Julie G. Hartman, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Lic. # 28202

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Adolescent Therapy (ages 13 - 19)


Therapy with adolescents is unique, requiring specialized training and experience in the different ages and developmentally-related ways they communicate and understand. For instance, therapy with ages 13, 15, or 19 years old will vary based on communication and comprehension abilities.

Generally, adolescents respond positively to therapy that allows for self-expression, such as their interests (i.e. music, TV programming, fashion, art, friends, etc). For example, I may use art materials, games, drama, and talking to provide education, awareness, self-expression, and skill development. I also use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques with adolescents.

My adolescent therapy sessions are often structured as follows:

  • half of the session is lead by the psychologist - often involves cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, workbook exercizes, teaching and practicing new skills, and/or discussing solutions
  • half of the session is lead by the adolescent - often involves a game, art, or talking and the psychologist weaves in therapeutic tools for goal attainment.
  • This structure may ebb and flow based on the goals and needs of the adolescent.

Contact Dr. Hartman for an informational session to discuss ways she may be able to help you/your teen.