Adolescents | How We Help


Every day feels like a struggle. You want your child back. You want to see that happy, fun-loving kid you once knew again. No matter what you try, things just seem to get worse. She isolates, yells, and refuses to go to school. When you try to talk to her, it always leads to a screaming argument. You worry because you know she is in pain.

You've known something is wrong. You took the first step to talk to your pediatrician and your doctor sent you to us. We're here to help.

Our Services

Office-Based Therapy for Teens and their Families

We provide individual skills-based therapy and coaching for teens, family therapy, and parent-child therapy in our Brooklyn Heights office. Sessions are held weekly for 45- or 90-minutes.

Common issues addressed:

  • Coping with anxiety, depression, and ADHD
  • Chronic parent-child conflict
  • Oppositional, defiant, and out of control behavior

Office- and Phone-Based Therapy for Parents

We provide individual and coparenting therapy focused on parenting skills and effectiveness. Sessions are held weekly for 45- or 90-minutes.  

Common issues addressed:

  • Psychoeducation on teen's diagnosis and the support they need
  • Effective communication training
  • Getting on the same page with your parenting partner

Home-Based Therapy

For teens who refuse office-based therapy or aren't generalizing skills learned in session into the home, we provide home-based therapy. We work intensively with the teen, their parents, and the family as a whole to assess impasses to progress and create change in the moment. Sessions are held weekly for 60-, 90-, or 120-minutes. 

Common issues addressed:

  • School refusal and difficulties with social integration
  • ADHD/self-regulation issues
  • Chronic, high-conflict within family

Unsure if your teen needs therapy?

Review our assessment tool below - if any of this sounds familiar, our services would be a good fit for your teen and your family. 

Parents Report:

Teens Report:

Your Observations:

Teen is very emotional, ranging from teary to irritable/lashing out

“I feel sad all the time”
“I feel overwhelmed”
“I hate my life”

Disheveled appearance, not keeping up with activities of daily living

Teen is lethargic, sleeps late into the day and still reports being tired

“I feel tired all the time”
“I can’t get anything done”
“I can’t wake up early”

Neglecting hygiene

They suspect teen may have stolen from them (missing money, teen has money from unknown source)

“I just smoke weed”
“I just drink on the weekends”
“I only tried _____ once”

They have noticed scratches on teen’s arms, legs, feet

“My cat scratched me”
“I don’t know how I got that”

Superficial cuts or burns on wrists, forearms, upper arms, stomach, inner ankles, feet

Teen will “never” do what they ask him/her to do

“They can’t make me do anything I don’t want to do”

Refusal to participate in exam

Teen yells, curses at, threatens, or speaks disrespectfully to parents

“I hate everyone”
“No one gets what I’m going through”

Teen presents as angry or out of control

Teen doesn’t respect boundaries and rules

“I hate being at home”
“I just want to be left alone”

Teen is skipping school

“I hate school and I don’t really have to go”

Cancelled appointment due to teen refusing to attend

Teen can’t seem to focus on his/her homework, easily distracted

“I can’t pay attention”
“It’s too hard”
“I just can’t keep up with what’s going on in class”

You need to repeat questions several times

Teen has lost/gained a notable amount of weight in a short period of time or is being very strict with diet

Being very concerned with weight/body imagine
“I’m so fat”
“I’m so ugly”

Significant weight gain/loss in a short period of time

Teen has been isolating, not wanting to hang out with friends or engage in activities

“I just want to be alone”

Teen appears withdrawn

Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

Fill out the form below to request a free 15 minute phone consultation with one of our therapists.

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Get To Know Our Therapists

Negar Morshedian

Negar Morshedian, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Negar is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is a compassionate therapist who aims to create an accepting and validating space for her clients. Negar uses an evidence-based and systemic model to help adolescents and families struggling with a variety of issues, including substance use, conflict, transitions, difficulty regulating emotions, and behavioral issues at home and in school. She believes that given the right set of tools, every family can use their relationships as a source of strength and support.

Melissa Pennica, MA, MFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Melissa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist that is passionate about working with adolescents. Melissa has experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings, including community clinics and through psychoeducational groups. She works with teens to help them gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of themselves. Melissa helps family members engage in safe and open communication to further strengthen their relationships.

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Call/Text: (347) 669-8134