Teen Counseling

You've noticed a change in your teen's mood. They are withdrawn and irritable. These changes seem to hold them back. Teen Counseling can help.

Teen Counseling CAN help you and your teen sleep peacefully again…

It takes a lot for parents like you to seek the help of a therapist for your teenager.

Like most parents who come to our counseling offices, you’ve tried everything you can think of to help your teen.

You don’t know where else to turn.

If the problems continue, you're worried about their future.

Our Teen Therapists Can Help You to
Reduce Your Worry About Your Teen

Teen and parent counseling


How do I know when it's time to start counseling for my teen?  

  • Are they getting grades outside of their norm?
  • Are they avoiding social functions?
  • Is anger and irritability starting to impact their life?
  • Is their worry stopping them from doing things they used to enjoy?
  • Are they sleeping much more or much less than is typical for them?
  • Have you asked them if they would like to go to counseling?  This will help open the conversation about mental health and show them there's no stigma or shame in trying counseling.
  • Is your teen talking about or thinking about wanting to hurt themselves or someone else?  If so, call for help immediately.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, give us a call at 217-203-2008 today to see if we can help.

Our teen counselors are excellent at what they do.

"Emily is very relatable and warm.  She focuses on the strengths and resiliency of each client, empowering young people to find their authentic voices and inner confidence.  Emily is empathetic, and understanding of the unique developmental struggles of a teenager."

-Sarah Rollins, LMSW and former coworker

Benefits of Teen Counseling

Counseling can help your teen to:

  • Learn how to identify emotions
  • Develop strategies to regulate their moods
  • Perform better in school
  • Develop more positive social relationships
  • Boost self-esteem
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The Counseling Process at Champaign Counseling


WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you (depending on your teen's preference and therapist recommendations) and your teen will meet with the therapist to discuss the counseling relationship and the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about your teen and background related to developmental milestones, learning or social difficulties, and family history and how this is impacting their current situation. You will also talk about what the goals of therapy will be and what life may look like when your teen's time in counseling has been successful.

Counseling for your teen (age 12 and older) is confidential, but the therapist will alert you if an intervention is required.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Counseling for Teens

Together, in each subsequent session, your teen and their counselor will use evidenced-based therapy to treat the challenges they are experiencing. In therapy, your counselor will use a combination of CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to ensure the sessions are meeting your teen’s unique needs.

Therapists at Champaign Counseling focus on providing a safe space for your teen to process and discuss anxiety and the consequences of living with constant worry. During their work together, your teen will learn skills to help them regain interest and motivation to participate in things they love.


Teen counseling
Successful counseling

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your teen’s final sessions, you (based on teen's preference and therapist recommendation), your teen, and the therapist will review the treatment goals to ensure satisfaction with the counseling experience and that the work with the therapist has met your teen's expectations.

It is possible to have a better life. You don't have to continue suffering.

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