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4,787 people sought teen counseling help in New Jersey in the last year

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

Lara Carter

Hear from Lara Carter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

My go-to approach for helping clients in teen counseling is first to help them understand their mental health better and teach them ways to cope with their feelings. Since mental health is not often taught about in schools, teens do not always have a lot of understanding about what's happening with their mental health and what to do to feel better.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

I often teach the following topics in counseling with teens:

  • Understanding triggers: This involves helping teens to recognize what exactly is affecting their mental health and know what their triggers are and how to manage them.
  • Learning coping strategies: This can involve a lot of different tools, including grounding techniques and mindfulness strategies (which help with staying out of one's mind and staying in the present moment), practicing self-care, or using hobbies and interests as a way to build upon their strengths and have healthy outlets for their emotions.
  • CBT skills: Recognizing cognitive distortions, which are different types of thought patterns that we may have, and looking at core beliefs, which are beliefs that we have about ourselves, others, or the world around us, often deeper rooted in our past experiences. Overall, CBT helps provide tools to learn how to manage our thoughts more effectively when they feel unmanageable!

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

I know a teen client is making meaningful progress in counseling when they are sharing about improvements in their overall mood, understanding their thoughts and feelings better, and sharing about coping strategies they've learned that have been effective for them!

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

Teen clients can supplement their time in counseling by practicing more self-care and giving their minds time to rest and feel content with being in the moment. This can include a variety of activities, such as engaging in hobbies, practicing journaling exercises, or exercising.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare for your first teen counseling session, you can identify some of the main reasons that they want to come to therapy at this time. This can include a variety of reasons, but it would help the therapist to know what your motivation is for coming to therapy and what you'd like to see change. Any insight from the teen's caregivers is also appreciated, to have context behind what the caregiver has observed and their concerns for their child.

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 Paramus 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 Paramus, NJ 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 Paramus therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Paramus
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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Our Family Therapy sessions have been sent from heaven. Rosalie Cespedes brings professionalism, care, experience and love to our session. It is hard to find a person that all the family respects and appreciates her advice. My two daughters and wife truly appreciate her advice and the positive changes has made to our daily lives. We will definitely continue working with her long term and encourage any family or person going through personal challenges and need professional; honest advice to try working with her. Thank you for all you have done.
Read more Our Family Therapy sessions have been sent from heaven. Rosalie Cespedes brings professionalism, care, experience and love to our session. It is hard to find a person that all the family respects and appreciates her advice. My two daughters and wife truly appreciate her advice and the positive changes has made to our daily lives. We will definitely continue working with her long term and encourage any family or person going through personal challenges and need professional; honest advice to try working with her. Thank you for all you have done.
Sandy Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★
So far it's OK. I say ok because there is a big age difference between the therapist and myself. Maybe by 25yrs or so.
Read more So far it's OK. I say ok because there is a big age difference between the therapist and myself. Maybe by 25yrs or so.
Frank Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks in Paramus, NJ is located on Sunflower Ave, just off of State Route 17 and west of Di Maggio Park. We're in the same building as House Window Replacement & Installation and Harvest Property and Investment, and are neighbored by Exxon and Renell Label Print. The closest bus stop is Rt 17 and Ridgewood Ave.

Phone number

(973) 529-8913

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