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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 understand their pushback may provide the [...]

Checking in with Bianca Morris

Checking in with Bianca Morris Bianca Morris is a Therapist Trainee at Child & Teen Counseling in Woodland Hills, California. She's currently getting her Masters at Pepperdine University. She began seeing clients at CTC in August of 2021 under the supervision of Executive Director Kent Toussaint, LMFT. With her, Bianca brings to Child & Teen [...]

Girls Who Glow Season 2 Trailer

Girls Who Glow Season 2 Trailer Girls Who Glow returns from summer hiatus on September 10th! Kat and Adriana are back to host our therapy group for High School age girls in person at Child & Teen Counseling on Fridays from 5:00 to 6:30. Hear what they have to say about the next season in [...]

What’s it like working with the best lie detectors in the world?

Alek Koundakjian is a new Therapist Trainee at our sister organization Child & Teen Counseling in Woodland Hills. He’s been seeing clients since February and we wanted to check in with him and see how it was going. What's the work environment like at CTC, and can you get anything by those "rebellious" kids? Veteran [...]

Group Therapy for Teenage Girls: Checking in on Girls Who Glow

Checking In with Girls Who Glow Girls Who Glow is Child & Teen Counseling's therapy group for teenage girls which launched in March 2021. So how’s it going one month in? In this Therapycast, Child & Teen Counseling Marketing Coordinator Brian Frith-Smith checks in with Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee Adriana Navarro Gonzalez. She, along [...]

The Magic Toolbox with Deborah Carlon Episode 1: The “STOP” Skill

Let the magic begin! Have you ever wondered how you could handle yourself more confidently in stressful situations? Or maybe your anxiety and impulsivity is keeping you from achieving your goals, or interfering with relationships? Sometimes we create unrealistic definitions of “happiness.” In our frustration to achieve our goals we end up becoming more depressed. [...]

Helping Your Teenager Cope With Anger

Being the parent of a teenager can be just about as scary as having to go to the dentist for a root canal… EVERY DAY! Adolescence is a time when teens push boundaries, raise voices and often blame and shut out parents. In fact, your teenager may seem to live in a perpetual state of [...]

Talking To Our Kids About Racism

Considering the current political and social conversations that many of us are having, we can’t ignore the state of our country and I hope these few short words help.   It’s important to begin educating and taking time to talk to our children from a very young age about differences in skin color. According to […]

Bubbling Frustration

  What happens to unresolved frustration? Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or anxious is unavoidable, whether age, gender, or circumstance. There are plenty of ways to experience irritation, like being cut off in traffic or waiting on hold for more than an hour on a call with customer service. In a lot of those situations, we are […]