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“Adolescence is a border between childhood and adulthood.  Like all borders, it's teeming with energy and fraught with danger.”  

- Mary Pipher, Ph.D.


It’s perfectly “normal” and typical for adolescence to be a time of emotional and behavioral strife for developing children as well as their parents, who are often along for the ride.  Teenagers crave and need both their independence and the safety-net of childhood. Westchester Parenting therapists understand the developmental tasks and goals of adolescence: to safely navigate peer relationships, be socially responsible, develop a set of values to help guide behavior and become more self-sufficient. We help teens build confidence and create personally-tailored coping strategies. 


Successful evidence-based interventions we offer for this age group include talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness training. In addition, to ensure a collaborative approach to all interventions, we consult with parents, caregivers, school staff and other professionals.


Westchester Parenting can help with:


  • Academic Stress

  • Adolescent Risk Taking (e.g. alcohol and substance use)

  • Anxiety/Worry (e.g. social anxiety, test anxiety, OCD, phobias)

  • Assertiveness/ Self-esteem

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • College Application Process/Transition to College

  • Depression/Sadness

  • Emotional Dysregulation/Anger Management

  • Executive Functioning

  • Family Dynamics

  • Gender Identity Exploration

  • Oppositional Behavior (ODD)

  • Parental Separation and Divorce

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Sexual Identity/Romantic Relationships  

  • Social Dynamics/Complicated Peer Situations

  • Trauma/Loss

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