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16,520 people sought teen counseling help in Virginia in the last year

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

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As a counselor, I am passionate about creating a safe, nonjudgmental, empowering, and empathetic space for my clients to grow in their goals and gain ... As a counselor, I am passionate about creating a safe, nonjudgmental, empowering, and empathetic space for my clients to grow in their goals and gain the skills/tools to manage their depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and major life transitions. Read more

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As an African-American female, I understand the presenting issues of financial and racial disparity, cultural bias, and intergenerational issues.

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As a woman and a person of color, I understand the need for diversity, inclusion, and equality.

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I have a strong passion for helping individuals process their experiences and learn how to better navigate their world. I strive to position myself as... I have a strong passion for helping individuals process their experiences and learn how to better navigate their world. I strive to position myself as a constant learner who practices in collaboration with you to help meet your needs. Read more

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I believe there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, so I meet each client where they are while working to improve their strengths and addr... I believe there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, so I meet each client where they are while working to improve their strengths and address weaknesses. Read more

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I understand the importance of individualized treatment as every client is different and deserves the opportunity to have a say in their goals and lif... I understand the importance of individualized treatment as every client is different and deserves the opportunity to have a say in their goals and life. Read more

Alexandra Cromer

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

My go-to approach for helping people in teen counseling is making sure I spend a lot of time fortifying our relationship and building trust with my teen clients. I find the best benefit in focusing on scaffolding my treatment to meet the client where they are and to focus on building a trusting, nurturing relationship with them as my primary base for treatment. I find that it leads to better therapeutic outcomes, as it enables us to more effectively co-collaborate when they believe that they have a professional adult who believes in them, validates them, and is consistently supportive of them in becoming the best and most effective version of themselves.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

I teach the following tools in teen counseling:

  • Mindfulness training: Mindfulness training involves the use of mindfulness and grounding skills to help clients remain in the present moment, not in the past or the future. These skills are critically important in a client's healing journey as they promote healthy emotion recognition and coping skill use and raise overall levels of resiliency and distress tolerance. Mindfulness training in teens sets a foundation for them to have a healthy, accepting relationship with themselves and their experienced emotions for a lifetime.
  • Cognitive challenging/reframing: Cognitive challenging and reframing skills help clients be able to identify, recognize, and replace negative automatic thoughts about self and others that cause impairments and disruptions to their healing journey as well as daily life. Cognitive challenging skills teach clients to put their thoughts “on trial;” that is, to ask if they are rooted in evidence-based fact or in a simple worry that is not factual. If our worries are not rooted in fact, they are not rooted in reality and are therefore causing us an impairment. Then, we can reframe them to something that is more adaptive to reality. This equips teens to not second-guess themselves and provides them with rational, logical problem-solving skills that are not rooted in shame or self-criticism.
  • Psychoeducation: Providing a thorough education to clients on grief, the brain, loss, and other aspects associated with the grieving process is another important component of healthy processing during times of grieving because it provides clients with a context and a “why” for their thoughts and behaviors. When we understand context, it can sometimes help us get to the root cause and prevent problems from continuing into perpetuity due to ignorance. Further, providing psychoeducation to parents is critical in helping them gain insight and understand their teen's condition and the treatment plan.
  • Behavior activation: Behavior activation skills and schedules are schedules created with activities that are congruent with and revolve around a person's identified personal values. Creation of these schedules involves identification of your personal values by importance; being able to translate those values into daily, tangible activities and routines; and then looking at creating a way to incorporate these activities into your daily routines and rituals. Regular engagement in behavior activation increases self-esteem and overall life satisfaction, so equipping teens with these skills is critical.

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 are reporting a significant decrease in frequency and intensity of symptoms that are causing daily distress and disruption to their schedules and routines. Clients are continuing to make progress when they are visibly more comfortable identifying and healthily processing experienced emotions and have regularly incorporated healthy coping and emotion regulation skills into their daily routines and engage in them with minimal clinician prompting. I also look for increases in self-esteem and self-confidence as well as self-efficacy in teens.

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

Clients can supplement their time in teen counseling by making sure that they are engaging in activities that are nourishing and are not isolating themselves. Regularly engaging within your social support system is absolutely critical to human health and development, but especially for teenagers—having a strong social support system is critical. Making sure you're regularly engaging in your hobbies and other value-congruent behaviors can also significantly contribute to progress made in therapy.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare for their first teen counseling session, a teen can discuss expectations with their parents, especially levels of autonomy with treatment that they'd like to have. How comfortable are they with their parents being involved in treatment, and vice versa? Discussing boundaries and expectations can be critical in avoiding conflict once you enter therapy!

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 Richmond 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 Richmond, VA 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 Richmond therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Richmond
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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I had reached out to several therapists to find one that would fit. My therapist Noel, reached out and explained on what methods she uses to help with certain issues. She is a great fit for me and I am looking forward with working with her.
Read more I had reached out to several therapists to find one that would fit. My therapist Noel, reached out and explained on what methods she uses to help with certain issues. She is a great fit for me and I am looking forward with working with her.
Lynn Feb 2024
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She is absolutely the best and she makes my life so much better thank you very much!
Robert Jan 2024
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Ms Gooden is an excellent clinician, always very helpful and punctual. The office staff are always helpful and professional. I will recommend them to my family and friends
Read more Ms Gooden is an excellent clinician, always very helpful and punctual. The office staff are always helpful and professional. I will recommend them to my family and friends
Maria Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My husband and I are very pleased with our therapist, and she's not only Christian, but she is also knowledgeable, honest, direct, and committed to assist us in any way she possible can. She's introduced us to written and verbal exercises that have helped us better understand each other and ourselves. I whole Heartly recommend her and Thrivesworks.
Read more My husband and I are very pleased with our therapist, and she's not only Christian, but she is also knowledgeable, honest, direct, and committed to assist us in any way she possible can. She's introduced us to written and verbal exercises that have helped us better understand each other and ourselves. I whole Heartly recommend her and Thrivesworks.
Maria Dec 2023
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★★★★★
Natalie is an incredibly compassionate therapist who really takes the time and effort to help you towards healing and recovery. The help and guidance that she has provided for me has changed my life. She is truly great at what she does.
Read more Natalie is an incredibly compassionate therapist who really takes the time and effort to help you towards healing and recovery. The help and guidance that she has provided for me has changed my life. She is truly great at what she does.
Richmond Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Natalie makes me feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She has helped me work through multiple triggers and highly recommend her if you need a trustworthy therapist.
Read more Natalie makes me feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She has helped me work through multiple triggers and highly recommend her if you need a trustworthy therapist.
Richmond Feb 2022
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Ms. Shamika Pender has a great love for people and is full of knowledge and wisdom. She has assisted me on many occasions with locating resources for church and family members in need. She is a strong advocate for the community.
Read more Ms. Shamika Pender has a great love for people and is full of knowledge and wisdom. She has assisted me on many occasions with locating resources for church and family members in need. She is a strong advocate for the community.
Richmond Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Shamika Pender is an experienced Clinician who administers services with empathy and professionalism. There is no doubt that she will be an incredible asset to your agency.
Read more Shamika Pender is an experienced Clinician who administers services with empathy and professionalism. There is no doubt that she will be an incredible asset to your agency.
Richmond Sep 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Richmond is conveniently located in Shockoe Bottom at the intersection of N. 19th St. and E. Franklin. We share a building with The Superior Production Exchange and Uni Shippers. Across from us, on the other side of E. Franklin is Shockoe Center.

Phone number

(804) 331-2570

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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