507-668-1200

3387 Brownlow Ave, #110

St. Louis Park, MN 55426

4450 Nicollet Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN 55419

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Tween/Teen Therapy (Age 11+)

Here for Your Teen

Your Teen's Stress & Anxiety

 

Teen years are an awkward and trying time for kids. Teenagers are figuring out how to fit in and belong in this world, and everything seems 100% more dramatic at this age.

 

I love working with teens and I can relate to those awkward middle and high school years. I support teenagers as they learn, grow and discover how to be themselves. Teens need to feel amazing and powerful, just not in an overbearing and annoying way.

I specialize in helping tweens/teens manage stress, anxiety and everyday difficulties so they can function well in the home, school and other important areas of their life. 

Your teen's stress and anxiety may present as irritability, frustration, mood swings, somatic symptoms (headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension), avoidance, procrastination, often taking naps, panic-like symptoms (shortness of breath, dizziness, racing heart), and difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep.

 

When your teen experiences high amounts of stress or anxiety they may have difficulties focusing on tasks, have lots of racing thoughts or think deeply about things for long periods of time, and make self-defeating statements ("I'm not good enough,""I can't do this,""I'm going to fail anyway so it doesn't matter"). 

Teen's stress and anxiety can also present a lot like depression. Stressed teens might feel tired, lonely, and defeated. They may isolate themselves in their room or from others, stop doing the things they typically like to do, skip out on important activities or obligations, or feel like they want to hurt themselves.  ​

If you or your teen notices any of the above behaviors, it's time for a little extra support. That's where I come in. I'll provide a safe and judgement-free zone for your teen to unload all of the frustrations and difficulties of being a teen and managing life's expectations. Also, I'm pretty great with treating anxiety, so your teen will learn skills and tools to help manage their every day stress and bring calm into their life. 

Schedule a phone consultation to learn more. I'd love to help you or your teen get started!

Other things I can help your teen with:

If it seems like your adolescent isn't communicating, that's because they're not. Many teens lack appropriate social skills and are having a difficult time expressing themselves. I help teenagers learn to speak up for themselves and ask for their wants and needs in appropriate ways. They learn to use these skills at school, at home, and with friends. 

 

Teenagers have many social pressures and this can weigh on their self-esteem, and limit their feelings of belonging and acceptance. I teach teens how to recognize their strengths, express themselves with their peers, and be more comfortable with who they are. I help your teen shine from the inside out. 

 I'm not just great at treating stress and anxiety,

I can also help with: 

  • Depression or sadness

  • Loneliness or keeping to yourself 

  • Anxiety, worry or stress

  • Panic attacks

  • Perfectionism

  • Procrastination

  • Peer/friendship issues or concerns (social status, drama, bullying, difficulties making or keeping friends, 

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Low self-esteem or self-doubt

  • Anger or irritablity

  • Communication/expression of self

  • Parent-teen conflict/discord

  • Sexual attraction and/or orientation curiosity or confusion

  • School concerns (grades, peer relationships, socializing, etc)

Samantha Praus

Hi, I'm Samantha, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

I'm passionate about helping teens thrive during their adolescent years. I love helping teens build their therapeutic toolbox so they can learn to cope with everyday difficulties now and use these skills well into their adulthood.

Click below to learn more about my therapeutic style and approach. 

Services and Office Location

I offer in-person, virtual, and walk and talk therapy.

In-Person Therapy

In-person sessions take place at my office located in St. Louis Park or at Wellness Minneapolis.

Online Therapy

Your teen can access their sessions online from any location in Minnesota that provides adequate privacy. Teens most commonly access their sessions from school or home.

Walk and Talk

Therapy

Meet me outdoors! During the warmer months, I offer walk and talk therapy at my office locations or Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis during my non-office hours. 

RATES

Phone consultation: Free

50-minute initial intake: $185

50-minute follow-up: $135

INSURANCE

I do not accept insurance, but I can provide documentation for out-of-network benefits. Please verify the specific requirements for reimbursement with your insurance company.

OFFICE LOCATION

My office is located in St. Louis Park next to the high school and at Wellness Minneapolis on 45th St. & Nicollet Ave S.

Get in Touch

I'd love to hear from you!

*By filling out and submitting the form below, you are giving me permission to contact you via email. 

Your privacy is important to me. Please do not submit personal information in this form. 

Welcome to Therapy with Your Teen

Welcome to therapy with your teen! How do you know if your teenager needs therapy? I discuss some common indicators that let you know that your teen may benefit from seeing a therapist.

How do I know if I should bring my teen to counseling? 

Watch this video to learn more.