Therapy with Adolescents

What's going on with your teenager?

The teen years can bring new challenges to children and parents. More freedom, driving, physical changes, and introductions to an increasingly adult environment can create potential conflict and behavioral changes. Sometimes the last person an adolescent wants to speak with is their own parent or guardian. 

While many teens handle this time of change with only minor difficulty, some may become defiant, engage in self-harm, withdraw, begin struggling with school work, or experience anxiety or depression. And as a result, parents may worry about whether their teenager is okay. A teenager might also be wondering if what they are thinking and feeling is normal or acceptable. Many times, teenagers feel alone and that nobody really understands them or what they're going through. 

I meet teens where they are and don't force them to do anything or say anything. I've worked with teenagers for several years now, and I enjoy their company. I want to hear about their interests and about what's important to them. 

I  work from a strengths-based approach that gives adolescents important tools for growth and development and aids parents and caregivers in continuing to support their child.

Some Treatment Areas Include:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Communication Problems
  • Grief and Loss including Pet Loss
  • Peer Pressure
  • Behavior at Home or School
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • School Stress
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Divorce or Separation Difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Life Transitions
  • Gender and/or Identity Issues
  • Self Esteem and Self Image Problems
  • Nightmares
  • Self-Harm


Please contact me or call 530-507-8647 with questions or to learn more. I offer a free 20-minute consultation by phone. 

2655 Portage Bay E. #4
Davis, CA 95616
ruth@ruthfankushen.com