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Therapy for Teens

Counseling in Charlotte, NC for Teens ages 13-17

Adolescence brings on some of the most rapid and intense change we experience at any point in our lifetimes. Navigating all of it while still maintaining academic performance, participation in extracurriculars, and positive relationships with both family members and peers is a tall order to say the least.

It is no surprise that during this time, many young people need our compassion, understanding, and openness to their point of view as much as they need guidance and appropriate limits. Below we share the reasons why Therapy may be right for your teen and what to expect at Charlotte Women's Counseling.

How do I know if therapy is right for me or my child?

If you’re a teenager or a parent of one and you’re trying to figure out whether this space is right for you or your child, here are some things to look out for:


  • Frequent moodiness, irritability, or mood swings

  • Lashing out in anger

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Decline in academic performance

  • Avoiding or refusing to attend situations that are uncomfortable

  • Frequent crying

  • Excessive worrying (generally, or about social situations)

  • Thoughts or statements reflecting low self-esteem or self-worth

  • Anxiety or panic attacks

  • Reduced appetite 

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or inappropriate guilt

  • Thoughts or statements of wanting to harm self or others

What to Expect at Charlotte Women's Counseling: 

We understand that seeking help for your child can feel overwhelming and uncertain. We’re here to provide guidance and support every step of the way. Below, we outline what you can expect as you embark on this journey with us.


 1. Initial Contact: Let’s Get Started 

When you first reach out to us, our caring staff will chat with you briefly to understand your needs and concerns. We’re here to listen and offer assistance in any way we can.


 2. Intake Session: Getting to Know You 

During the intake session, parents will meet with our therapist in a safe and supportive environment. This is a time for us to understand the challenges your child is facing and gather important background information. 


3. Clinical Assessment Session: Exploring Together 

Within five business days, we’ll come together for a clinical assessment session. This session involves parents, children, and our therapist. Together, we’ll explore the present problem, set common goals, and observe the dynamics between parent and child. *The parent may be present for the full session, or a portion of the session; this is client dependent.


4. Ongoing Therapy: Supporting Your Journey 

Throughout the therapy process, we’ll work collaboratively with you and your child. Joint sessions with parent and child, and/or individual sessions for parents will be scheduled as needed. At a minimum these sessions will be scheduled once for every eight sessions held with the child.


5. Additional Information: Providing Compassionate Care

Our goal is to empower both parents and children in the therapeutic process, fostering a sense of collaboration and balance in the parent-child relationship. Our team is dedicated to creating a safe and nurturing environment for your family. We keep parents informed of how treatment is progressing, relaying information that is necessary to keep your teen safe and supported while also ensuring that their confidentiality is respected.

6. Supporting Forms: Starting Your Journey

To begin the therapeutic journey, we’ll provide you with important forms to review and sign. These include informed consent, confidentiality agreements, questionnaires and treatment plan agreements.


If you’re ready to take the first step towards healing and growth for your child, we’re here to support you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We’re committed to providing compassionate care and support to you and your family every step of the way. Let’s work together to help your child thrive.


Meet Erica Ardern, our Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, who works with our amazing teen population.

Reach out to Nicole, our Practice Manager, for assistance with additional questions at: or (704) 313-3088.

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