Therapists Specializing in Adolescent Mental Health in San Diego

Adolescence is a formative developmental phase of life full of rapid changes and unique challenges. Given the social, emotional, and physical changes occurring, it’s very normal to experience some degree of distress during this time. Therefore, it can be difficult to distinguish normal distress from more serious mental health concerns, particularly because adolescents can find it hard to communicate emotional and psychological difficulties. If symptoms such as persistent irritability, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, risk-taking behavior, or mood changes are negatively affecting an adolescents’ relationships or academic participation, seeking the opinion of a mental health professional may help.

A therapist will be able to discuss these symptoms and help choose the best fitting therapy type to help. Depending on the specific issues faced, therapists can help adolescents learn new skills for coping or communicating, deal with bullying, and examine thinking patterns in order to develop more helpful perspectives.

Below are therapists in San Diego who specialize in working with young people and adolescents. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Lesley  Stahl

Lesley Stahl

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Making the decision to seek therapeutic services can often be an important one for many individuals and parents of children as they navigate a variety of challenges in their life. Some individuals may choose therapy to talk about feelings of sadness, anxiety, or frustration they have felt recently in their lives. For other individuals, they may have noticed a recent change in their child or teens behaviors, such as social withdrawl, anxiety, or non-compliance that seems to be associated with emotional distress. Working with a psychologist when a client or a client's child encounters these moments can provide a great sense of relief and confidence in a family's ability to manage these symptoms and changes in their daily life.

I have spent my life becoming educated so that I would have the opportunity to help children, adolescents, and adults obtain the life they are striving for and the ability to cope with life's adversities.

My education and research background uniquely qualify me to provide care to clients who can benefit from the positive influence of competent psychological care. I am trained to engage clients in a way, using evidence-based treatments, that will encourage them to become active participants in their own therapeutic process.


Jennifer  Campoy

Jennifer Campoy

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Often my clients say they wished they didn’t need so much validation from others in order to have confidence or they want to be more assertive without feeling guilty. They feel strangely alone even in their relationships. Despite being capable & smart and having some degree of insight about how they were raised, people I treat know there is more to the story. Why do they have so much self-doubt or a harsh inner voice or look to others to say they're "okay”? This is where I come in. I help people dig deep into the stories & experiences that shaped them and how those influences sometimes hijack their way of thinking & sense of self.

We’ll look at expectations in relationships, we’ll likely catch some automatic negative thinking that has deep roots, & we’ll talk about experiences that perhaps have never been really heard, understood or validated. Because Life is hard … and complicated. Growing up is hard too. If you want to feel more at ease, to know what you want & need and be able to ask for it without guilt & with conviction, I'd love to help you get there.


Jessica  Gallo

Jessica Gallo

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $250 per session

We don’t heal in isolation. We heal in the context of healthy and safe relationships. Together, we can lighten load that you’ve been carrying and make sense of the messiness of life. In sessions with me, you can expect to be empowered with practical tools, observations, insights and nurturing containment. I offer a safe, authentic space to unpack issues, repair emotional wounds, develop practical skills, engage in exploratory processing of patterns, and be connected with resources and information. Our work together will build on and activate your inner strength and resiliency.

Connecting with a professional therapist can shed light on patterns that may need to shift in order to align with the healthiest version of you. Weekly sessions can offer you a restorative sanctuary from which to heal, grow and break cycles of dysfunction. The therapeutic process is enlightening, transformative, and can surprisingly even be fun! The process puts you in the driver seat of your life rather than continuing to repeat unconscious patterns which are no longer serving you.

I would be honored to be a partner in your path to wellness. If you feel drawn to my approach, let's connect for a free consult.


Marcelle  Little

Marcelle Little

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

Finding the right “match” can feel overwhelming and equally important to the therapeutic alliance. Marcelle is committed to maintaining an inclusive practice to ensure clients feel safe, heard, and as an equal partner in the therapeutic process. With a background in meditation and yoga, sessions with Marcelle integrate both insight-oriented and skills-based approaches to include the mind, body, and soul. She works with clients to explore the root barriers, to gain new awareness into emotional and relational patterns. At the same time, she focuses on practical strategies, with an emphasis on relaxation and meditation practices, to help clients integrate their felt experience.


Happy Apple

Happy Apple

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $225 per session

Happy Apple is a group psychotherapy & coaching practice in New York City that also provides online services for clients living in New York state, New Jersey, and California. Practitioners are committed to providing quality, scientifically-backed care to children, teens, and adults facing anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns.

The providers at Happy Apple are committed to their own continued growth as well as that of their clients, and prioritize ongoing education and closely follow the latest research on effective treatments in the field. They look forward to working with you!


Leah  Wolff

Leah Wolff

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

My approach is to start where you are at. Together we will build a partnership to identify goals; develop growth; build tools; and navigate stressful or confusing challenges. These may include issues such as loss, work stress, divorce, family concerns, and life transitions.

I’ll use evidenced based modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness based practices to help you increase awareness around certain behaviors, regulate emotions, create new ways of thinking and identify patterns.

I provide a nonjudgmental, supportive space where we can work together to create change in you life.


Nicole  Petronzio

Nicole Petronzio

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $135 per session

In the vast sea of therapist's in the world, I know how daunting it can feel to try to search through and find one that feels like they could be the right fit for you! Let me begin by assuring you that I am just as human as they come, and my goal is to help empower you to regain that feeling of control over yourself and your life as much as possible. I recognize that not everyone responds to therapy the same way, and I remain flexible to what works for YOU.

With the current state of the world, there have been so many unique challenges and adjustments we have been forced to make, and you may have been left feeling like you're drowning amidst the chaos. We aren't meant to go through this alone. I am here to help you navigate whatever has been coming up for you lately, at whatever pace you need to take it.

You may be wondering whether telehealth is the right choice for you, or if telehealth with ME is the right choice for you. Ultimately, the power is always in your hands to take the steps towards doing what is best for yourself. I encourage you to reach out and give me a call so that I can help you decide if this feels right!


Danine  Dean

Danine Dean

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I encourage a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.


Daniel  Kaushansky

Daniel Kaushansky

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Deciding to enter therapy can be a challenging decision. The idea of talking about things that you may be struggling to understand yourself can feel daunting and intimidating.

People often ask, “how does therapy work?” Well, much of our daily life is rushed and focused on the needs of others. Therapy is a space that gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself. It’s a time where you can slow down, process, and make sense of the parts of your life that feel messy or cause stress.

By sharing my understanding of your concerns with the respect and thoughtfulness that it deserves, I hope to not only help you find insight and relief from these stressors, but achieve more gratifying relationships with yourself and others.

Choosing a therapist is an important decision, and the right fit is essential for meeting your therapeutic goals. I’m happy to provide complimentary phone consultations to answer any questions you might have, and see if I’m the right person to be of help to you.


Audrey Elizabeth Lee

Audrey Elizabeth Lee

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Lyra Health, Modern Health Insurance
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Welcome to My Practice! I am a trained Prepare and Enrich Facilitator, and I have experience providing Pre-Marital counseling and support to couples from all backgrounds. I have completed my training in EMDR from the EMDR Institute, and I am currently participating in advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute. In addition, I specialized in working with stressed parents, educators, and also working professionals. In my work with clients, I draw from a client-centered perspective and I incorporate evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, and EMDR.

My therapy style is warm and inviting, and I work from a client-centered approach. As a therapist, I feel honored and privileged to be able to journey with my clients through the ups and downs of life. I know that seeking therapy for yourself or your family can often be a scary step, so I commend you for this brave decision.


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