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Teen Therapy


Many Teenagers Struggle To Develop Fundamental Coping Skills

Growing up in today’s world can be a stressful, exhausting and alienating experience for many young people. The bridge between childhood and adult life is often tricky to navigate, and teenagers frequently act in ways that seem irrational. Long days at school and after school activities can contribute to the confusion and fear your teen may be feeling, especially with pressure to achieve high grades and fit in socially. Unlike past generations, many teenagers today experience the additional pressure of growing up in the spotlight of social media. With every teenager’s life just a click away from being broadcast on social media sites, it’s no wonder that teen anxiety, teen depression and self-harm behavior are all on the rise.

While challenges that occur during the formative teenage years are common, they are nevertheless incredibly anxiety provoking for young people, as well as their parents and wider community. While “bumps in the road” prepare a young person for adulthood, minimizing harm from these high-risk situations is important. With guidance, a young person can begin to develop important skills to help him or her thrive at home, school and beyond. Introducing a young person to a variety of healthy experiences and role models nurtures growth and empowers success. Choosing to work with a skilled teen therapist may be the answer that you have been searching for. With the support and guidance of teen counseling, your child can learn to overcome stress, anxiety and depression, and succeed going forward.

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Teen Therapy Can Help Your Child Find Support, Insight, Guidance and Relief

Here at Rocky Mountain Counseling, we focus on two pillars when working with you and your child. The first involves building a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust and compassion. With this foundation, counseling becomes very effective. Our team is comprised of talented therapists who pride themselves in being able to connect and build trusting relationships with their young clients.

The second pillar is empowering your child to develop and hone more effective coping skills, which can often be overlooked as our society focuses on academics and extracurricular activities. However, the key to helping young people experience success and transition effectively into adult life is developing and nurturing coping skills to manage anxiety, reduce stress and increase confidence.

To help ensure comprehensive and long-term outcomes, Rocky Mountain Counseling often includes other family members in the therapeutic process. The earlier your family intervenes for your son or daughter the better. Together, we will guide your child toward realizing his or her unique potential and preparing for a successful and healthy future.

Rocky Mountain Counseling provides services in a variety of locations including local parks, rock-climbing gyms and basketball courts. These experiential opportunities along with non-traditional strategies provide effective therapy services that immerse your child in a real-life environment to practice and hone coping skills. This ensures your child is able to replicate these newly acquired skills at home, school and in the community.

Whether counseling occurs in the community, home or office, at Rocky Mountain Counseling your family will experience a well-designed approach that ensures your child’s and your family’s strengths are utilized to overcome specific challenges and maximize potential outcomes.

You may still have questions or concerns about teen counseling…

I’m worried my child will be reluctant to attend teen counseling.

Here at Rocky Mountain Counseling, we understand that many kids feel reluctant to attend therapy sessions. That’s why we recommend always presenting therapy as a choice and a privilege. Encourage your teen to give it a try for a couple of sessions, obligation free. It may be helpful to have a conversation about mental health and the unfair stigma associated with it. You can frame improving mental health and emotional intelligence as like working on physical health and academics.

We use non-traditional, creative approaches to engage young people in therapy sessions. Meeting in a park, playing basketball or going for a walk takes therapy out of the office and makes it more palatable and comfortable. Through building the therapeutic relationship, your teen can learn to trust his or her teen counselor and build valuable coping strategies.

When can we expect to see results?

Because results are unique to each individual person, sometimes they happen quickly and sometimes they take longer. Initially, rather than results, it’s important to focus on building the therapeutic relationship and developing coping strategies. Parental involvement is also helpful. By supporting your child, while also giving space to hone new skills and strategies, you’re giving your teenager the best chance to achieve the positive results you desire.

My child is already very busy and it’s difficult to carve out time for teen therapy.

We understand that time is limited and choices must be made. It may be helpful to prioritize what’s most important in your family’s life. With teen mental health, it’s important and helpful to intervene early. Typically, we recommend weekly 50-minute sessions for the first three to six months. As time goes on and your teen hones valuable coping strategies and builds confidence, it’s likely that we may be able to reduce the number and frequency of sessions.

Types of treatments offered:

Solution Focused Therapy

Strengths Based Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Experiential Therapies

Life Coaching

Home, Community, Online & Office Based Services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Trauma Focused CBT

Types of concerns we treat:

Problems at School

Behavioral Struggles

Ongoing Family Conflict

Developmental Delays

Substance Use/Abuse

Attachment Disruptions

Poor Social Skills

Academic Underachievement

School Refusal

ADD/ADHD

Learning Differences

Lack of Accountability

Lack of Motivation

Low Self-esteem

Grief/Loss

Divorce

Trauma

Depression

Anxiety

 

Your Teen Can Learn To Overcome Anxiety, Depression And Stress

If you’re ready to help your teen embark on a journey toward a happier, less stressful life, Rocky Mountain Counseling can help. Call 720-252-0345 or email today to set up an appointment at our Denver practice. In your free 30-minute phone consultation, we can answer questions and set up an initial meeting where your teen will be able to relax in a comfortable environment and better understand the benefits of working with a teen therapist.

Meet our Team

Cory Reid-Vanas,
MA LMFT

Therapist Coach Consultant, Founder of RM3C

Cory earned his Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado and a Colorado State Child & Family Investigator. Cory was born and raised in upstate New York and has been living in the western United States for over ten years. He is an avid outdoors-man and enjoys spending time on his bicycle, growing organic vegetables and exploring the natural world.

With over ten years of experience working with individuals, youth, couples and families, Cory has worked diligently to empower his clients to effectively navigate difficult moments in their lives. He guides his clients in developing healthy coping skills and gaining a deeper understanding of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Each individual and family is considered the expert of their own lives and will participate in a collaboration with Cory to understand needs, establish specific goals, develop healthy choices, and create purpose.

Growth happens through accessing strengths to tackle barriers and establish strategies for successful living. Cory believes that people who are given the opportunity to learn, practice and integrate effective strategies for working through challenges and celebrating success can positively participate and develop healthy relationships with their family, social circles, and communities. Cory is dedicated and inspired by his clients.

Cory Reid-Vanas, <br>MA LMFT

Cory Reid-Vanas,
MA LMFT

Therapist Coach Consultant, Founder of RM3C

Hinde Newton,
MS LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

Hinde earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania in 2004. She has been living and practicing psychology in Colorado since 2007 when she became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Hinde enjoys doing yoga, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, gardening, writing, and exploring the beauty of Colorado’s mountains.

Hinde has over a decade of experience working with families, children, and adolescents. She believes it is important to meet clients where they are and to act as a guide in helping them access their strengths and develop their positive coping skills. Hinde has worked most recently, for the last five years, as a therapist in an elementary school where she had the privilege of helping children and families manage emotions safely and learn to communicate effectively and support each other.

Hinde also has 5 years of experience working in residential and day treatment settings with adolescents. Hinde has a unique ability to gain the trust of adolescents who, due to their past experiences, have a difficult time opening up to adults in their lives.

Hinde will provide a safe, caring, nonjudgmental relationship for her clients so that they can become fully actualized and achieve their treatment goals in a timely manner. Hinde specializes in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, and can also work with adults who are feeling trapped in negative patterns of thinking and behavior. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Hinde Newton, <br>MS LPC

Hinde Newton,
MS LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

Hannah Lacaire,
MA LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

Hannah earned her Master’s Degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was born in Massachusetts and has been living in Colorado for two years. Hannah enjoys being active, including exploring the mountains, skiing, and playing basketball. She is currently a licensed professional counselor in the State of Colorado.

Hannah has been working with children and adolescents for seven years, beginning her clinical work in emergency facilities and group home settings where she refined various crisis support plans and assessments.

She has transitioned her career into more community based settings, such as outpatient and in-home therapy over the past two years. Hannah has enjoyed helping others maintain stability within the community successfully, and out of other restrictive living environments.

Hannah believes that when an individual is provided with the proper tools to understand and cope with their experiences, these internal resources can then be applied not only in the moment, but for a lifetime. It is important for people to be aware of their strengths, potential, and positive attributes in order to achieve short and long-terms goals successfully. Hannah is committed in helping others recognize these strengths and reach desired goals by collaborating with individuals and their external supports.

Hannah Lacaire, <br>MA LPC

Hannah Lacaire,
MA LPC

Independent Contract Therapist

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