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Counseling for Teens

Is it becoming harder to motivate your teen to get out of bed in the morning or participate in what used to be their favorite hobbies or extracurricular activities?

Do they seem overwhelmed, hopeless, or depressed when talking about the future?

Is their anxiety affecting their performance in school or their ability to make friends?

Are you as a parent feeling lost and guilty because you don’t know what to do to help them?

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Being a teenager is hard. Between factors like trying to fit in with their peers, navigating first relationships and breakups, and experiencing bullying or peer isolation at school, the social aspect of their lives is unquestionably hectic. On top of that, teens are expected to make big life decisions, such as what they want to do for a career, where they’re thinking of going to college, and whether or not going to college is even the right path for them.

Teens are also in the process of going through a huge amount of personal growth and development. They are forming their own opinions, emotions, and beliefs and developing a sense of self. Through this shift, relationships between teens and their parents can become strained as they crave more independence. They may feel like nobody understands what they are going through which may cause an intense amount of anxiety.

Navigating all of this at once – on top of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and other obligations – becomes overwhelming and stressful to many teens. When this stress begins to affect their daily lives, however, it may be a sign that something more serious is going on.


Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Teens

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Your teen may be experiencing…

  • Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and despair about the future
  • Irritability and impatience
  • Low self-esteem or body image
  • Decreased motivation to attend school or do schoolwork
  • Extreme nervousness or anxiety that prevents them from being able to enjoy regular activities (such as going out with a group of friends)
  • Extreme fatigue/exhaustion or insomnia
  • Confusion about who they are
  • Thoughts of suicide and self-harm


Counseling for Teens is a Proven Way to Help

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We have a team of expert clinicians who are passionate about helping your teen. Our staff comes from a wide array of specialties to help each client overcome whatever it is that they are going through. By collaborating with each unique individual in a judgment-free, compassionate environment, we strive to foster emotional and personal growth and promote positive change and wellbeing through counseling.

Your teen may feel self-conscious, insecure, or nervous about attending counseling, and that is completely normal!  What is important for both them and you to understand is that mental health issues are more common in teens than many people realize. Even more importantly, they are treatable. Counseling is a proven way to see improvement.  


Counseling Can Help Teens Through a Variety of Difficult Situations

Therapy for teens is proven to help with help:

  • Feelings of depression, anxiousness, or hopelessness about the future
  • Loss of motivation to attend school or do schoolwork
  • Big life changes such as their parents’ divorce, the transition from middle to high school, or switching to a new school altogether
  • Loss a loved one or an important relationship
  • Conflicts between teens and parents
  • Uncertain self-identity or low self-esteem
  • Social anxiety when interacting with peers
  • Academic difficulties


Parents Role in Your Teen’s Counseling

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At McNulty Counseling and Wellness, we understand the importance of family dynamics and how powerful of an impact your role as a parent can have on your teen’s emotional state of mind. Parents come to us feeling like they’ve tried everything only to feel more distance from their child. Our clinicians will give you parent consultation throughout the process of therapy so that you have a better understanding of normal teenage behaviors and emotions and how you as a parent can shift from a “director” to a “facilitator” role to foster an independent, self-reliant, and responsible teenager who is fully capable of thriving on their own. College is coming soon so what you do in these most formative years will give your teenager the best chance at success. There is no guide book to parenting teenagers so let us help you.


Counseling for Teens in St. Petersburg, FL

We are here to help meet the mental health needs of teenagers in the St. Petersburg, FL area. Whether your teen is finding it hard to balance their multiple obligations, struggling to make friends, or experiencing feelings of low-self esteem, depression, or anxiety, we want to help them feel better. Call McNulty Counseling at today to begin the journey to recovery!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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