Therapy for, with, and on behalf of Teenage Girls
The whole goal of therapy is to figure out what you need and get you there.
I help teens who feel like something is wrong. Sometimes this is as simple as saying “I have depression.” Other times, it’s complex bundle of anxiety/sadness/trauma/body image/stress/pressure. These feelings can be overwhelming. It can seem like the only way out is to just become a different person.
You’re not the only one who has gone through this. It’s hard, but it doesn’t have to be forever.
I’ve learned something in all my time working with teens:
the way out is to be more - not less - of you.
What do we do in therapy?
Therapy involves investigating, reflecting, and doing. How are you feeling? What affects your mood? What expectations are you holding? What do you connect with? What makes you come alive? In therapy, we work together to parse and understand your feelings. We turn this miasma into something manageable - even usable.
Therapy happens in person. Video therapy is offered in cases of inclement weather or illness.
Therapy supports both teens AND their families
I find that teenagers benefit when their parents are also supported. I like to provide families education about mental health and emotional development. I find that parents want to know what’s going on and how they can help. Part of therapy involves working together to figure out how to get the support you need from the people around you.
Adolescence is often as hard and confusing for the family as it is for the teen. Parents often tell me they’re not sure what’s going on with their daughter. I’ve been told things like she’s “lost her spark and I don’t know why.” They often aren’t sure what’s going on and don’t know how to help.
According to the state of North Carolina, teens are the boss. They can consent to mental health treatment without needing their parent’s consent. Their mental health information is also confidential, except in severe situations (where “notification is essential to the life or health of the minor” N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90‐21.4). I encourage all teens collaborate with their families to the extent that they feel comfortable.
Therapy isn’t one-size-fits-all. Some benefit in a few sessions, while others create huge changes over several sessions.
50-minute sessions are $225.
The initial 80-minute session is $360. This involves a comprehensive assessment, including history and current functioning. Often, multiple family members will provide their perspectives and concerns.
I am committed to everyone having access to mental health treatment. Therefore, I have a few lower-cost Open Path slots available. Please check this link to see if there are any current openings.
Kimberly Vered Shashoua is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, able to provide therapy in the states of North Carolina (#C011412) and Texas (#59797). Online therapy is available for those who are unable to attend in-person sessions.
I do not take insurance, but I can provide a superbill that you can send to your insurance.
Every teenage girl is unique and has different needs. If after the initial consultation, it seems like we might not be a match, I am happy to provide referrals. Asheville has a robust network of therapists, and I would be glad to help your family find the best person for your needs.
Parents, ready to start?
Schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation today.
Let's see how we can work together to help bring your daughter into a better life.