Expert Teen Therapists in Chicago

Virtual Appointments Available For Teens in Illinois and Colorado.

Is your teen struggling with anxiety, depression, or the challenges of growing up?

Raising a teenager is an incredible journey filled with both joy and challenges, and it can be tough to know when your teen might need a little extra support. Give us a call or fill out an intake form to find out whether therapy could help your teen.  Our therapists are ready to help them navigate life’s challenges and become the healthiest versions of themselves.

When Should You Consider Therapy for Your Teens?

  • Persistent Low Mood

    While everyone feels down occasionally, if your teen seems hopeless or withdrawn for more than a couple of weeks, it could be a sign of depression or anxiety.

  • Changes in Sleep or Eating Habits

    Significant changes in appetite or sleep patterns can be indicators of underlying stress, anxiety, or depression.

  • Social Withdrawal

    Is your teen isolating themselves from friends and family? This could be a sign they’re struggling to cope and could benefit from a therapist’s support.

  • Difficulty Focusing in School

    Many factors can contribute to trouble concentrating, but it’s important to consider if stress, anxiety, or depression might be playing a role.

  • Substance Use

    If your teen is using drugs or alcohol to manage their emotions, it’s a sign of a deeper issue that a therapist can help address.

  • Seeking Personal Growth

    Even if your teen isn’t facing any specific challenges, therapy can be a great way for them to learn more about themselves, develop self-awareness, and gain skills for managing stress, communication, and relationships.

  • Thoughts of Self-Harm or Suicidal Ideation

    If your teen expresses thoughts of hurting themselves or others, please reach out for immediate help. A therapist can provide a safe space and tools to manage these thoughts.

  • Experiencing Trauma

    Trauma can be overwhelming for teens to process alone. A therapist can help them work through what happened and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Topics That Can Be Addressed in Teen Therapy

Help Your Teen Thrive!

As parents, we want nothing more than for our teens to thrive. But sometimes, seeing them struggle can feel overwhelming. Therapy can be a wonderful resource to support both your teen and your family. It provides a safe space for teens to explore their emotions and challenges confidentially. Therapists are trained to guide them through difficult experiences, like anxiety, peer pressure, or family conflict. Most importantly, therapy equips teens with valuable tools to manage stress, build healthy relationships, and boost their confidence. By supporting your teen in seeking therapy, you’re giving them the gift of self-discovery and the tools they need to blossom into happy, well-adjusted young adults.

We take insurance!

We work with several major insurance providers for teen counseling, including:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO
United Health Care

Don’t have insurance? Not a problem! Visit our Payment & Insurance page to see your payment options and to view a full list of accepted insurance providers.

Our Approach to Teen Therapy

Life as a teen can be intense. School, friends, family – it’s a lot to juggle. Our therapists are experts in connecting in this unique life phase to truly understand them and their needs. They can then identify which therapeutic approach or combination of approaches will work best for them.

Art Therapy: If your teen feels like they can’t express themselves with words, art therapy might be a good option. Art therapy lets them unleash their creativity through painting, drawing, or even sculpting! It’s a safe space to explore emotions and gain new perspectives.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy): If your teen struggles with negative thought patterns, CBT can help them identify those thoughts and swap them for more positive ones. It equips teenagers with skills to manage emotions and feel better overall.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy): For many teenagers growing into themselves, they can feel like their emotions are all over the place. DBT teaches super-useful skills like mindfulness to control feelings, handle tough situations with grace, and build strong friendships.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): EMDR is an effective form of therapy for teens who may need help dealing with past traumatic experiences. EMDR can help teens process those memories in a safe and controlled way, reducing their power and letting them move forward feeling stronger.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy: If your teen is anxious about certain situations or gets flashbacks, prolonged exposure can help them gradually confront these challenges in a safe environment, making them less scary and building their confidence.

Psychodynamic Therapy: Sometimes patterns from childhood can hold your teen back. Psychodynamic therapy explores these patterns to help them understand where they come from and break free from negative cycles.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Sometimes, accepting how you feel is the first step to moving on. ACT helps your teen embrace their experiences, commit to what matters most to them, and take action towards a fulfilling life.

Our Holistic Philosophy of Care

Our bodies and minds are intricately connected, fostering a symbiotic relationship. Prioritizing physical health contributes significantly to overall well-being. By making healthy choices, such as maintaining a balanced diet and ensuring adequate sleep, we invest in our holistic wellness.