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Therapy For Teens

Therapy to help your teen get unstuck from anxiety, navigate the pressures of school, family, social life, and face their future with confidence.

Online and in-person teen therapy, serving Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Therapy can help your teen:

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Build Confidence

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Manage Relationships

Prepare For The Future

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Growing up isn't easy

Today’s teens are navigating a maze of emotions, pressures, and uncertainties daily.

On the outside, teens want to fit in, find real friends and hope that someone just gets them. On the inside? Sleepless nights, racing thoughts, always feeling like they’re falling behind, and nagging doubts about whether they are ‘good enough’. They can show up as an emotional hurricane—waves of anxiety, stormy patches of depression, and gusts of self-imposed pressure. When they say, ‘Why is it so hard to just feel good about myself or enjoy things?’ it’s not just teen talk.

Teen therapy helps them make sense of where they are now, and points them in the direction of discovering their confidence around who they are becoming.


Teen Therapy - A Closer Look

Raising a teenager comes with its own set of challenges, and parents often feel the weight of making sure their teen is emotionally and mentally healthy. Teen therapy helps guide them through this journey by providing specialized help that takes the pressure off of their parents, and allows for parents to step into a more emotionally supportive role versus authority role.

In therapy, we can support your teen as they deal with:

Therapy isn't about trying to change your teen into someone else. It's about helping them know who they truly are and live their life with confidence and authenticity.

Areas Teen Therapy Can Help

The subtle and complex pressures that teens face on a daily basis aren’t always obvious, but here are some of the common areas we see in our practice.

Teenagers face a lot of pressure to fit in, do what everyone else does, or do things that make them uncomfortable. This need to be liked can make them do impulsive things, hide who they really are, and have inner conflict with themselves. It can make them feel stressed, anxious, and less important, especially if they think they don’t measure up to what their peers expect.

For many teens, the pressure to do well in school can be too much to handle. Trying to balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and other people’s expectations about college and the future can lead to burnout, not getting enough sleep, and anxiety disorders. Such pressures can also make teens feel like they are not good enough and afraid of failing.

With all the picture-perfect images on social media, a lot of teens struggle with how they see themselves. Always measuring up to friends or famous faces can make them feel like they’re never good enough, which might lead to unhealthy eating habits, feeling down a lot, or constantly seeing themselves in a negative light.

Starting out in the dating world can be a real emotional rollercoaster for teens. Breakups, one-sided crushes, or just regular relationship drama can stir up a lot of feelings, messing with their mood, and how they see themselves.

Being a teenager often means wanting more freedom and feeling ready to take on the world. But this can also lead to clashes at home. Whether it’s fighting for more independence, not seeing eye-to-eye with your parents’ beliefs, or just dealing with a hectic home environment, it can be tough. These conflicts can make teens feel isolated, misunderstood, and sometimes even really down or anxious about everything. All the stress/anxiety of being a teen can also take a toll on the quality of their family relationships with parents and siblings.

Some teens try drugs or alcohol because they are curious or because they want to get away from emotional pain. This can not only lead to addiction, but it can also make mental health problems worse or cause them to operate from a space of guilt and shame.

In today’s online world, bullying doesn’t just happen in schools—social media has become a new playground for hurtful words and actions, often amplifying the pain and leaving teens feeling vulnerable and isolated. Getting picked on or shamed publicly online can hit teens hard, making them feel really alone or depressed. In extreme cases, it can even lead to thoughts about harming themselves.

Figuring out your sexual orientation or gender identity as a teen can be super tough, especially if others are judgmental or alienating about it. It can make you doubt yourself, feel anxious or down, feel unworthiness, and sometimes feel like no one gets you or has your back.

It’s very important to understand what teens are going through and give them a safe place to talk and figure things out. All that matters is that they feel supported and confident in their abilities to handle whatever life throws at them.

Who We Are

Why Work With Straight Up Treatment?

Dr. Christine Izquierdo at the therapy office in Los Angeles

Dr. Christine Izquierdo

Owner & Lead Therapist

Licensed Psychologist

We do things differently.

Blending cutting-edge treatments with time-honored methods, we create an integrative approach that is personally tailored to your needs.

We believe that therapy isn’t just about treating the symptoms—it’s about mastering how you handle them. It’s about leaning into the scary parts and facing them in a way that allows you to emerge stronger on the other side.

Our team boosts your courage when working with difficult emotions to create the level of self-awareness and confidence you need to live your potential.

At Straight Up Treatment, we offer therapy that is:

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Our Approach

How Teen Therapy Works

At Straight Up Treatment, we meet you where you are.

Here, your teen will find a welcoming and confidential environment where they can openly discuss concerns, feelings, and goals without judgment or guilt. Our approach provides a structured yet flexible path towards mental well-being

Our First Session

Our first step is understanding your teen's individual story. Through compassionate connection and assessment, we identify the areas where support is most needed.

Personalized Plan

We then develop a therapy plan that truly resonates with your teen’s personality and needs in the most effective way.

Ongoing Support

Over time, we work through challenges, celebrate successes, providing tools and strategies to establish lasting change in your teen’s life.

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What You Can Expect From Teen Therapy

The results your teen will see from therapy depend on a few things, including a strong comfort level with their therapist, consistency in attending, and the action they take based on the strategies we discuss.


Over time, you may notice that your teen:

Therapy can help your teen find their voice, build resilience, and navigate life's ups and downs with confidence.

Questions About Teen Therapy

Therapy is for any teen trying to figure things out. It’s not just about big issues; it’s also a space to grow, understand yourself better, and get some guidance. Therapy also helps teens build necessary life skills, and increase independence and confidence to prepare for their future. Think of it as a tune-up for the mind, even when things seem okay on the surface.
Recognizing anxiety in teens can be a bit tricky since adolescence itself is a period of emotional and psychological change. You may notice that your teen is not sleeping well, avoiding social situations, worrying more than normal, or is showing a change in their eating habit. They may also show signs of increased irritability, isolating in their room, being on their devices often, or acting out of character. If you suspect your teen is suffering from anxiety, approach the topic gently, offering a listening ear without judgment.
Every teen’s different. How often they come in really depends on what they want to tackle and what’s going on in their life. We’ll chat about this in the first few meetings to see what feels right. It’s all about what feels comfortable and what’ll help the most.
Absolutely. We respect your teen’s privacy in everything, with the only exception being an imminent threat of harm to self or others. You may be involved in the therapy process and may need to share important information with your teen’s therapist sometimes. We want teens to trust the process and know what’s talked about in session stays in session. Safety and doing what is in the best interest of teens well-being are our top priorities, so we collaborate with you as needed to achieve these goals.

Our approach integrates cutting-edge treatments with time-honored methods. Depending on the teen’s needs, we might use cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, exposure therapy, or other tailored interventions. Our focus is to connect with your teen in a way that resonates with them best, and we may adjust our approach as needed. We may also involve the family, parents, or guardians depending on the teen’s goals and preferences.

You’ll likely notice them handling their feelings better, getting along with family members or friends better, understanding themselves more, and making healthier choices. They will likely start to be more open in sharing and connecting with the people close to them as well. We’ll keep an eye on their progress together.

It’s okay to be unsure. We suggest giving it a try – just one meeting to start. They can meet the therapist and get a feel for our casual, welcoming space that invites your teen to be themselves, without fear of judgment or expectations. If your teen is not yet ready for therapy, we also offer parent support so you can learn how to support your teen best.

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If you’re ready to get started, please schedule a free phone consultation with our client coordinator. We will understand your needs and ensure we are a good fit before booking your first treatment planning appointment. Use the button below to book directly online. You can also call us or submit a request via the contact form. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Helping your teen get unstuck

and step into the confidence to live as their authentic self.