Teen Counseling

Teen Counseling

Adolescent Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Self Harm, Addiction

Individually structured treatment plan with teens and their families.  Debra has a unique dual skill set bridging clinical counseling in mental health & certified health counseling modalities, school counselor and national speaker on mental health issues, brain health.  Using CBT, Collaborative Problem Solving, mindfulness techniques adapted from Harvard Medical School.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Offers patients the opportunity to work on their dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs. These beliefs can either support recovery or support the existing disorder.  By changing the way that patients think about their self, body, food, relationships etc. recovery can be strengthened.

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Effectively teaches skills through collaboration and trains the brain to problem solve, increase flexibility, reduce frustration compassionately.  It’s skill not will in relating to others.

DIR/Floortime® is a play-based intervention that builds functional emotional developmental capacities that encourages relationships.



COACHING:  Teens work on issues that focuses on strengths and internal strategies to achieve personal success.  A teen life coach assists in supporting teens to manage their lives by shifting their perspectives, learn empathy and create goals.  Personal accountability, core values and problem solving using a positive psychology model giving them breathing room from self doubt.

COUNSELING:  Focusing on mental health issues, managing stress, self harm, addiction, anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, family life, relationships and or illness. Teens are at a disadvantage most of the time as they potentially don’t have a lot of power or choices in their world.

Many struggle with poor decision making while striving for independence.  Peer pressure, academics, identity, status among their friends, family life, stress and hormones is what dominates their world.

Empowering teens to make the right choices learning stress management, minimizing risky behavior and psychoeducation in mental health concerns are part of the programs.

If you or a family member are struggling with concerns about a teen, seek support and make these year’s positive memories that will lead to future success

Teen Depression

Signs of Teenage Depression:

Teenage depression goes far beyond moodiness and a bad attitude. Teen Depression is a serious matter and needs treatment. 2 out of 10 teens will experience depression. Depression can lead to drugs, alcohol, reckless behaviors, violence, self injury, eating disorders, self esteem deterioration, suicidal thoughts.

A healthy view of growing into adulthood with leadership skills and a strong psychological mind is possible. If you are a parent, friend, teacher there are many things you can do to help.

Watch for signs and call for a consultation:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Apathy; Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of suicide

Addiction Recovery Specialist


Specializing in addiction treatment after care through private, confidential recovery coaching.  Debra’s unique skill set in mental health counseling and personal coaching allows teens to benefit from both modalities.

Dedicated to helping families with teen addiction through intensive outpatient treatment services or individual or group therapy for teens and their families with varying degrees of addiction issues.

Creating a safe place to address addiction and behaviors.   Psychological counseling, mental health evaluations, work in conjunction with medical doctors, psychiatrist if needed, incorporating daily or weekly psychotherapy, educational psycho-social programs, stress management, nutrition, meditation and boot camp courses available.