Teens in Marin face tremendous pressures—social, emotional, and academic ones—at a time when they may feel quite alone. As they grapple with issues of identity and sexuality, they are also faced with new expectations from school, friends, family, and their community. Imagine juggling all of this while maintaining good grades. It is quite a challenge!

Teens can benefit from increased support during this new and exciting phase of life as they begin to navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood. Every teen processes information and life events differently—teens may be angry, frustrated, anxious, sad, or overwhelmed, and it’s important for their unique experiences to be validated. Teens desire independence and freedom, but still require boundaries and guidance from their families and parents to help them learn and understand limits. Wellspring therapists can assist families with balancing these two competing needs and help increase communication in a productive way.

Therapy at Wellspring provides a safe place for teens to get to know themselves on an emotional level and find ways to express their feelings. Our therapists help teens develop skills for coping with pressures at the same time we assist them in finding their unique voice. Working with teens to identify a guiding purpose can aid them in feeling hopeful and energized about their future.

We meet teens and parents where they are at in their developmental process and work collaboratively to develop a plan that works for everyone. Our approach may involve individual therapy, parent coaching, and/or family therapy. Taking a supportive and nonjudgmental approach, our goal is to increase communication, coping, and wellbeing for teens and their families.

Teen issues we treat include:

  • Symptoms of high-functioning autism
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Sexuality and gender identity concerns
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Perfectionism
  • ADHD
  • Behavior challenges
  • Stress
  • Family conflict
  • Anger
  • Self-harm
  • Body image issues

Fall Art & Mindfulness Groups

The focus of this group will be to support girls and boys in learning how to manage stress and other difficult emotions with mindfulness and art-based exercises