Teen Therapy

Teen Therapy in Alpharetta with Rachel Dorneanu Counseling

Your Teen’s Journey to Wellness Starts Here

Looking for teen therapy in the Atlanta area?

We work with ages 16 and up.

Maybe your teen went from the happy go lucky kid you knew to an anxious and angsty teen so quickly, it made your head spin. 

Or maybe they’re feeling down on themselves or having trouble with self esteem and have refused to share anything with you that’s going on in their life.

They tell you they’re overwhelmed in trying to balance school, friends and other activities but don’t have a clue where to start.

Some teen clients of ours love using their creativity in therapy. We’ll act out conversations to feel more prepared, use workbooks to make sure their skills stick or even use music to let the song speak for them when they can’t find the words. 

Let’s Cultivate Resilience at Sage Counseling and Wellness: Your Adolescent May be Having Trouble With

  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Self Esteem
  • Friend Drama
  • Communication with Family
  • Questioning their Identity/Purpose
  • Unsure of College and Their Potential Major
  • Adulting
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Assertiveness


Teen Therapy in Johns Creek with Rachel Dorneanu Counseling

Why Should My Teen Seek Therapy With Sage Counseling and Wellness?

Our therapists are trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We’ll work on enjoying the present moment, handling stress, regulating emotions, and communicating effectively with others. Learn more about this approach here.

Using DBT along with other techniques that fit best with your teen and their needs, we’ll work collaboratively to help them feel prepared for the rest of high school and their future. 

What can I expect in teen therapy sessions?

First, you and your teen will attend a 80 minute intake session where we’ll explore their background history and we’ll set some tentative goals. We’ll include parents for the first 15 minutes or so then spend the majority of the session with the teen. Then we’ll schedule out a few future 50 minute sessions to start working on their goals. 

Sessions occur online as we explore their concerns, possibly using books/workbooks or creative means, process life together, and at times have homework to make sure their new skills stick. 

It can be so helpful to have teens talk with an adult that isn’t family and understands what they are going through. Whether we help them look over a resume for their first job or process a tough chapter in their life, let’s help them together.

What Comes Next

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with the therapist you would like to work with or fill out our potential client form here. From there, you will set up your first session, also known as an intake session. With your chosen therapist, let them know a bit about your concern, your history with past treatment, ask about our fees, and the best days and times to attend therapy sessions. 


Each therapist at Sage Counseling and Wellness has their own fee structure. When you have the initial consultation call with your therapist, you will discuss your fee with them. 

Our therapists do not participate in-network with any insurance companies. Clients pay their therapist each time they come to a session and are then emailed an insurance-compatible statement at the end of each month to send to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement called a superbill. Each insurance company varies on what reimbursement they give for psychotherapy out of network. You may want to check with your insurance company to find out what they offer for psychotherapy with a therapist with your therapist’s particular licensure in Georgia.

What Can I Expect at My First Therapy Appointment?

Many people have fears, assumptions, and at times, no idea at all about what therapy will be like the first time they come in for a first session. We would also encourage you to reach out and ask your therapist any questions you have about what therapy will be like with them.

Each therapist has their own way of approaching their work. But here are some things that may happen in your first session here at Sage Counseling and Wellness:

  • When you start your first online appointment, you’ll be in the virtual waiting room. 
  • While you wait for your appointment, take a moment to breathe, look over any thoughts or items you’d like to share in the session, and perhaps take a restroom break beforehand so you can be fully present.
  • As sessions are virtual, you can sit however you want to sit comfortably. Some clients prefer to sit at a desk, others in a comfy chair with a laptop or tablet, and some others sit on the floor on a yoga mat to stretch while in session. It’s completely up to you. 
  • In your first session, your therapist will likely remind you that what you talk about in session is completely confidential with a few legal and ethical exceptions, which will be explained to you (and which are outlined in our consent to treatment document). If you have any questions about those policies, you’re encouraged to ask!
  • Your therapist might discuss any other policies they have (cancellation, payment, session length, scheduling, or other ‘frequently asked questions’). This all only takes a few minutes.
  • Then, depending on the level of crisis that you’re currently experiencing, your therapist might review their particular style of therapy, discuss your intake form with you, begin a more thorough assessment of your history, or just ask you what brings you in at that particular time. From there on, it’s a conversation and there are no right or wrong things for you to say — the only thing you can do ‘wrong’ at that point is to be dishonest, and in doing so you would only slow down your progress. If there is something about your therapist that seems like it would get in the way of you feeling comfortable being honest, you can say so, and your therapist may be able to help you feel more comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. If at any time you don’t, please let them know or let the director know.
  • Your therapist may or may not take notes, depending on their treatment style. These notes are also confidential unless you consent to their release, and they are kept safely in our electronic health record system.
  • Therapy is a safe space to show your vulnerability so crying is perfectly acceptable.
  • You’ll pay for your session at the end, generally, via your credit card on file.
  • You can discuss a regular meeting time with your therapist so that this time becomes your reserved time. This helps in accountability for you to work on your progress as well.

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