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7,234 people sought teen counseling help in Pennsylvania in the last year

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

Andrew Coyle

Hear from Andrew Coyle, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

My general approaches to addressing a client's needs in therapy are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). CBT provides a more traditional approach to exploring the impact of thoughts on feelings and behaviors and working to process and manage those thoughts to reduce the impact on our decision-making. ACT utilizes these skills and implements more mindfulness-based strategies to reduce experiential avoidance of uncomfortable emotions and focuses on increasing values-based actions.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

I assist clients in building the following skills to meet their treatment goals:

  • Emotional regulation techniques: To better manage physical symptoms of emotions to promote values-based action as opposed to emotional reaction. Examples include preventative strategies, physical coping skills, and grounding techniques.
  • Cognitive coping skills: To assist with managing automatic thoughts that impact our emotions and to process core beliefs that impact our perception of the world we interact with. Examples included diffusion and the use of a thought record.
  • Acceptance: Working with clients to identify what is outside of their control in the moment and working to shift focus to action on things that they can control.
  • Mindfulness: Supports a client to be better grounded in the present moment, build observation skills of their internal and external experience, and move past their judgments to see things and situations as they are.
  • Communication skill: Promotes appropriate verbalization and reception of needs before they become larger issues.

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

I know clients are making progress in therapy when they are less often moving away from uncomfortable situations and emotions and are more often moving toward their values and goals through actions. Clients are typically utilizing the skills learned in therapy outside of the therapy office to increase the likelihood of these values-based actions. Clients also tend to demonstrate a greater level of insight into their emotions and report a decreased impact of these emotions on their decision-making.

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

To supplement therapy, clients can practice and implement the skills learned in therapy in their day-to-day lives. It is also important to engage in preventative strategies, such as a regular sleep schedule, healthy diet, appropriate work-life balance, engagement with positive social support, and hobbies, as they can improve our overall emotional well-being throughout the day. While these are not possible all the time, the more we engage with them, the more benefits we receive from that action.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare for their first therapy session, all an individual needs to bring with them is an attitude that is honest and open to alternative perspectives and a willingness to try the interventions suggested in the session. It also can be helpful to have a general idea of what the client’s goals for therapy may be. The client should be prepared to answer some general questions about themselves to give the therapist a clearer picture of who they are.

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 Media 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 Media, PA 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 Media therapists and counselors accept 40 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Media is located off of N Jackson St, and our building is in the center of Cooper St., W 6th St., W 7th St., and N Jackson St.

Phone number

(610) 557-1991

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean
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