Children and Teens

Are you struggling to figure out the right way to help your teen?

Do you feel like she doesn’t respect you anymore?

Are you wondering if your teen’s behavior is normal or not?

Parenting is the hardest job in the world and parenting during the adolescent years is the hardest time to be a parent.

We work with parents and with teens. Sometimes this work happens separately and other times we bring in everyone together to help everyone be heard and work through a difficulty that you haven’t been able to do on your own.

The vast majority of parents and teens that see us report that they’ve met the goals that they set out to achieve. Some of the common outcomes for teens include:

  • Doing better in school.
  • Having more friends.
  • Feeling less depressed or anxious.
  • More self confidence.
  • Improved ability to manage and tolerate negative emotions.

For parents a lot of the benefits they describe include:

  • Improved communication and coparenting among the adults.
  • Feeling less alone and isolated.
  • A better connection with their teen.
  • A useful road map and plan for dealing with their teen.
  • Less tension and conflict at home.

Most of the parents that contact us for counseling are good parents with good kids. They’re asking for support because they’re understandably worried about their child or family and not sure what to do. Each of us have been therapists working with teens and families for more than 10 years. Throughout that time we’ve seen all types of families and problems. Some of the more common issues we see on a daily basis include one or more members of the family struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, low self-esteem, grief, family conflict, explosive behavior, school underachievement, lack of friends and drugs or alcohol issues.

We encourage you to trust your instincts and get additional support or perspective regarding your family. We’d be happy to talk with you on the phone to answer any questions you have and help you determine if counseling with us would be the right fit for you and your child.

Call to schedule an appointment.


Or you can email us at:

1318 NW 20th Suite A5     Portland, OR 97209     


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