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Therapy for Kids & Teens

Therapy for Kids

Children carry & react to stress in multiple different ways. They know that their world is changing but it can be tricky to navigate difficult transitions and find the words to express how they feel and what they need.

We support children and adolescents who are experiencing big shifts in their lives. As counselors, it is our job to help guide children from a young age and give them the tools they need to process difficult situations and understand their challenges.

Our counselors meet your child where they are at on their journey. Whether they are struggling with anxiety, depression, parent separation, lack of confidence, stress, etc. we cover all areas of mental health with a heavy focus on moving forward and giving them a safe space to feel the big feelings.

Do any of the bullets below sound like your child?

  • Experiences learning difficulties
  • Has low self-esteem or has experienced trauma
  • Has a difficult time expressing their emotions
  • Throwing tantrums or having meltdowns
  • Physical complaints–frequent headaches or stomach aches
  • Has experienced bullying or feels unsafe in social situations
  • Feels withdrawn, lonely or isolated
  • Appears to just “check out” completely, space out or hold attention
  • Autism, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, brain injury or is very hyperactive
  • Parents are going through a divorce

You may see that with one of these, comes another. We are here to assist and move the focus to healing and inspire positive change.

If you feel like this would be beneficial for your child or adolescent, we provide in office services or telehealth sessions as well. We Look forward to working with you and your child.

Therapy for Teens

The teenage years come with a lot of changes in hormones, emotions, and mood. Puberty can begin around 9 years old and last throughout high school. The brain is still rapidly developing, which can play a significant role in behavior and decision making. Adolescents are more inclined to misinterpret situations and emotions, engage in risky activities, and act on impulse. Having a better understanding of how your teenager is perceiving the world, will help you as a parent help them and anticipate what might be the best way to support them through this roller coaster of a time.

There are effective tools that our therapists use to help your teen build confidence, set boundaries, and deal with their feelings. They may be feeling out of control which can lead them to develop negative self-talk. We are here to better understand and resolve these challenges that are difficult to cope with.

Along with all of the raging hormones and ups and downs that come during the teen years, if your teenager is experiencing anxiety or stress on top of it all, it may feel as though they are drowning; leaving them exhausted and frustrated with no immediate outlet.

Therapy can inspire positive change in a young and growing teenager no matter where they are in life. We help clients reconnect and find with their inner strength to reduce anxiety and conflict.

Be conscious of any behavioral change in your teenager. Symptoms of depression and emotional trauma can look a little different than in an adult. They might be experiencing peer pressure at school, bullying in sports, a stressful family situation where they do not feel safe or understood.

Some signs may include:

  • appearing sad, irritable, or tearful
  • changes in appetite or weight
  • a decreased interest in activities your child once found pleasurable
  • a decrease in energy
  • difficulty concentrating
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • major changes in sleeping habits
  • regular complaints of boredom
  • talk of suicide
  • withdrawal from friends or after-school activities
  • worsening school performance

Our therapists are equipped with the knowledge of how to teach your teenager how to navigate a challenging situation, find hope and achieve their goals.

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Trusted by our clients

Absolutely in love with the Wellness Counseling Group in Ramsey!! Dr. Jen helped my children with a transition for divorce and middle school to high school! Don’t hesitate to help your little angels if you’ve been thinking about it. Dr. Jen provided us with the compassion and gentleness I prayed for!

~D.O., Mahwah

Dr. Jennifer Politis has been my family therapist for the last 8 years. She has worked with me, my husband and my two children. We are a more connected family because of her. Over the years we have worked on communicating better and helping with our divorce. I can’t thank her enough and I am so thankful she is still in our lives.

~ J.M., Saddle River

Dr. Politis is such an amazing psychologist! She has helped my daughter so much with her depression. In a year’s time my daughter is back to herself again. I can’t recommend her and her practice, Wellness Counseling of Bergen County more!!

~ R.C., Ramsey