Teen Counseling

PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS THAT SPECIALIZE IN TEEN COUNSELING IN SOLDOTNA, AK

Being an adolescent these days is more challenging than ever. The pressures coming at our teenagers are many, and as a result, it is all too common for adolescents to deal with difficult symptoms that negatively impact their ability to function. These challenges and pressures paired with hormones, the natural process of pushing against primary relationships and the fierce pressures that result from living in a technology driven society, are just a few of the dynamics that fuel distress in today’s adolescent.

Our KPMH teen counselors are adept at navigating these challenging circumstance alongside you and your adolescent. We are skilled at coming along side, building rapport, and creating a safe place for your teen to process and explore the various challenges they are facing. Additionally, our counselors utilize brain based information to inform the work they do with teens, and are well versed on the changing and developing adolescent brain.

Our therapeutic processes focus on strengthening sense of self, exploring values, identifying goals, building skills, providing education, tapping into strengths, and addressing the underlying causes of distress. Various interventions will be utilized to support your adolescent in this process, as our counselors utilize a wholistic and comprehensive approach that supports the creation of positive and healthy habits for life.

From diet and sleep, to mindfulness and movement, our providers will work to address the many variables that are likely contributing to your teens struggles. The family will be called upon to support the implementation and supervision of various interventions that will work collectively in supporting your teen towards overall heath and wellness.

QUICK TEEn COUNSELING FACTS

Sessions are 50 - 60 minutes

Therapists who specialize in teen counseling on staff

$180 per session

Accepted by most insurance providers

We do not accept medicaid at this time

To schedule: (206) 451-7271

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Does my teen need counseling?

There are numerous emotional difficulties that your teen may be facing. From low self esteem, depression, anxiety and eating disorders, to engaging in risky decision making, such as substance abuse, these behaviors need to be addressed, not ignored. Common issues that bring teens and adolescents in for counseling include, but are not limited to:

Our KPMH counselors are skilled at navigating these, and many other challenges, along side you and your youth. As adolescent therapy is a highly specialized field we highly recommend that when you pick a counselor for your teenager, you choose a therapist that specializes in this area of therapy. Remember, adult therapy and adolescent therapy are not the same thing. For this reason, KPMH has both adult specialists and adolescent counseling specialists on staff.

Should you suspect your adolescent could benefit from some additional support, please to reach out today.

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What you can expect in teen Therapy

Once you reach out, one of our KPMH Soldotna therapist will be in touch to talk about your particular circumstances, and what brings you into counseling at this time. Should you wish to move forward, an appointment will be set up to meet and talk in more detail, ensuring that the therapeutic relationship is a “good fit” for all parties involved. This initial session will vary depending on your wishes, and may include just the teen, the parent and the teen, or the parent and the provider.

Our KPMH counselors believe that as the parent, your involvement is essential in helping your adolescent make positive changes. While respecting confidentiality and being mindful of your teens privacy, our providers make a habit of facilitating open communication between you and your teen. There will always be the opportunity to do a “check in” either prior to or following session, to ensure everyone on the treatment team is “on the same page.” During this time, your adolescent will be encouraged to share their experience of session, what they learned, what they’re taking away, or what their “homework” is.

Generally, therapy sessions with teens and adolescents occur one time weekly for 60 minutes. However, depending on the circumstances that bring your teen into therapy and the interventions being used, it is at times helpful to flex this schedule according to your specific needs. It is not uncommon for adolescent sessions to occur two times weekly, or to occur in 90 minute increments rather than the traditional 60 minute session. These details will be discussed with you and your teen throughout the process.


OUR SPECIALIZED TEEN COUNSELORS IN SOLDOTNA

Teen counselor in Soldotna - Mary Kuepper

Mary Kuepper - Counselor and Owner of KPMH

Mary has over a decade of experience working in community based mental health. Though she has worked with people across the lifespan, she specializes in work with kids, teens and families. Mary is passionate about giving people the tools they need to not only function well, but to thrive in their everyday life. Learn more about Mary here.

Teen counselor Robyn Howlett

Robyn Howlett - Counselor

Robyn is passionate about coming along side and supporting people on their individual paths to health and wellness. Robyn loves getting outside of the ‘brick and mortar’ approach, and looks for opportunities to incorporate nature, movement, and play as aids in pursuing mental health. Find out more about Robyn.


billing, INsurance information, and Limitations

Insurance

  • KPMH is currently a preferred provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Any deductibles, co-pays or co-insurances are due in full at the time of service. If KPMH is not in network with your insurance carrier, as a courtesy, we will submit an out of network claim on your behalf. Any deductibles, co-pays or co- insurances are due in full at the time of service. Any cost of service not reimbursed by your insurance carrier will be your responsibility.

Secondary Insurance Coverage

  • At this time, KPMH does not bill secondary insurance directly. If you have secondary insurance coverage, we would be happy to provide you with a Superbill that will streamline the reimbursement process. You are welcome to handle that yourself, or, we recommend utilizing Better, an online tool for filing out of network claims and securing reimbursement for money paid out of pocket. You can find out more about this resource at https://www.getbetter.co/

Medicaid and Medicare

  • At this time, KPMH providers are unable to see any individuals who have Medicaid or Medicare coverage.

Cost

  • Cost of Individual and Family therapy sessions is $180 per hour.

  • Sessions last between 50- 60 minutes.

  • Cash, check or major credit cards are all accepted.


HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD WITH TEEN COUNSELING?

Ready to get started? Call or email us today. Our contact info is at the bottom of this page.

Once you reach out, one of our Soldotna therapist will contact you to gather information regarding your specific situation.  This process will help us better understand how to support you and your teen and assist you in making changes towards your identified goals.

This will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions, and ensure that we are the right fit for you. Here at KPMH, our providers believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in the process of creating change. These initial conversations are important in assessing fit, as therapy is not “one size fits all.”

Additionally, KPMH uses Simple Practice, a medical record and portal system that will allow for confidential and HIPAA compliant messaging that ensures your privacy. You will be sent a portal link that directs you to online documentation to be completed prior to your initial session.

KPMH’s office is located on the second floor of the Blazy Mall, Suite 202. Feel free to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled session to grab a cup of tea and relax before meeting with your provider. We look forward to meeting you, and are honored you have chosen us to do this work along side you.