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3,071 people sought teen counseling help in Maryland in the last year

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

Stacey Gray

Hear from Stacey Gray, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Certified (LCSW-Certified)

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

When working with the adolescent population in counseling, I find the best benefit in encouraging them to feel empowered during the treatment process. Being able to focus on a client-centered approach and encouraging them to feel as though they have the ability to improve their situation is important to future success.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

When working with the adolescent population, I prefer to use cognitive behavioral techniques, psychoeducation, and dialectical behavioral therapy strategies as well as helping them identify mindfulness techniques they can use to help alleviate some of the symptoms they may be experiencing. Although working with the adolescent population is different than working with adults, I do feel that, depending on the individual client, an adolescent is able to communicate their feelings effectively and work on identifying strategies that could help with long-term emotional health.

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

Depending on the developmental stage of the client, I can observe if a client is making meaningful progress through both physical observation of symptoms and insight into their own behaviors. Having family involved in the treatment for an adolescent is helpful, and they are also beneficial in tracking progress. An adolescent who is able to demonstrate insight into their behaviors and emotional functioning as well as utilize strategies on a consistent basis to assist with reducing the intensity of their symptoms is a client who is making meaningful progress.

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

An adolescent who is involved in mental health treatment should also be involved in activities outside of therapy that help create opportunities for happiness, purpose, and connection with others. Being involved in activities in the community, spending time with peers, and being able to involve themselves in activities that bring them happiness are all important for healthy adolescent development, even when a client is in therapy.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare an adolescent to start the therapeutic process, I encourage both the client and their family (if possible) to identify areas they would want to address in therapy. The adolescent needs to feel a sense of autonomy and should identify a few areas they feel are important to work on during their treatment.

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 Nottingham 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 Nottingham, MD 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 Nottingham therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Nottingham
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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I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
Read more I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
Theresa Jan 2024
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Nottingham is off of Belair Road and Blakely Avenue. We share a space with Driscoll Tax Group and are down the road from Wells Fargo and Chick-fil-A.

Phone number

(410) 862-4262

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin
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