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We understand the issues that impact teens, from isolation to self-confidence, anxiety and more. We truly love working with teens.  In fact, we all chose to specialize in it. We speak English, Spanish, Mandarin and a few others. We are all licensed therapists in California. And we all have 5+ years of experience. 

Carla Felten

School

University of Denver, Master’s in Social Work Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor’s in Social Work University of Wollongong, Australia, Sociology study abroad

License

LCSW #82350 Expires 10/31/2021

Years of Experience

7

I’m Carla (she/hers) and a California native. I love traveling, animals, writing, music, and boxing. In my travels, my favorite part has been meeting wonderful folk in random places and hearing their stories. I have worked with/learned from children, youth, adults, and families who have experienced trauma, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, identity struggles... and I’m always amazed at people’s capacity for healing and joy amidst difficult times. In my own journey of healing, I’m grateful for people who shared skills and tools for me to adapt to my needs. It’s my hope to provide similar opportunities with others and have a shared experience of self-discovery and growth.

We all have emotions, needs, passions, and hopes; we all deserve to be seen and heard. And we all have unique identities which can shape our experiences and impact how we are treated. If you want to learn about yourself and strengthen/manifest healthy, supportive, and intentional relationships, it would be an honor to provide a space for you to do that. I use family-integrated and attachment approaches in understanding our beliefs and explore areas of hurt within yourself/relationships that need healing. We will also explore how our mind/brain, body, and spirit are connected and can be influenced to meet (or hijack!) our needs. You are driving this process as it is YOUR life – I offer to walk alongside and share ideas for you to try.

Why I love working with teens

I describe adolescence as the stage of balancing fragility and vulnerability with power/control and influence. Adolescents are starting to choose the directions of their lives and are still impacted by the choices of others who have authority over them. This can be such a confusing time, and yet I’m always amazed with teens who so clearly know who they are and/or are unapologetically figuring it out. I love seeing adolescents live out their truths and I am grateful to have a chance supporting them in making the most out of their lives and changing the world around them.

"You provide a safe place for me to share things easily. I feel like you really listen and don't judge me. "

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-informed care, Family Relationships, Teen violence

Also experienced with

Coping skills, Lifestyle coaching, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, LGBTQ+, Animal Assisted Therapy; Foster Care/Adoption

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Family Systems, Attachment; EMDR

Raymond Chung

School

California Baptist University, Master's in Counseling Psychology

License

LMFT #106455

Years of Experience

5

Hello,
My name is Ray and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a counselor I have worked with adolescents in the public and private school settings. My main hobby currently is to go deep sea fishing. One small fact about me is that no one can beat me in a game of connect 4.

When I became a counselor, I was informed by many colleagues that working with adolescents was the most difficult and not fun to deal with. As I grew in the counseling world, I not only realized how fun it was to work with adolescents, but also humbling at times. Adolescents, that I've experienced, can be blunt, intelligent, introspective, and able to call out the adult's nonsense. Adolescents also are in this weird stage where they might want to still be a child, but also be treated like an adult from their family members. I love being able to work with these adolescents to give them a place to speak freely of their frustrations and also validate the areas they are not being validated.

Why I love working with teens

Because adolescents are in a unique place where they must juggle the expectations of school, peers, and family life, it can be very stressful. Also, with the fast-paced world of social media added, it can make an adolescent's life even more stressful. I provide a judgement free zone where you can meet with me and talk about things that might be hard for you to talk about elsewhere.

"I'm able to talk with Ray comfortably without having to worry about being judged or punished." - 17 year old Male

Specialty areas

Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care

Also experienced with

Self-harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing

Idalis Morrow

School

Chapman University, Masters in Psychology

License

LMFT #122307 (Expires: 10-31-2022)

Years of Experience

5

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and continuing my education. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and overall family dynamics. It would be my pleasure to work with you and your family in improving communication, overcoming trauma, and focusing on the issues that cause you distress and do not allow you to be the best version of yourself. I utilize various modalities such as Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and several others to help each person meet their desired goal through a specialized treatment plan that will meet your specific needs. I am currently working on my Doctoral in Psychology which I hope to have completed in the next two years.

I offer a safe place where feelings, ideas, and concerns could be shared. A place where no subject is off limits and where your voice could be heard. I work with clients that are experiencing depression, anxiety, or simply are struggling with communicating with their peers or caregivers. My approach utilizes various modalities to help each person individually meet their goals. I meet each person where they’re at, and together we work on goals and a treatment plan that will bring about the desire change. It is my pleasure to work with you and together create a more positive and healthier way of looking at your self, others, and the world around you.

Why I love working with teens

I love working with adolescents because I am able to help them navigate through difficult times during one of the most crucial periods in their lives. The adolescent developmental stage is full of self exploration, self discovery, autonomy, and a time where their identity is being formed. Being part of an adolescent’s journey is rewarding and gratifying.

From an adolescent’s thank you note: “Thank you for giving me the time and the space to being heard for the first time”.

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Family Relationships, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Trauma-informed care, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Vera Liao

School

California State University Sacramento, Master's in Marriage Family and Child Counseling; University of Oregon, BS in Psychology ; Aletheia University, BA in Business Administration

License

LMFT#49320 (Expires: 2022-7-31)

Years of Experience

15

Hello! I’m Vera (she/她) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I’m an Asian immigrant and mother of two who was born in Taiwan (13 hours flight time from San Francisco). I am multilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese. My identity and life story formed my dedication to offering inclusive, culturally affirming, stigma-fee therapy services. With my 15 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations in California, I offer a safe and culturally responsive care and I support all identities and abilities in all bodies deserve equal access to quality mental health care. When not at work, I enjoy traveling to cultivate authentic experiences and have been to China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Canada, and Mexico.

You are not alone for what you are experiencing now, and it is perfectly okay to feel how you are feeling! I believe everyone was born perfectly imperfect; however, we live in the world that "it is never enough!” When you are feeling lost acknowledge and accept how you're feeling, it's time to take compassionate care of yourself and seek out help from a professional trained therapist. I understand seeking counseling or therapy can be a vulnerable process and getting the right help can become an overwhelming task. I encourage you to find a therapist who matches your needs and identities. I’d like to help you connect with your most authentic self, and re-build skills you have within to improve your relationship with self and with others.

Why I love working with teens

It could be a tough transition from being a child to an adolescent with not only changes in physical appearance, but also self-identity, relationship, expectation, and responsibilities from self to others. Helping teens is the most rewarding job I can think of. Teens motivate me to be a better person and therapist with what I’ve admired most of teenager’s energetic, creative, honest, flexible, and resilient. I love that no single day at work is the same and the counseling approach for each teen is always different. This is because I don’t only focus on the difficulties you are having, I focus on your strengths, and I always take into consideration your identities, personality, what they have impacted on your life.

" I was so scared and lost when my parents telling me that they found me a therapist. I had no ideas what was that meant and why I needed to talk to a stranger about my problem. Now, I feel much better and healthier because Vera helped me to walk through a therapeutic journey where I've learned my most authentic self and found the strengths I have to deal with others and problem I have. She is not only a therapist to me, but also a good listener and mentor!"

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Family Relationships

Also experienced with

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Technology / internet overuse, Lifestyle coaching, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Teen violence, LGBTQ+

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Eileen Mckenzie

School

St Mary’s College BA Psychology, JFK University Master’s in Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT #34655 Expires 05/31/2021

Years of Experience

22

I use compassion and authenticity to connect with clients and build a therapeutic alliance. The work is collaborative and the relationship is at the center of change in the healing process. I work with students with peer related issues, phase of life issues, social skills, emotional regulation, anxiety, and mood disorders, grief and loss. In my free time I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

The ideal client would be a teen that is struggling to connect with people and is experiencing phase of life issues. The client’s issues would be experiencing loneliness and not knowing how to reach out for help. The client’s goals would be to reconnect with people and to learn to reach out for help. I would be able to provide a safe and secure environment to develop a better understanding of what is creating the emotional issues. I would want to understand the dynamic between friends and family. I would provide compassion and understanding and meet the patient where they are. We would together create a plan that would alleviate their ongoing symptoms of distress, loneliness, and phase of life issues.

Why I love working with teens

I love working with adolescents because I have had positive experiences working with this particular age group. I have been able to help them create new coping skills so they can deal with a variety of mental health issues. I think is important to develop these skills early in life. I think it is important to let them know they are not alone and to help them develop a strong sense of self. There are many challenges during the adolescent years. I find rewarding to provide support during these critical years.

"Eileen is a very good listener!"

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Stress, Trauma-informed care, Coping skills, Technology / internet overuse, Peer Relationships, Sleep or Insomnia

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Psychodynamic, Family Systems

Claudia Estrada

School

Hope International Unversity, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapist

License

LMFT #110957 (Expires: 2020-31-12)

Years of Experience

6

Hello! My name is Claudia Estrada. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has a genuine passion for her clients. Most, if not all, of my work experience has been with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings and roles (i.e. caregiver, respite worker, tutor, ABA Therapist, paraprofessional, mentor, group home staff, and therapist). Growing up I experienced some traumatic events which drove me to want to give back to my community as a mental health provider and advocate. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and social phobia, I have a strong passion for helping others learn the tools that are needed to overcome any challenges that might come their way.

As a therapist, I strive to make my clients feel comfortable when working with me in the therapeutic setting. My therapeutic style is a combination of CBT, client-centered, humanistic, solution-focused with emphasis on positive mindset. Overall, I work on meeting my client where they are at to work our way up to becoming the best version of themselves. As someone who has experienced trauma, anxiety and depression in life I love working with individuals who have also faced similar challenges in life because I feel that they feel better understood and connected with me as their therapist. I will work with you and help you develop the skills/tolls that are needed to overcome those challenges, struggles, and barriers.

Why I love working with teens

I love to work with adolescents because they are at a stage in their life where they are most vulnerable and need the most guidance in their life. It is at this age that they need to have positive role models and people that truly care for them and will accept them without feeling judged or criticized. It is at this age in life that they struggle with their own identity and are at a power struggle with trying to figure out who and what they want out of life.

"I like that fact that you understand me and I can connect with you. I feel comfortable talking to you becuase I know that I will not be judged." "You truly have made an impact in my life and for that I am greatful."

Specialty areas

Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Depression, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Solution-Focused

Wendy Youngsmith

School

Alliant International University, MA Marriage and Family Therapy

License

LMFT #121278 Exp. 8/31/2022

Years of Experience

10

I came to the world of therapy after trying on a few careers, including teaching, advertising and journalism. The common thread for me was always a passion for peoples' stories about themselves and the world, and how this influences their growth, behavior and relationships. As it turns out, I care much more about the people telling those stories than about selling them things, or improving their grammar, so here I am! I continue to find inspiration in books, music and movement, and enjoy helping others find healing through their unique passions and strengths.

In the last decade, I have been fortunate to serve teens/transition age youth and their families in a variety of settings (school based, foster/adoption, substance abuse, psychosis, inpatient and outpatient). I've sat with high achievers struggling with perfectionism, and worked through depression where brushing teeth in the morning was a success. I've journeyed with clients through intense trauma, and shared their joys as they learn to integrate their stories and own their strengths. It's important to me to meet people where they are, to listen, help them define their own goals, and grow their unique strengths. I use a variety of tools, including CBT, narrative therapy, humanistic/client focused and family systems to cater to individual needs.

Why I love working with teens

From a cognitive perspective: I continue to find adolescence to be one of the most interesting and diverse developmental stages, both for individuals and for families. It is full of self-exploration and redefining, explosions in brain development, changes in social structures, launching into adulthood--and all of this can be challenging! From an emotional (and perhaps truer perspective): I just KNOW that teens/young adults are my population. I enjoy being in the room (physical or virtual) with them. Teens are funny, smart, creative and expressive. I have so much fun saying back to them the wisdom they haven't heard they've spoken and empowering them in their strengths.

From a thank you note: "I needed that space to fall apart, and have you help put me back together to get through my day. You pushed me to be better at communicating with my teachers and parents. I'm not sure they hear me still, but at least I said things I wouldn't have normally. Thank you for helping me see things could get better, and helping me to get what I needed."

Specialty areas

Depression, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Family Relationships, School Issues

Also experienced with

Stress, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, LGBTQ+, adoption/foster and attachment

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Stacy Elliott

School

California Institute of Integral Studies, Master's in Somatic Psychology

License

LMFT #51666 (Ex 2021-11-30)

Years of Experience

13

I am originally from the Midwest but have now lived in California for 20+ years. I love the west coast and all it has to offer in nature and city life. I enjoy hiking, camping, knitting, dancing, spending time with friends and I desire to travel. While obtaining my Bachelors degree in Chicago, I studied contemporary dance. I found that through movement and bodily expression came deep understanding of the connection between the body/mind/spirit. This led me to San Francisco to obtain my masters in Somatic Psychology at CIIS.

I offer a safe environment where sensitive issues can be explored and tangible tools implemented for making positive changes. Maybe you are experiencing challenges in relationships at home or at school. Maybe you suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress. I will help you discover new resources within yourself so you are empowered to live your life more fully. My approach incorporates the whole person, not just your thinking but how you experience your challenges and issues and organize your body-mind in relationship to them. I offer many body-centered tools as well as art interventions, play therapy, CBT, mindfulness and coping skill building. My approach is strengths based and client centered from a psychodynamic background.

Why I love working with teens

I feel strongly that young people can benefit from therapy often more easily than adults. Young people can be open to new ideas and beginning to formulate their identity. I feel honored to work with adolescents and help guide them to feeling more grounded in themselves and the world around them.

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-informed care, Peer Relationships, School Issues

Also experienced with

Stress, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Family Relationships, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, LGBTQ+

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Psychodynamic

Carrie Cooper

School

Pepperdine University, Master's in Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT43208 12/31/2021

Years of Experience

20

I grew up in a military family and traveled around the world. I love animals and I love talking to people. I constantly moved from place to place and had a wide range of friendships from different backgrounds. I believe my experience with moving helped me overcome my shyness and become more confident in building relationships. I now help others to improve their relationships and cope with the stresses life can give us.

"The clients I typically work with have depression or anxiety. They are looking for relief, and want a professional to help them. I teach clients coping skills and a method to decrease the unwanted feelings they are experiencing. If you improve your relationships, then typically you can access more support and this can be helpful as well. Let me help you with my experience in life and with my education to help you find ways to cope with what you are going through; perhaps change your perspective on things troubling you, and hopefully find ways to improve your mood.

Why I love working with teens

I love working with adolescents because they are in a transitional type place in their live. This can be both an exciting and stressful time for someone, and I enjoy being there for a teen during this time of their life. It can be hard to open up to adults and get the help you need as an adolescent, so I try to be that person for teens.

"You have helped me so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Family Relationships

Also experienced with

Peer Relationships, School Issues, ADHD and Autism

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Psychodynamic

Roberto Parris

School

Vangard University, Masters in Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT #85667 (Expires: 2022-07-31)

Years of Experience

5

Hello and welcome! I am a licensed marriage family therapist who sees life as a classroom in becoming a better version of ourselves. I have come to believe that we all have the ability to reach our full potential. Yet sometimes, when we encounter life's not so pleasant experiences, the ability to rise to our full potential becomes stifled. Through my life's journey (8 years of pursuing a dance career, backpacking across western Europe, and obtaining 3 professional degrees) I have a more profound understanding of life as a teaching platform. All of which has lead me to pursue a path in helping others find emotional freedom and a life of possibility.

As a practicing therapist working with adolescents, my approach and methods in creating safe space with clients allow them to develop emotional freedom and healthy tools to navigate through tough situations. My work with my clients is integrative, multicultural, and solutions-focused driven. I have experience in counseling adolescents in managing their emotional health, peer-relationships, and setting educational goals while navigating through the turbulent school years. I have also worked with adolescents in an in-patient psych facility providing crisis intervention, group therapy, and coping skill management. I am eager to learn about your life story and support you in accomplishing your goals

Why I love working with teens

I enjoy working with teenagers because I believe the adolescent years are the beginning stages of finding one's purpose and passion in life. During my adolescent years, it was challenging to find the emotional support I needed in order to explore my emotional issues and discovering the things I wanted out of life. Over the years I gained the support I needed and realized how important having space "to figure ones-self out" is key in teenage development. Thus, a majority of my therapeutic work has been focused on teenagers in creating an environment for emotional healing and personal development.

Specialty areas

Depression, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, School Issues, Lifestyle Coaching

Also experienced with

Anxiety, Stress, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming, LGBTQ+

Therapeutic approaches

Motivational Interviewing, Client-centered, Psychodynamic

Jacob Cordero

School

UCLA BA Psychology; Cal Lutheran MS Counseling Psychology

License

LMFT #117162 (Expires: 2022-31-01)

Years of Experience

6

The way that I live is intentional and by design to maximize my ability to enjoy life. As a sample of what I do, I work at a job that makes me feel fulfilled as a human being. I get paid to help others overcome life difficulties and achieve balance and self-determination. I take earnings from my job, try to live beneath my means (no new car), and save money to achieve my short and long-term goals. I work out doing cardio/strength-training and eat healthy (focusing on heavily reducing simple carbs like sugar). This and many other intentional behaviors are based on science to promote well-being long-term. Of course, I can get hit by a bus tomorrow, but I have the recipe to feel fulfillment and am enjoying life...

I want to serve those individuals that seek to become a better version of themselves...those who want a sense of fulfillment. I have experienced trauma, anxiety, and depression—to name a few of my troubles—and have felt confused not knowing how to overcome my situation. I know that as humans we wish to feel connected, supported, and secure in our life; however, oftentimes it seems that nobody is there, or they may not understand, or judge us, so we try to deal on our own—that is where lack of guidance and support works against us. I’m here to help. I have much life experience that includes times of feeling hopeless and helpless and believe to have knowledge on how to overcome life difficulties. I am here for you.

Why I love working with teens

One of the most profound recommendations that I have received when pondering which population to serve is a simple one, i.e., focus. I have focused on specializing in providing counseling therapy to adolescents and feel capable of understanding the dilemmas for this stage in life (for some reason I still feel able to access my adolescent identity experience—trauma or something). Everyone should be able to formulate life goals and be able to work towards overcoming obstacles to achieve goals. Years of work with adolescents has allowed me to work collaboratively with my clients to identify goals and formulate plans to best execute their objectives. I use my life experience and the knowledge I have borrowed from others to help youth overcome.

“He’s like my older brother and my good friend”

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Stress, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, Sleep or Insomnia

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing

Katherine Page

School

Aurora University - George Williams School of Social Work, Master's in Social Work

License

LCSW #24000 (Expiration: 10/31/2020)

Years of Experience

18

Hello! Thank you for taking a look at my profile. Let me take a moment and introduce myself and share some fun facts. I am a young 40 something therapist who has lived in three different places on the globe. I enjoy spending time in nature, smudging (cleansing my surrounding), surfing, traveling, creating, and hanging out with my young children (5 and 8). My husband is pretty great too. An unusual fact about me is that I have webbed toes, and my son does too. Now let's get into the professional details. I often joke with students that I have been stuck in middle school for decades. If you have made it through middle school, congratulations! As you may have experienced there are a lot of tough issues that come up during this time. Suicidal ideations, bullying, cutting, threats, the list is long. I share that here to let you know that I have a lot of experience with many of these issues. My other hat is that I have been working as an on-line therapist since 2016. Many of my clients have been adolescents and their families. Many of my clients express that I am relatable and they enjoy working with me.

My style of therapy combines classic approaches, such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, humanistic, motivational interviewing, with body centered philosophies including yoga (completed teacher training in 2007), trauma release exercises, and bioenergetics (completed 2 years of training). The skills I have learned through my education and training's have allowed me to help many individuals who are effected with depression, loss, anxiety, trauma and individuals who are going through a difficult transition.Whatever brought you here today, I would be honored to help you through it. I believe that you have the ability to feel better and be happy, I would like to help you connect with that ability. Therapy is a unique experience which can help someone make subtle or vast improvements in their life. Making the choice to "show up" is the first and sometimes hardest part. As a therapist, my goal is to help you explore your own thoughts and emotions to understand how they effect your current situation by building your capacity to overcome the challenges you experience. I look forward to joining you on that journey.

Why I love working with teens

In high school, a school social worker took the time to check-in with me and asked questions that allowed me to be heard and seen. I was going through a difficult time and was the type of person who didn't show it externally. But her effort had such an effect on me that I choose to "pay it forward" and go into a profession where I could have a daily opportunity to do the same for others. It has been a very rewarding career and I learn something new with every client.

Katherine has been helping me with my teenager. I find her to be insightful, thoughtful and knowledgable about the situation we are in. She checks in with me, the parent, to keep me informed of how she is progressing with my teenager whilst still respecting her privacy. Katherine also supports me through this process which has been very appreciated. C.L. on Jun 24, 2019 after counseling with Katherine for 3 weeks

by M.A. on Oct 25, 2019 after counseling with Katherine for 2 months
Katherine is great, very understanding and supportive and understands the mind of teenagers very well.

Mrs. Page is rad, she makes therapy something that I look forward to and I know I am getting a lot out of the strategies. It has made a big impact on my life. - Alex - 12/3/2019

Specialty areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Coping skills

Also experienced with

Sexuality, Technology / internet overuse, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Client-centered

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