I have great empathy and respect for teenagers. As a group, they tend to feel things very deeply; they are emotionally honest. In therapy, that means we don’t have to spend a lot of time helping them get in touch with their feelings.

— Jessica Braun (Zingelman), MSW, LICSW

Maple Grove Adolescent and Teen Therapist

Adolescents are coping with enormous pressures. Their lives can be complicated and stressful as they sort out their place in the world. The physical, emotional and developmental changes they experience are coupled with the expectations of family, friends and teachers. Sometimes it can just be too much.

I am Jessica Braun (Zingelman), a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who loves working with teens. I provide a safe, professional and nonjudgmental environment where teens can open up, discuss what’s bothering them and work to create positive changes in their lives. I use a strengths-based approach and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help young people reach their goals of emotional health.

Restoring Hope to Adolescents and Teens

I have more than a dozen years of experience providing therapy to teens facing concerns such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Bullying
  • Conflict with parents and/or teachers
  • Curfew or truancy issues
  • Use of drugs and alcohol
  • Divorce, stepparents and blended families

Therapy for adolescents can resolve current issues and provide valuable skills for coping with future problems. It can make them more resilient today and in the years to come.

Often the issues that bring teens into therapy, such as problems at school or constant arguing with their parents, mask the true issues that are bothering them. Together, we get to the core of the issue, develop strategies for addressing it and put plans into action.

It’s not unusual for adolescents to be reluctant to come into therapy. Once we establish a relationship, however, my teen clients appreciate having someone who will listen to their concerns and help them work through problems. Often, they are just as reluctant to leave therapy after we have achieved our goals.

To schedule an appointment for your teen, please call 763-400-7076 or email me at Journey of Hope Counseling in Maple Grove, Minnesota. I offer a free, 30-minute initial consultation. I welcome your questions about whether my practice is a good fit for you and your family.