenging situations more effectively.
  • They show greater resilience and flexibility in adapting to change and overcoming obstacles, demonstrating a willingness to try new strategies and learn from setbacks.
  • Clients report feeling more confident, empowered, and in control of their lives, as evidenced by increased assertiveness, autonomy, and self-advocacy.
  • There is evidence of positive changes in their relationships with peers, family members, and other adults, including improved communication, cooperation, and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Progress is reflected in their achievement of therapy goals and milestones, such as improved academic performance, increased social engagement, or greater overall well-being and satisfaction.

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

Clients can supplement their time in teen counseling with:

  • Journaling: Writing down their thoughts, feelings, and experiences between sessions can help teens process emotions, track progress, and reflect on insights gained in therapy.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques: Engaging in activities such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation can help teens manage stress and anxiety outside of therapy.
  • Setting personal goals: Teens can identify areas they want to work on and set specific, achievable goals for themselves, such as improving study habits, building social skills, or pursuing hobbies and interests.
  • Seeking out support: Encouraging teens to reach out to trusted friends, family members, or supportive adults for additional support and guidance can help them feel connected and supported outside of therapy.
  • Engaging in enjoyable activities: Participating in activities they enjoy, such as sports, art, music, or spending time with friends, can provide teens with opportunities for relaxation, self-expression, and positive social interactions.
  • Exploring self-help resources: Encouraging teens to read books, articles, or websites on topics related to mental health, coping skills, and adolescent development can provide them with additional information and tools for personal growth.
  • Practicing self-care: Encouraging teens to prioritize their physical and emotional well-being by getting enough sleep, eating healthily, exercising regularly, and engaging in activities that bring them joy and fulfillment.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare for their first teen counseling session, a teen can:

  • Reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, identifying any specific challenges or concerns they want to address in therapy.
  • Consider what they hope to achieve in counseling and any goals or intentions they have for the process, such as improving relationships, managing stress, or building self-confidence.
  • Think about their preferred communication style and how they feel most comfortable expressing themselves, whether through talking, writing, or other forms of self-expression.
  • Gather any relevant information or documents related to their concerns, such as school reports, medical records, or previous therapy notes, to provide context for the therapist if desired.
  • Be open to discussing their thoughts and feelings in therapy, recognizing that it may be difficult or uncomfortable at times but that it is an important step towards growth and healing.
  • Identify any questions or concerns they have about the therapy process or what to expect in sessions, and feel free to discuss these with the therapist during the initial session.
  • Approach the session with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, recognizing that counseling is a collaborative effort between the teen and the therapist.

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 McKinney 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 McKinney, TX 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 McKinney therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McKinney is located in the same building as Center of Pelvic Excellence, Genesis Back & Neck, Landry Odom of Allstate Insurance, and Peggy S, Breeding CPA PLLC Tax Services. We are near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and Cascades Drive. We are also near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and S Custer Road, and near this intersection is a plaza which contains Texas Pediatric Dentistry, Play Street Museum McKinney, Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe, All About U hair Salon, Stonebridge Cleaners, and Stonebridge Ranch Dentistry.

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