Adolescent Therapy
Misty Woodland

Adolescence is full of change. It is normal for this transition period from childhood to adulthood to be bumpy at times. If you notice your teenager becoming withdrawn, engaging in destructive behavior, missing out on things because of anxiety, or having difficulty regulating emotions, counseling can help.

At Steel River Counseling, Kelley Ott and Kaci Ott provide therapy for adolescents.  

Focus Areas

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Abuse history

  • Grief and loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Low motivation

  • Anger

  • Phobias/OCD

  • Highly Sensitive Teens

  • Adjustment after divorce

  • Behavioral concerns

Models

  • DNA/V:  This model is specifically designed for the developmental stage of adolescence.  It is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). A key part of adolescence is determining what kind of person you want to be - what do you care about? What motivates you? What do you want to stand for? In DNA/V, teens explore values and decide what matters most to them. They then learn to move towards those values even in the face of difficult emotions, thoughts, or experiences. For more information on DNA/V, visit The Thriving Adolescent.  Kelley and Kaci both use DNA/V with teenage clients.  
     

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT): This evidence-based model is effective for teens who have experienced trauma such as abuse, grief, physical injury, or witnessing something disturbing. Teens learn techniques to regulate and express emotions, work through a narrative of what happened, and build skills for future resiliency. Parents are included in the treatment process and meet with the therapist individually and with their teen throughout therapy. Kaci is a Nationally Certified TFCBT therapist. For more information on TFCBT, click here.