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Pre-teen & Teen Counseling

Getting through the pre-teen and adolescent years can be overwhelming. Let us help!

Most teens experience difficulties with peer pressure, family conflict, self-esteem, decision making and controlling their emotions. At Lighter Living Counseling, we strive to create a safe and supportive space where teens can feel comfortable enough to open up and talk about what they're going through. 

Since the teenage years can affect the whole family system, I encourage family members to participate in sessions as well. My therapy approach is collaborative, empathetic, supportive, and non-judgmental in order to help your teen and family explore and create sustainable solutions.

What to Expect 

As a parent/guardian, your top priority is making sure your teen is healthy, happy and safe. With teen counseling, we collaborate with you so we can achieve all of the above for your child. Adolescent therapy focuses on the individual and unique needs of your teen, to assure their safety. We also explore the goals of your teen and family in order to equip them to manage their emotions, use positive coping strategies and engage in effective communication skills. The relationships your teen has with their family, friends and self are also a vital part of the therapeutic process.

I’m not sure how to fit therapy in my schedule or how I’ll be able to afford it?

This is a common concern that people have when seeking therapy. I offer a flexible schedule that includes mornings, evenings, and weekend sessions in order to accommodate the high demands of parent’s work/life balance, school, and busy schedules. Therapy is a financial commitment, however, there’s no better investment than investing in your teen's emotional and mental well-being. I am also willing to discuss need-based sliding scale options to accommodate your situation.

Does Insurance Cover Adolescent Therapy?  

Our office does not accept insurance in order to protect your adolescent's confidentiality.

If you would like to use your out of network insurance, I can provide a “superbill” for you to submit to your insurance company. This process is done with the intention that you receive reimbursement based on your plan. If this is something you would like to do, please let me know.

Is My Teen’s Counseling Confidential?

If your child is under the age of 18, you have a right to be informed on your teen’s therapeutic process. However, I practice a confidential approach with my teenage clients in order to build rapport and therapeutic trust. If teenagers know that everything they say in the therapy is being communicated with their parents or guardians, it can keep them from opening up. They are much less likely to talk about issues that are private and important to them, which can hinder their progress.

Limitations to this confidentiality are as follows:

– If the clinician determines the teenager to be at a high risk for suicide, severe self-harm, or homicide/the intent to harm others, the therapist will need to break confidentiality with the teen at this time in order to assure the safety of the teen and others. The necessary steps to keep the teenager and others safe will be taken.

– I am also legally mandated to report child abuse and neglect. If the teenager discloses any instances of child abuse or neglect a report is legally required to be made by the therapist to the Florida Child Abuse Hotline for further investigation by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Get Your Teen The Support They Deserve!

If you would like to learn more about Pre-teen/Teen Counseling or want to schedule a session with me, call (954) 228-0803 today. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss all of your questions and concerns, as well as get to know you and your teen’s goals for their own therapy process. I'm looking forward to connecting with you and your teen!