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Welcome to Child & Teen Counseling

How are you or your child feeling today?

You. Hi. Welcome to Child and Teen Counseling. I am the Executive Director, Kent Tussant. I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist. I'd like to take a moment to tell you a little more about who Child Teen Counseling is and how we can support you and your family.

First of all, we are a 501 c three nonprofit organization in Woodland Hills, California, with two main objectives the first objective is to offer affordable mental health care to children, teens, and families.

For example, a five year old little boy struggling with anxiety and fear because his family is going through a divorce, maybe is an angry 14 year old girl who is lashing out at her family, her friends, her teachers, because she doesn't know how to really cope with the uncomfortable feelings inside of her. Perhaps it's a young man who's graduated high school and has lost all his motivation, doesn't know what his passion is, and just feels lost on his path in the world. It could even be a parent who is just at her wits end, and she's trying to connect with her kids, she's trying to set boundaries, she's trying to guide them, but she just feels like she's hitting her head against the wall.

We want to help, and the way we want to help is with objective number two, and that is to be an elite training program for pre licensed therapists to compassionately and effectively work with kids, teens, and families in a therapeutic way to help them be happier and healthier in their lives.

That can be individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, parent education workshops. We want to be an active member in the community and help support as many people as we can to live happier and healthier lives. I invite you to read through our website, watch some more videos, get to know more about us, and then go to the contact page and give us a call.

We're happy to take the time to talk with you about what your concerns are, what your goals are for your help with that. Also, to stay in touch with us, please follow us on Facebook. We're going to constantly be listing new workshops, new seminars, new articles, new videos to help support you as best we can. Thank you so much for spending time here at Challenge Counseling, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

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The mission of Child & Teen Counseling is two-fold:

  1. Provide affordable therapy / mental and emotional health services to children, teens and families in the Los Angeles / San Fernando Valley area.
  2. Train up-and-coming mental health professionals how to effectively and empathically work with children, teens and families towards healthier relationships with themselves and their loved ones.


Child & Teen Counseling seeks to provide therapeutic support to children, teenagers and their families. This can range from a five-year-old who is struggling with her parents’ recent divorce, a fourteen-year-old needing stronger coping skills as he tries to overcome a bullying situation, a 21-year-old battling anxiety that interferes with her career goals and to a parent who desperately wants to strengthen his relationship with his kids.

Child & Teen Counseling is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

It is the sister nonprofit to Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills.


Do you have more questions or want to learn more about us? Give us a call or send us an email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!

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Our therapists will specifically plan a strategy to help your child with his/her particular and unique needs in mind. We believe in involving parents in the process.


At Child & Teen Counseling, our therapists are specifically trained in the “growing up” process and treat your teenager from a place of respect and understanding.


Our counselors will help you find the right questions that unlock your own answers, leading to a proactive and healthier approach to your life, and parenthood.


We believe that family communication is so important to having peace and safety in the home for not only your kids… but you too!


Couples counseling doesn’t have to wait until there’s a crisis where one or both of you have a foot out the door already.


Group therapy is a great way for children and teens to practice socializing in a safe and engaging environment, without needing to rely on electronics & social media!


Happy is what we all want our kids to be. In fact we want our kids to by Happy all the time. Of course, no one is. However, with proper emotional support, our kids can often be Happy. What makes a kid Happy?


Girls Can Count On Lea

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More Than A Seif Choice

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Francesco Onorati: What Makes Him Tick?

Francesco Onorati is getting his Masters in Counseling at CSUN. He joined the Child & Teen Counseling Team in August of this year. In this brief interview, CTC Office Manager and Marketing Coordinator Brian Frith-Smith finds out what makes him tick by asking t...

Teenage Independence: Rebellion as a Good Sign?

As a parent, I'm sure many of you have had the experience of your teen pushing back at your authority. As frustrating as this is, it is quite tempting to say statements like, “Because I said so!” or “Do it or else!” However, being able to take pause to...

Checking in with Bianca Morris

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Helping Your Teenager Cope With Anger

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Talking To Our Kids About Racism

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Bubbling Frustration

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Is My Toddler Trans?

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The 411 on Your Teen & Marijuana

If you want to talk to your son or daughter about marijuana, pot, weed, whatever you feel comfortable calling it, I think it is important for you to know basic facts about the drug. The D.E.A., DrugEnforcement Administration, classifies drugs based upon abuse...


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Learn how you can support us so that we can continue to support others! We are so appreciative to any and all help.

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We are so very grateful to all of our wonderful donors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to help all the families and children who really need support in our community.

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We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Learn more about how to donate through our PayPal Giving Fund.

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Do you have more questions or want to learn more about us? Give us a call or send us an email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!