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Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

Therapy For Teens

Today's world is tough for teens. We are here to support them!

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The world is changing fast

The teenage years are filled with emotional ups and downs, as they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood. This period of their lives is marked by significant changes – physical, emotional, and social as they figure out where they fit culturally, navigate relationships with family & peers, and cope with stress from school or other areas. These challenges can get overwhelming and take a toll on their mental health.
Therapy creates a safe space for your teen to vent, understand their emotions better, and learn coping strategies to help them manage day-to-day living.

Things you may notice with your teen

Just like adults, teenagers experience a range of emotions – but they may not always have the maturity or skills to handle them effectively. All of these emotions are valid and important to acknowledge, and will show up in different ways, depending on your teen’s personality.

We offer a safe place for your teen to explore their emotions, talk about their experiences, and develop coping strategies.

  • Persistent sadness, anxiety, or mood swings
  • A loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating or declining academic performance
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Frequent complaints of unexplained aches and pains
  • Engaging in harmful behaviours
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Persistent sadness, anxiety, or mood swings
  • A loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating or declining academic performance
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Frequent complaints of unexplained aches and pains
  • Engaging in harmful behaviours
  • Talking about death or suicide

What are today's teens dealing with?

Modern teenagers face some unique challenges. Social media can amplify feelings of comparison and inadequacy as well as cyberbullying. Pressure to do well in school really weighs on some teens. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has also added layers of uncertainty, disruption, and stress about the future.

Understanding this can help you empathize with your teen and know how to best support them. Many times, teens want to talk to their parents, but are embarrassed or scared to talk about certain topics. Your teen doesn’t have to navigate these challenges alone, and neither do you. We can help.

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Challenges teens are facing:

Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common for teens to struggle with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. The pressure to do well in school, fit in socially, and get along with family can be overwhelming.

Although therapy is becoming more accepted, it’s often still stigmatized, making teens reluctant to seek help. It’s important to keep an eye out for changes in your teen’s behaviour, mood, or social interactions that might indicate underlying mental health issues and to approach them with understanding and empathy.

As the internet becomes a bigger part of our lives, so does cyberbullying among teens. The constant exposure to negativity online can take a toll on a teen’s mental health. As a parent, it’s crucial to educate your teen about internet safety, monitor their online activity for signs of bullying, and encourage open dialogue about their experiences online.
With social media use comes comparison, inadequacy, and fear of missing out (FOMO). Teens may feel pressure to maintain a perfect image online, leading to stress and self-esteem issues. It can be difficult to take it away completely, but you can help your teen develop a healthy relationship with social media, which might include setting screen time limits, promoting real-world social interactions, and having open conversations about the difference between online personas and real-life complexities.
Some teens feel a deep pressure to perform well in school and gain admission to top colleges, either from teachers, family, or themselves. This stress can lead to burnout, anxiety, and a negative impact on self-esteem. Encouraging a balanced perspective towards school is key – while doing well is important, it’s also crucial to emphasize the value of effort, learning from failure, and the importance of activities outside of school.

Self-harm, or self-injury, refers to the act of intentionally cutting, burning, or hitting oneself as a coping mechanism. When a teen feels overwhelmed with stress and emotions, cutting makes them feel like they have a way to release or control their painful emotions. Some teens use it as a cry for help as a way to show others how much they are hurting inside, while others will hide it as best they can, using it as a way to punish themselves or reflect the emotional pain they are feeling.

Self-harm provides temporary relief, but it never addresses the real issue. In therapy, we can help your teen identify the root cause of their pain and work towards healing and developing healthier coping mechanisms.

The teenage years are significant transitional period where teens are figuring out who they are as an individual. It’s a time when they are developing their own identity. What are their values? What do they believe? What are they going to take from the culture they grew up in? When it comes to their future, teens face pressures, both internally and societally. It’s common to feel like they should have a clear plan when it comes to their continuing education and career. This can be both stressful and confusing.

Dr Anne Marie Mikhail | Psychologist | Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

Dr. Anne Marie Mikhail

Ph.D., C. Psych.

Registered Clinical, Counselling, School Psychologist
Clinic Director | Owner

Why Choose

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

You need to feel seen and heard.

Your history, culture, situation, relationships, religion, ethnicity, and family have all shaped who you are today. To understand your struggles is to understand your story and what brought you here. With over 20 years of experience, our therapists are committed to helping you get to the source of your challenges and get you the answers you need.

We take care of the whole you.

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Our Approach

How our teen therapy works

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We learn about the

We want to get to know your teen, listen to where they are now and make sure they feel understood and validated. From there we can develop a therapy plan that will work best for them.
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We create a plan

We put together a comprehensive treatment plan that focuses on them as a whole person, validates their feelings, and equips them with the tools they need to make daily living easier.
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We support them

We know that healing is not linear. We are committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space each step of the way to help your teen overcome any challenges that arise along the way.

Questions parents ask about teen therapy

The signs of progress in therapy can be subtle and may take time to become apparent. Improvements might include your teen demonstrating better mood regulation, improved self-esteem, more effective coping strategies, or improved relationships with family and friends. They might also show increased motivation, better performance at school, or simply express that they feel better. It’s important to maintain open lines of communication with both your teen and their therapist to monitor progress.
It’s normal to be hesitant about starting therapy. Discussing personal issues with a stranger can feel uncomfortable. However, you can help by explaining the purpose of therapy, answering their questions, and letting them know that it’s a sign of strength to seek help. If they’re still resistant, you could explore alternative options, such as online therapy or group therapy. Involving your teen in the decision-making process can help them feel more comfortable. You can also direct your teen to the questions teens ask about therapy on this page, as it may address some of the concerns they have.
This is a tough question to give a specific answer for. It really depends on your teen’s unique needs and the issues they’re facing. Some teens may benefit from a few sessions, while others might need ongoing support for months or even years. It’s a very individual process, and some teens end up staying in therapy even after their larger issues are resolved because they appreciate having a safe space to vent and find that it helps keep them more balanced.

Questions teens ask about therapy

We have to disclose any harm to self or others and if you are being abused. We encourage disclosures of risky behaviors to parents, but we don’t disclose them ourselves.
Ideally, your therapist and you will form a solid relationship over time. As we progress in the process, we will work to help you feel more understood, learn strategies, and ultimately feel better. Our office is a safe environment where you can feel comfortable sharing what’s on your mind.
When people say they’re “lazy,” it usually means they don’t feel like doing stuff. But if it’s more than that — if you’re feeling down, losing interest in things, and you’re always tired — that could be more than just laziness. Other signs that you have depression might include not sleeping well or sleeping too much, not feeling hungry or eating way too much, feeling really tired, having trouble focusing, feeling really bad about yourself, or thinking about death or not being alive anymore.

Everyone feels stressed sometimes, like before a big test or when you’re arguing with a friend. Stress tends to be tied to specific situations, and when the situation is over, you usually feel better. But anxiety can feel like you’re always worried or “on edge”, even when there’s no specific reason to be.

You might have a hard time concentrating, feel restless or “keyed up,” or have trouble sleeping because your mind is always racing. You might have a sense of dread that something bad is going to happen, even if everything seems fine. Anxiety can also show up physically, like a pounding heart, sweaty palms, a sick stomach, or feeling like you can’t breathe.

If you are unsure, come talk to us and we can help you figure out what’s going on.

First, therapists are professionals. They’ve got lots of training to understand how the mind works and have skills to help you deal with difficult life circumstances. It’s like going to a doctor when you’re sick — your friends might offer great chicken soup recipes, but a doctor can diagnose and treat what’s going on.

Also, a therapist’s office is a judgement-free zone. Friends might mean well, but sometimes they can judge or not understand what you’re going through. Therapists are trained to listen and understand, without bringing in their own opinions or feelings.

And lastly, anything you tell a therapist is confidential (unless they’re worried you might harm yourself or others). With friends, sometimes things can slip out or spread around, even if they don’t mean for it to happen.

So, while talking to friends is super important, therapy can give you that extra support and help when things get really rough. But remember, reaching out for help, whether it’s to friends, family, or a professional, is always a brave step!

What you can expect from teen therapy

There is no set timeline that your teen should attend therapy, but with consistent and continued support, they may start to see improvements in as little as a few sessions. Some teens continue therapy for months or years because they find that it helps them feel better to talk through things on a regular basis.

Being a teen is stressful. We can help them find ways to cope in a hectic world.

  • They are happier more often
  • They are more open to talk to you about their day
  • They have a better self image that is evident in the way they carry themselves
  • Their relationships with friends, teachers, siblings and you have improved
  • They appear to handle stress and disappointment better than before
  • They have more motivation and are doing better in school
  • They take care of themselves better by being more active or reducing any risky behaviours
  • They have a better understanding of who they are
  • They are happier more often
  • They are more open to talk to you about their day
  • They have a better self image that is evident in the way they carry themselves
  • Their relationships with friends, teachers, siblings and you have improved
  • They appear to handle stress and disappointment better than before
  • They have more motivation and are doing better in school
  • They take care of themselves better by being more active or reducing any risky behaviours
  • They have a better understanding of who they are

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Get Started With Therapy

If you’re ready to get started, you can book an appointment directly online. If you have a few questions, book a consultation directly online or get in touch with us via phone, email, or our contact form.

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