Teen Therapy & Counseling in Charlotte, NC


    Helping Teenagers Navigate Life's Obstacles

    “Is this normal?” This is the question that many parents have as their kids grow into teenagers.

    Maybe you’re wondering why your teenager suddenly does not want to talk to you as much, and it feels like pulling teeth to get a word out of them.

    Or you might be confused about why your once happy-go-lucky child constantly looks sad, upset, having emotional outbursts, or more sarcastic remarks the older they get.

    Adolescents might have similar questions. Thoughts of “Why am I like this…?”, or “Why do I suddenly feel intense emotions more often?” or even “Why am I feeling alone/weird/uncomfortable in my own skin?”

    Changes, worries and insecurities are part of a natural stage of life for adolescents. Being a teenager is very demanding!

    The brain is still developing, and the growing pains of finding who they are, who their friends are, and how they relate to others can bring up many questions and challenges at this time.

    Whether you’re a parent seeking therapy for your teen or a teenager in need of support, our licensed therapists are here to guide you towards positive change and growth.

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    How Will Your Teen Benefit From Therapy?

    As teenagers navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, they may encounter various mental health challenges. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 13% of teenagers between age 9 and 19 have experienced a mental health disorder. Additionally, many teenagers struggle with anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, educational difficulties, and risk-taking behaviors. While these challenges can be difficult to overcome on their own, therapy provides a safe and supportive space for teenagers to work through their emotions and develop coping skills.

    Providing Emotional Support

    Adolescence is a time of significant emotional growth and development. However, it can also be a time of intense emotional turmoil. We are here to provide a supportive environment where teenagers can express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or pushback.

    Building Coping Skills

    We also assist teenagers in developing healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges. This can include learning relaxation techniques, coming up with problem-solving strategies, reframing negative self-talk, and using communication skills.

    Improving Relationships

    In therapy, teenagers can improve their relationships with family members, friends, and other important people in their lives. By learning effective communication and conflict resolution skills, teenagers can build stronger, healthier relationships that can improve their overall well-being.

    Assisting with Early Intervention

    By seeking therapy early, teenagers can learn to manage their mental health concerns before they become more severe. This can help prevent more serious mental health issues from developing later in life.

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    Evidence-Based Therapies to Help Teenagers Thrive

    We support these goals through use of therapies that are grounded in scientific research, including neuroscience hacks to help your teen regulate their nervous systems. These therapies include:

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
    Somatic Attachment Therapy
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT)

    Meet ChangeWell Psych's Therapists

    Leia Charnin, Ph.D.

    Licensed Psychologist

    Talley Mortara, LMFTA

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

    Aliya Saulson, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Emily Soukhanouvong, Psy.D.

    Licensed Psychologist


    Frequently Asked Questions (For Parents)

    Can my teen benefit from therapy?

    Yes! Therapy can help teens develop coping skills, improve their self-esteem, and work through emotional or behavioral challenges.

    What are some common issues that teens seek therapy for?

    Some common issues that teens seek therapy for include anxiety, depression, ADHD, relationship issues, identity exploration (including gender and sexual orientation exploration), substance abuse, and trauma. We have therapists that are suited to address more severe behavioral challenges such as self injurious behaviors.

    How do I know if my teen needs therapy?

    If your teen is experiencing emotional or behavioral problems interfering with their daily life, it may be a good idea to consider therapy. Signs that your teen may benefit from therapy include changes in mood or behavior, difficulty with school or friendships, and persistent negative thoughts or beliefs, as well as withdrawing and excluding themselves from things that normally bring them joy.

    How do I talk to my teen about therapy?

    It’s important to be open and honest with your teen about why you think therapy may be helpful and to let them know that you are there to support them. You can also involve your teen in the process of finding a therapist and let them choose someone they feel comfortable talking to. If you are not sure whether your teen and therapist would be a good fit, we do offer free initial consultations so your teen can become comfortable and get a feel of how they can experience therapy with one of us.

    What if my teen tried therapy before and hated it? What if my teen hasn't changed or has gotten worse?

    Therapy is a process that takes time and effort, no matter your age. Be patient with your teenager and encourage them to stick with it even if they sometimes feel discouraged. The pacing of therapy can be adjusted to meet your teen at their level of readiness to do deeper, more challenging growth work. With that said, therapists are trained to explore what is getting in the way of therapy and how to make therapy work for your teen.


    Frequently Asked Questions (For Teenagers)

    What can I talk about in therapy?

    Absolutely anything, therapy is meant to be a non-judgemental, supportive place and space to talk about things that matter to you. There may be times when we encourage you to try and practice skills or look at some things through a different perspective

    Will my parents have to join me in session?

    For the most part, in individual therapy, the answer is no. However, there may be times when we bring parents into session, usually with the goal of seeing how they can better support your needs.

    Will you tell my parents everything that goes on in our talks together?

    The short and sweet answer is no. Therapy is meant to be private for teens, with some exceptions. Therapists are required to maintain confidentiality, but they may be required to break confidentiality (like let your parents know some information you shared) if there is a risk of safety and/or harm to yourself or someone else.

    I don't like coming in person. Am I able to do virtual therapy?

    We offer therapy virtually too! Although depending on some circumstances, we can discuss whether coming into the office may be more helpful for you.

    I saw [insert mental health concern] on TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, or other social media. Do I have that? Can we talk about it in therapy?

    We are open to talking about all the social media mental health related-things that come up in therapy as well! If you’re simply curious or straight up worried about something that relates to you, we can talk about it and explore whether this information is helpful, hurtful, or unrelated to your concerns.


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