Many of my clients are teenagers and preteens dealing with a wide variety of psychological issues.
Some common presenting problems in this age-group are:
anxiety (including social anxiety and panic disorder)
social media/screen addiction
perfectionism and/or no motivation ("all or nothing" mindset.)
With teenagers and pre-teens, I tend to utilize dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral (CBT) techniques. Research has found that outcomes are better with a group therapy component (to practice interpersonal skills, mindfulness, healthy thinking, and distress tolerance in a controlled environment), so I also offer a group for teenagers with rolling, on-going enrollment.
Family therapy/parent consultation is often indicated when working with teenagers (and minors in general). However, confidentiality is essential to the therapeutic process, and something that I am mindful to uphold. Therefore, I will provide family/parental consultation only if one of these two are true: 1) The minor is in imminent danger of harming self or others, no "safety plan" is established, or the minor cannot be expected to comply with a "safety plan" due to psychological instability 2) The minor has verbally agreed to discussions (and content of discussions) with parents. #2 often happens with some encouragement from the therapist, but not always. In the event that family consultation is indicated, but the minor is uncomfortable with his/her personal therapist providing the family therapy, I can provide (and consult with, when releases are signed) another family therapist.