Adolescents and teens require therapy that is tailored to their age and stage in life.

We provide treatment for a number of mental health issues for adolescents and teens. These issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • Peer Issues and Bullying
  • Family Relational Issues
  • Emerging Identity Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • School Refusal
  • Phobias
  • Health Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Emotion regulation
Our Adolescent & Teen Mental Health Team

Adolescent and teen mental health services are provided by professionals from a variety of disciplines on our team. Professionals who work with youth at FTPS include a psychologist, occupational therapist, family therapist/parent coach and advanced doctoral level psychology students.

Our approach when working with adolescents and teens is to begin by meeting with the youth and often a parent for an initial session. After that, we will continue sessions with the teen, focusing on their goals. Parents will join sessions in a manner determined by the teen and therapist. Parent education and coaching is an important part of the work we do with youth. Ultimately, the goal is for everyone to be working in a way that best supports the road to recovery. 

Therapy then proceeds with an evidence-based assessment approach, allowing you to better understand what is interfering in your life. From there, you will create a collaborative treatment approach and work together with your therapist to achieve your treatment goals. 

We provide a variety of evidence-based treatments to adolescents and teens. Our work is grounded in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Our other evidence-based approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). 

Many adolescents and teens seek out treatment for OCD and related disorders (e.g., hair pulling and skin picking). Several of our associates at FTPS are able to provide interventions that target these issues. Treatment for this includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) work. You will learn to face your fears and become comfortable with things that make you uncomfortable. This will involve learning how to decrease your rituals and compulsions. You will also learn to change your relationship to your intrusive thoughts. This can help you to do things that matter to you in life, even when you are experiencing anxiety and distress.

Our treatment approaches can help you with issues other than OCD as well. You will learn valuable skills and tools to enable you to overcome anxiety and avoidance, challenge negative thoughts, enhance low mood, manage worries, incorporate everyday mindfulness and process traumatic experiences. We also work with individuals presenting with relational issues, academic issues, general life stressors and ongoing issues of self-exploration and emerging identity. Perfectionsim is another issue that many adolescents and teens struggle with. This can impact your academic career and ongoing relationships. We can help – just reach out!

In-between sessions, you will often engage in life practice. This will allow you the opportunity to try out skills in-between therapy sessions. These types of skills include: raising your present-moment awareness, shifting your unhelpful thinking styles,  guiding you to move towards what matters to you in life and embracing your values. Exposure therapy is often a part of in-between session work as well. You will learn to face things you fear and decrease your avoidance. Overall, planning out things to work on in-between sessions is a very valuable component of therapy and can contribute to long-term gains. 

Associates at FTPS work with adolescents and teens using individual therapy approaches and in group settings. Contact us and find out more about what our team can offer you.