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Therapy For Teens

When your teen is struggling, we offer the support they need to feel seen and heard.

Therapy can help your teen:

Develop Healthy Coping Skills

Understand Their Emotions

Live With More Confidence

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Now more than ever, teens are facing unique and challenging struggles

Navigating the challenges that come with school, relationships and family while living with ever-changing technological advancements and social media pressure – is a lot for anyone.

As much as they want to talk to you, they may feel afraid or embarrassed to share everything that’s on their mind.

We can be their space to feel safe.


Where is the increased stress coming from?

Whether they are facing self induced pressure to succeed, or are facing high expectations from an outside source, the pressure to maintain a certain grade often results in a physical and mental overload that contributes to anxiety.

Social media and the pressures it brings are everywhere. Faced with a desire to fit in with their peers, the all-too-perfect ideology that social media brings leads to comparison, low self-esteem, and fear of missing out (FOMO). Teens may feel pressured to maintain a perfect online persona while avoiding social exclusion through some of the more popular platforms, like TikTok and Instagram.

Teens today are more aware than ever of the complexities of mental health, yet discussing anxiety, depression, or stress can still feel daunting. The pressure to maintain the appearance of being okay is immense, exacerbating feelings of isolation and uncertainty as they face the future. Therapy provides a confidential space to address these concerns openly, helping teens navigate their emotions and build resilience in an often unpredictable world.

In addition to social media pressure, teens deal daily with the complex dynamics of relationships. Fitting in with their peers, maintaining friendships, and navigating romantic relationships while dealing with any drama that comes up can be very mentally taxing and confusing.

Navigating family relationships can be complex and emotionally challenging for teens. Conflicts, financial stress, and other familial challenges impact teens deeply, often more than we realize. These stresses can make teens feel unstable, insecure, anxious, or fearful about the future. Therapy provides a supportive space to explore these issues, enhancing communication skills and developing coping strategies.

Today’s teens face immense pressure to excel in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities. Society’s lofty expectations can lead to significant stress, as teens strive to meet these demands while balancing personal growth and well-being. Therapy can help manage this stress by providing strategies to cope with pressure and by reinforcing the importance of setting realistic, personal goals. Navigating high expectations with support allows teens to achieve their potential in a healthy, balanced way.

With our society evolving at such an alarming rate, it’s understandable that teens are facing uncertainty about their future. When they are facing challenges such as whether to go to post-secondary school, how to pay for it, or how to pay for the increasing cost of living, they may feel more overwhelmed and anxious than ever before.

We can support your teen through:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Body image issues
  • Academic stress
  • Social Pressures
  • Family Conflicts
  • Friendship Challenges
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • BIPOC Experiences
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual identity
  • Gender issues
  • Substance use
  • Divorce or separation
  • Future Planning
  • Romantic Relationships
  • OCD
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About Us

Why Healing Roots Therapy?

We believe therapy should be:


A place where clients can share their most challenging experiences, feelings and thoughts in order to heal.


The ability to make decisions that are best for emotional and mental well-being come from the trust created within a relationship built on transparency.


When we replace judgment with curiosity we provide space for understanding. When we can understand what we are feeling, thinking or experiencing we empower ourselves to make the changes we want in our life.

Take a tour of the Healing Roots Therapy office in Mississauga.

Therapists Specializing in Teen Therapy

Sadhna Herod

Registered Social Worker

Sadhna Herod

Registered Social Worker

Sadhna Herod

Registered Social Worker

Ambita Sen, Certified Grief Education specializing in grief, trauma, acute stress disorder, and more at Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga
Ambita Sen
Samantha Miranda, Registered Social Worker, Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga working with self-esteem/self-wroth, ADHD and more
Samantha Miranda
Nasim Boloorsaz
Meredyth Dwyer, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Affordable Therapist at Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga
Meredyth Dwyer
Nabeeha Mahmood Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga offering Child Therapy Teen Therapy
Nabeeha Mahmood
Sadhna Herod is a psychotherapist supporting Trauma & PTSD, BIPOC, therapist near me at Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga
Sadhna Herod
Sarah Prashad, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga
Sarah Prashad
Kiandokht (Kian) Gharib
Orshi Csuka, Registered Social Worker, Hungarian Therapist at Healing Roots Therapy in Mississauga
Orshi (Orsolya) Csuka
Majo (Maria Jose) Guerrero is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at Healing Roots Therapy and a therapist near me in Mississauga
Majo (Maria Jose) Guerrero

Our Approach

How Our Teen Therapy Works

We Get To Know Them

We take the time to get to know your teen. Our first conversations help them get to know their therapist so they start to feel comfortable opening up.

We Create A Plan

We create a plan that is unique to their situation and goals. We use strategies that will best help them develop the coping skills they need to move forward.

We Help Them Grow

We assess our approach as your teen progresses, and make any adjustments needed so that they can achieve their goals and enjoy their teen years more fully.
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What You Can Expect From Teen Therapy

As your teen continues in therapy, you may notice improvements in their life, such as:

  • They are able to build closer relationships with peers
  • They have stronger feelings of self-worth and confidence
  • They have a greater self-awareness about their thoughts and emotions
  • They have the confidence to implement boundaries within interpersonal relationships
  • They are feeling more confident in their abilities surrounding school
  • They sleep better
  • They have the tools to better cope with anxiety, stress and depression

They just seem happier overall!

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Questions Teens Ask About Therapy

Therapy is becoming more accepted by teens in recent years, and for good reason. Therapy can be beneficial for anyone, not just people dealing with severe mental health issues. If you struggle with any of these things, talking to a therapist may be just what you need:

  1. Feeling overwhelmed: If you’re constantly feeling stressed, anxious, or sad, and these feelings are starting to affect your daily life – like school, relationships, or just enjoying things you used to love – it might be a good idea to seek help.
  2. Changes in behavior or mood: If you notice significant shifts in your mood, sleeping or eating habits, or if you’re withdrawing from friends and family, therapy could help you understand and manage these changes.
  3. Struggling with relationships: If you’re having a tough time communicating with the people around you, or you’re dealing with conflicts that you can’t seem to resolve, a therapist can help you develop better communication and coping skills.
  4. Difficulty coping with life events: If you’re going through a big change or a tough situation, like a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or problems at home or school, therapy can provide support and guidance to help you navigate these challenges.
  5. Harmful thoughts or behaviors: If you’re experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, or engaging in risky or harmful behaviors, it’s crucial to reach out for professional help as soon as possible.

No, they don’t necessarily have to be there. In fact, it’s pretty common for teens to have individual therapy sessions without their parents being present.

Having one-on-one time with a therapist can give you a safe space to open up and discuss your thoughts and feelings without worrying about your parents’ reactions. However, sometimes involving your parents in the process can be helpful too, especially if there are family-related issues that need to be addressed. You therapist can help you figure out the best approach to meet your needs, whether it’s individual therapy, family therapy, or a combination of both.

There is no set number of sessions we ask you to attend, and you can keep coming for as long as you need! Even once things are going well and you feel better, therapy can help you decompress after a long week or get advice on smaller day to day issues.

As for seeing results, that is different for everyone. If what you’re going through is really complex and you are experiencing symptoms of trauma, it might take more sessions before you start to feel better.

Some people start to feel better after a few sessions, while others benefit from attending therapy for months or even years.

Keep in mind that therapy isn’t necessarily a linear process, and it’s normal to experience ups and downs along the way. Just remember to be patient with yourself and keep an open line of communication with your therapist to make the most of your experience.

Yes, confidentiality is a key component of therapy. Your therapist is legally and ethically required to protect your privacy and keep the information you share during your sessions confidential. This means that they generally can’t disclose any information about your therapy to anyone else without your permission.

However, it’s important to know that there are some exceptions to confidentiality. In certain situations, a therapist may be required by law to break confidentiality. These situations typically include:

  1. If you’re at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else.
  2. If there’s suspicion of child abuse, elder abuse, or abuse of a dependent adult.
  3. If a court orders your therapist to disclose information, usually through a subpoena.

At the beginning of therapy, your therapist should provide you with an informed consent document that outlines the limits of confidentiality and explains how your privacy will be protected. Make sure to read this document and ask your therapist any questions you have about confidentiality. It’s important that you feel comfortable and secure knowing that your private information will be protected throughout your therapy journey.

Therapy can make a big difference in how you cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. It can be an effective way to address these issues by helping you understand the underlying causes, teaching you coping strategies, and supporting you in making positive changes in your life.

In therapy, you can learn to identify and challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to anxiety and depression. This will bring you to the point where you can learn healthy coping skills and tools you can use to reduce distressing emotions and move forward. You will also learn techniques to help you deal with stress, such as mindfulness, deep breathing and time management. You will also learn how to set healthy boundaries and improve your communication skills

Every situation is unique, and as you start therapy, your therapist will decide which techniques are best for your individual needs and overall well-being.

Talking to your parents about wanting therapy can feel a bit nerve-wracking, but it’s an important step in getting the help and support you need. Here are some tips on how to approach this conversation with your parents:

  • Choose the right time and place
  • Be honest about your feelings
  • Provide information
  • Address their concerns

Remember, your parents likely want the best for you, so approaching this conversation with honesty, openness, and understanding can help make it easier for everyone involved. Don’t be discouraged if they don’t immediately agree or understand; sometimes, it takes time for them to process the information and come around to the idea.

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