Learn more about the struggles of teens and how parents can help communicate, understand and help their adolescent children.


The Doc Says My Teen Is Depressed — What’s Next?

Don’t freak out! Keep your thinking in balance. Calm and supportive parents are absolutely crucial for a depressed teenager to be able to fight against depression. What else can you do? Steps to Help Your Depressed Teenager View Depression as a Sickness – Not a Weakness Having this viewpoint will help you accept that your …Read the rest…

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5 Ways Teen Therapy Can Help Your Painfully Shy Teen ...

Does your teen seem quiet? Do they get invited to parties and sleepovers, but they usually don’t want to go? Do they have a few close friends, but refuse to branch out beyond that limited group and get to know new people? It’s not necessarily unusual for teens to be a little shy. After all, …Read the rest…

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Anxious Teens: Take These Steps to Help Them Cope

Puberty, peer pressure, pressure to do well on exams and get into a good school…all while balancing extracurriculars. It’s no wonder stress and anxiety are fairly common aspects of life as a teenager. But if you’re a parent of a teen, you might find yourself wondering how much of this anxiety is normal and when …Read the rest…

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Is Your Child Anxious? 5 Things You Can Do to Help

No parent wants to see their child suffer, and anxiety is one of the hardest things a parent can watch their child go through. It makes you as a parent anxious, which in turn reinforces those feelings. While anxiety is the top mental health problem faced by children and teens, fortunately, it is also the …Read the rest…

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Are Your Child’s Eating Issues Eating at You?

Guest Blog By Andrea Wachter, LMFT Is Your Child Eating More Than Their Body Needs? There are many complex reasons why your child might be eating more food than their body needs. Stuffing down difficult emotions is a top contender. Believing unkind thoughts can also cause overeating, in an attempt to quiet the busy mind. Some …Read the rest…

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Helping Kids Break the “I Feel Fat” Spell

Guest Blog Post By Andrea Wachter, LMFT I began hating my body when I was 12. I then proceeded to spend a couple of decades lost in food and weight obsession. I eventually got help and unraveled the roots of my chaotic relationship with food, feelings and my body. It seemed only natural that I would …Read the rest…

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Fat Chat is No Light Matter

Guest Blog Post By Andrea Wachter, LMFT Fat Chat & Your Child’s Body Image As an eating disorders therapist and woman who spent the majority of my life in the grip of a weight and food obsession, I walk around with my antennae tuned in to whatever might help me understand how we got ourselves into …Read the rest…

Watch for These Warning Signs of Depression in Your Teen, Houston, TX

Watch for These Warning Signs of Depression in Your T...

Your teen is going through many changes and chemicals are playing havoc with his or her body. Emotions are erratic and you’re left wondering every morning which version of your teenager you’re going to be greeted with. However, this is all perfectly normal teenage behavior, right? To an extent, yes. What if it’s more, though? …Read the rest…

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Why Do Perfectly Normal Kids Go Crazy When They Becom...

Shannon can’t believe her daughter, Liza, is in high school. It seems like just yesterday Liza was a toddler stumbling around their house, saying things that made everyone laugh. As Liza has grown up, Shannon proudly tells her friends how close the two of them are; they talk about everything. Shannon hoped their relationship would …Read the rest…

7 Ways to Help Your Teen Recover from Broken Relationships, Houston, TX

7 Ways to Help Your Teen Recover from Broken Relation...

Jaime is 16. She’s shy, and never had a boyfriend before, but has a strong group of girlfriends. This semester, she has geometry with Patrick. Once they started talking, things moved quickly. First, they flirted often, and passed each other brief notes. Before long, they spoke on the phone every night. He came over to …Read the rest…

You Can Communicate Effectively with Your Teen, Houston, TX

You Can Communicate Effectively With Your Teen — He...

Jenna is 14. Since she learned to read, she has been absorbed in books. Every few weeks, her mother reads a different book aloud, so they can enjoy it together. They talk about the different characters and discuss what they think is going to happen. They laugh often. Jenna’s mother always looks forward to this …Read the rest…

Leaving for College? Prepare your Teen for Life Away from Home, Houston, TX

Leaving for College? Prepare Your Teen for Life Away ...

It’s Jared’s 18th birthday. Soon he’ll be leaving home. Jared has been looking forward to being out on his own for a long time, but now that it’s so close, he’s feeling a little frightened. His mother, Susanna, seems scared too. She brings him checklists, and writes him small reminders every day. They’re both thinking …Read the rest…

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How to Prevent Back to School Anxiety

It’s back to school time! Is your child anxious or nervous about going back to school? Here are some tips for managing back to school anxiety in an article I was recently interviewed for. What Causes Back-to-School Anxiety? Can You Avoid It? By Rheyanne Weaver HERWriter Going back to school is not always exciting like TV commercials …Read the rest…


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