Relationship Therapy Centre

Therapy
For Teens

Fostering autonomy
and connections

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Build Healthy Relationships

Identify your needs and boundaries to gain supportive connections with self and your loved ones.   

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Self Discovery & Autonomy

Gain insight into your values, beliefs, needs, strengths and aspirations so you can confidently honour your authenticity.

Establish Healthy Coping Strategies

Gain resilience and find balance through healthy coping strategies amidst the challenges of being a teen. 

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Adolescence is typically a stage in life that entails significant shifts that can bring about an experience of unfamiliarity and uncertainty for teens and those in the teen’s life. Trying to establish a sense of identity and greater independence while also maintaining connections can be challenging.

Teen Therapy can offer a safe space and empower teens to explore the complexities they are facing with greater confidence and well-being.

Does this sound like you?

We offer in-person therapy for teens in Mississauga, Burlington and online teen therapy across Canada.

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Teens need freedom to flourish and community to know they are supported.

Teen years is a stage that is often filled with several new experiences and challenges. It is a transformative stage where teens begin to more strongly and intentionally develop their individual identities; establishing their own beliefs, values, hopes, fears, connections and boundaries. 

Relationship Therapy Centre offers teen therapy support to help figure this all out! 

We can support teens with experiences including but not limited to:

Teen years are packed with many life transitions and key identity shaping experiences. It is natural that it can invite experiences of fear and anxiety. This can present in various forms including but not limited to generalized anxiety, social anxiety, or panic disorder. The way that anxiety presents can significantly impact a teen’s daily life, negatively impacting academic performance, peer relationships and community building. 

Through teen therapy the root causes of anxiety can be explored, negative thought patterns can be challenged, and coping strategies and resources can be learned. 

The experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) teens can be complex and multifaceted, often influenced by systemic racism, discrimination, cultural identity and multi-generational homes. These challenges can contribute to a teens feelings of loneliness, isolation, self-doubt, stress and trauma.

Teen Therapy can offer a supportive environment to explore and unpack the intersectionality of race, culture, gender, identity and mental health. Our therapy for BIPOC teens is offered by culturally competent and bipoc therapists in Mississauga. 

Ultimately, teen therapy serves as a resource for BIPOC youth to understand their identities, reclaim their narratives, advocate for their needs, develop greater compassion for their families and thrive in their unique personal journeys of healing and growth.

As teens transition into young adulthood, the responsibility of future planning can bring about a mix of excitement, uncertainty, and stress. Whether planning for next steps in education, career or personal goals, teens may spiral through questions about their identity, purpose, and place in the world.

Teen therapy offers support in identifying life goals, developing manageable action plans, and establishing strategies for how to overcome obstacles that may arise along the way. Through this process, teens can gain a clearer sense of identity and purpose, gain confidence and determination, and minimize anxiety, stress and isolation.

It is incredibly helpful for teens to hold self esteem as they navigate the complexities of their adolescent years – working towards creating their unique identity and community. However, many teens experience fluctuations in their self-esteem due to various factors including academic performance, familial and societal expectations, peer pressure, social media and more.

In teen therapy the experiences contributing to self-esteem can be unpacked and work can be done where strategies are offered to foster greater self-awareness, self-worth, self-trust and confidence.

Experiencing trauma can have a significant impact on a teen’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. Trauma can be experiences of abuse, violence, significant life events – or truly, anything that deeply disrupts your sense of safety. Trauma can leave your teen feeling many emotions including anxiety, anger, sadness or numbness. It can manifest as flashbacks, nightmares, or heightened anxiety to name a few.  

Teen therapy provides a space to address and heal from trauma by identifying and processing emotions, developing coping strategies, establishing skills to rebuild safety and feel empowered in moving forward with a sense of predictability, greater control and hope.  

Navigating romantic relationships can bring about a range of emotions, challenges and uncertainties. They can often contribute to the highest of high moments as a teen, but also the lowest of low. From navigating first crushes to managing conflicts and breakups, these experiences can significantly impact a teen’s emotional well-being and interpersonal skills.

Teen therapy provides a space to explore romantic relationship experiences and develop healthy relationship dynamics. Through therapy, teens are prompted to reflect on what they have learned about relationships from models in their life, how they come to choose partners, and what their needs and values are in relationships. They also gain communication skills, boundary setting tips and conflict resolution strategies in effort to empower them in their pursuit of healthy relationships. 

When teens experience academic pressures, they may benefit from teen therapy. These challenges might present as difficulty focusing on schoolwork, struggling to keep up with assignments and more. It’s possible that experiences of trauma, stress, anxiety and/or perfectionist tendencies may contribute to academic performance

Through therapy, teens can better understand where pressure is coming from, how it impacts them, and they can develop strategies to navigate the them better. 

Friendship dynamics can be incredibly challenging as a teen. Experiencing challenges in friendships can leave teens feeling lonely and unworthy. They have the power to create traumatic experiences of rejection.

In therapy, teens will be invited to consider their definition of friendship, how they ideally want to show up as a friend, and develop deeper understandings of their values, beliefs, fears and expectations around friendships. Through therapy, teens can acquire coping strategies to navigate these tensions and empower them with clarity and confidence in how they contribute to relationships. 

For teens experiencing ADHD/ADD, seeking teen therapy can be a beneficial avenue for support. ADHD/ADD can present significant challenges, affecting various aspects of a teen’s life including academic performance, social interactions, and emotional well-being. Teens with ADHD/ADD may struggle with focus on academics and other responsibilities, impulse control, and organization, possibly leading to academic difficulties and strained relationships.

In therapy, teens can learn self-compassion and understanding, effective strategies to manage the ADHD/ADD symptoms, develop coping mechanisms, and strengthen their self-esteem. 

It is not uncommon for teens and their parents/caregivers to experience conflict when navigating the stage of adolesence. Teens and parents/caregivers are in a stage of life where they are beginning to renegotiate expectations, boundaries and relationship dynamics.  
 
Therapy for teens can also be a space where the parent-teen relationship is supported. The goal might be to better identify and express needs and concerns to one another, extend compassionate curiosity, and participate in active listening. We consider what it would mean to work as a team, considering where there is space for independence and autonomy, and where there is safety in boundaries and rules.  

There can be impossible standards held for teens by peers, parents/caregivers, schools, social media and self, to name a few! 

Teens often grapple with the need to fit in, while also establishing their own identity and authenticity. Social pressures can have many impacts, including anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulties in forming authentic connections, depression and more.

In therapy, teens can explore these pressures, identify patterns and themes, understand their impact, and develop healthy coping strategies. In this process, teens can strengthen their self-identity and confidence, learn how to assert boundaries, and cultivate meaningful relationships where they can experience acceptance and belonging for who they are.

As a teen, the journey of self-discovery often comes with intense emotional experiences that can feel overwhelming. Whether they’re struggling with anxiety, anger, sadness, or a combination of emotions, teen therapy can provide teens with the tools to identify, understand, manage, and effectively express their feelings in healthy ways.

By learning to navigate their emotional landscape, teens can experience greater stability, resilience, and overall well-being. Therapy offers a pathway for teens to cultivate emotional intelligence and navigate life’s challenges with confidence.

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Relationship Therapy Centre

Why Work With Us

As humans, we have two fundamental needs; to be connected with ourselves, and to experience belonging with others.

When we shift our perspective from criticism, internally or externally, and turn to curiosity, we begin to create space for compassion, accountability, change, and growth.

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At Relationship Therapy Centre:

Therapists who offer teen therapy

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Our Approach to teen therapy in Mississauga, Burlington & Online

How Our Therapy Works

We Connect

We get to know your situation, your identity, your relationships and the things that are important to you.

We Collaborate

We pinpoint the gaps between where you are and where you want to be. We develop a specific plan for your needs.

We Grow

We work with you to disrupt negative thoughts and patterns to break free from what’s keeping you from living a life you love.

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Relationship Therapy Centre's teen therapy in mississauga, Burlington & Online

Our Approach In Session Structure

Individual sessions in child therapy can be invaluable for developing a deep connection between the therapist and the child. During these one-on-one sessions, the therapist creates a safe space where the child is supported and gently encouraged to freely express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns. Depending on their age, developmental stage and individuality, the therapist will engage the child in individual dialogue, activities, or role play. The aim is for the therapist to gain insight into the child’s unique experiences, challenges, resources and strengths, allowing for personalized therapeutic interventions tailored to their specific needs.

Further, these sessions provide the child with a sense of autonomy and empowerment as they learn to navigate their emotions and develop effective coping strategies. 

Depending on the age, stage, and unique factors of the teen accessing therapy, there can be benefit in hosting visitor sessions.

Visitor sessions are where parents are asked to be involved in a teen’s therapy session. These serve as critical opportunities to foster collaboration, understanding, and support for the teen, within the family unit. These sessions are with the intention of providing parents with insights into their teen’s therapeutic journey, and sharing tools and strategies with them that may better support their teen’s well-being outside of therapy sessions.

We recognize that while teens can possess lots of skills, resources and strengths, they often aren’t in a position to make all decisions and independently navigate all challenges. Parents/caregivers play a significant role with great influence on a teen’s life. Involving parents is often a collaborative discussion that occurs with teens with priority around their safety. 

Visitor sessions provide a safe space for parents to express concerns, gain clarity on their teen’s experiences, and learn effective communication and parenting techniques that promote a positive and nurturing home environment that supports the teen in their goals. Ultimately, the intention of visitor sessions is to strengthen family bonds, enhance parent-teen communication, and facilitate sustainable progress and growth for the teen both within and beyond the therapy setting.

 
 

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

It can be stressful if/when parents/caregivers and teens have different perspectives on and commitment to therapy. It can be scary, frustrating and perhaps angering for both teens and their parents/caregivers when there feels to be a standstill around the decision to engage in therapy or not.

It may be helpful to be curious with one another around what concerns and/or hopes may be existing that suggests to each of you that therapy might be helpful, or unhelpful. It is important to try to remain considerate that there can be “good reasons” for encouragers to engage in therapy, and to not engage in therapy. These conversations in and of itself can sometimes be challenging, and it may be helpful to seek support of a mental health profession to process the conflicting perspectives on engaging in therapy.

Ultimately, in Ontario all clients must have capacity to make informed decisions in the agreement/consent to therapy, unless they are children (11 years of age and younger). As a child, we are required to have the informed consent of their parents/caregivers/guardian/substitute decision makers. This means that while there are several exceptions, it may be that teens (12 years of age and older) must be consenting to therapy. To further discuss this,  you can always reach out to our centre, and we are happy to support!

Lastly, it is really important to remember that change doesn’t require any which one particular person to attend therapy. If you are holding concern for a teen in your life, there may be meaningful change that can occur from accessing therapy yourself, and exploring your felt concerns and ideal hopes.

Teens (12 years of age and up) who have capacity to provide consent can do so regardless of the arrangement (formal or informal) of their parent/caregiver/guardian’s custody.

Teens are no different than adults – all individuals have different needs and preferences in how they best feel supported. Some teens may desire closeness and connection following therapy sessions, while others may most desire space and time alone. It might be helpful to ask the teen in your life, how they see your role while they engage in therapy.

It is not unusual for the process of therapy to sometimes feel more challenging before it feels relieving. This is because therapy can, at times, bring about thoughts and feelings that may not have historically been identified or processed.

As parents, caregivers and/or guardians it can be challenging to know our teen is processing something, but perhaps not entirely know what this is, or how it is going. It is important to also take time to consider how you are dealing with this, and how it may influence your way of showing up as a support for the teen. If ever you are interested in processing this with a professional, we can always work with you and your teen to figure out whether accessing your own therapist might be helpful, or perhaps accessing some family therapy too!

$145-$175 + HST per 50 minutes. Fees range depending on the experience of the therapist and the context in which they access therapy (i.e. individual, couple or family therapy). All therapists who offer therapy for teens are listed here. To filter through different details of our therapists you can also check out Our Team.

$90 + HST per 50 minutes. All therapists who are currently offering reduced rate services are listed on our Affordable Therapists page.

The standard session is for 50 minutes. Sessions can also be accessed for 80 minutes. In some occasions, sessions can be pro-rated at other lengths of time. The length of session depends on client’s preferences, therapeutic benefit and goals.

What You Can Expect from Teen Therapy:

How To Get Started

Take the first step toward the change you desire

Offering in-person therapy in Mississauga and Burlington. Virtual therapy sessions are available in Ontario, BC, and Alberta.

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Make a connection with a therapist and see if they’re a good fit for you.

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After answering a few questions, we will match you to a therapist that aligns with your needs.

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teen Therapy In Mississauga, Burlington, & across Canada.

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