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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.

Janet Kaye Love

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

When working with teens, I incorporate a focus on providing skills to increase positive communication between the client and their parents, in addition to the other strategies I commonly use in therapy. Increasing skills in positive communication assists in facilitating peaceful, collaborative problem-solving.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

In addition to the focus on the parent-child relationship, I often teach the following tools when working with teens:

  • Mindfulness meditation, or mindful activity, involves learning to notice when the mind drifts, how to let go of thinking, and how to return focus to a predetermined word, phrase, image action, or sensory experience.
  • Cognitive reframing is used to explore alternative perspectives.
  • Cognitive challenging helps clients question their thoughts and beliefs in order to uncover patterns of thinking that are no longer helpful.
  • Cognitive distraction gives clients the ability to move away from intrusive and unwanted thoughts.
  • Sensation labeling is a mindfulness technique that assists with disrupting unwanted thinking by focusing on sensory input.
  • Strategies for grief processing are used to observe, accept, experience, and release the chaos of emotions that accompany an experience of loss.
  • Mental shield imagery develops skills in managing mirror neurons to reduce emotional reactivity to other people's emotions.
  • Thinking strategies to address catastrophic thinking and increase confidence in dealing with undesired outcomes, should they arise.
  • Positive communication skills such as reflective listening, “I” statements, nonviolent communication, and positive behavior support can decrease conflict and increase skills in collaboration.
  • Motivation skills reduce procrastination and avoidance.
  • Strategies for gaining acceptance of mistakes and letting go of shame and guilt.
  • Task partialization to reduce overwhelm and procrastination.
  • Imagery and relaxation strategies for pain management and reduction of medical anxiety.

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

I check in with clients and the parent(s) about teens' progress with their goals and the improvements they are seeing in their symptoms at the beginning of every session before focusing on individual time with the client. Meaningful progress is evident as the list of progress and successes gets longer and the list of challenges gets shorter.

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

Clients' efforts to implement the skills they are learning and the goals that they set between sessions are essential to making progress in therapy. Parental efforts to support the client and learn new positive strategies for interaction further facilitate the client's progress.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

I reserve the first session for fully exploring the parent’s concerns. They can prepare for therapy by thinking about what they want their child to achieve, in addition to what it is they want to move away from.

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 Austin 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 Austin, 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 Austin therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • 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

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Self-pay costs at Austin
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

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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.
Read more 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 Austin is located on Research Blvd, which runs next to US-183 Hwy. We share a building with Capitol Appraisal Group and a Farmer’s Insurance agent.

Phone number

(512) 807-0730

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
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