Teen Therapy in
North West Indiana

At Animal Assisted Counseling of Indiana (AACI), we provide dog-assisted teen therapy to address mental health issues early and prevent long-term consequences. Adolescence is a critical period of transition, and experiencing anxiety or depression during this time can significantly impact a teen's life, including their academic performance, relationships, and overall well-being. Our compassionate therapists, alongside our canine companions, guide young people in understanding their emotions, distinguishing between positive and negative reactions, and building resilience for a healthier future.

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What Is Teen
Therapy?

Teen therapy refers to psychotherapy and counseling services tailored specifically to adolescents. It provides a safe, judgment-free space for young people to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with a mental health professional. Teen therapy sessions involve different techniques to help adolescents better understand themselves, build coping strategies, and work through different life challenges that are common during this period of development. Our counseling services, enhanced by the presence of canine co-therapists, are tailored to address the unique needs of teens struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Animals are powerful facilitators of healing and psychological well-being.

Teen Therapy Treatments

Provided by Our Licensed Clinical
Professional Counselor

Family Therapy

Family therapy is an integral part of treating teenage issues and supporting healthy adolescent development. By involving adult clients (parents, siblings, and other family members) in the therapeutic process, the young person’s support system becomes better equipped to identify and respond appropriately to problematic behaviors.

Family therapy also creates an environment where the teen feels understood and where the whole family can communicate openly about the difficulties they are facing. With this approach, coping strategies and solutions identified in individual therapy sessions can be reinforced at home, thereby improving the likelihood of positive outcomes.
Additionally, family therapy sessions allow our counselors to educate parents on mental health conditions their teen may be experiencing or advise on constructive disciplinary measures. With teens and their families working together, it is possible to address all problems and help adolescents become productive and happy young adults.
Family Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is one of the major techniques in modern professional psychology. We use it during individual counseling to treat teens struggling with anxiety, depression, anger problems, or low self-esteem. CBT helps adolescents identify and challenge negative thought patterns contributing to their problems. For example, a teen with depression may focus heavily on failures and disappointments. Through CBT, our therapist can teach the young person to examine this destructive thinking and intentionally shift perspective to see situations more realistically.

CBT also focuses on developing positive coping strategies. For instance, a teen might learn relaxation techniques for anxiety or behavioral strategies, such as taking a time-out when anger escalates. Teaching these skills empowers adolescents to better manage emotions and reactions, especially in challenging situations. Over time, the changes in thinking and coping can lead to improved mood and outlook.

Cognitive Behavior

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has become a common part of treatment for teenagers in recent years. DBT focuses on teaching adolescents new skills for dealing with intense emotions and impulsive urges. For example, teens can learn mindfulness techniques to stay grounded in the present moment, emotion regulation tactics to cope with anger or sadness, and distress tolerance skills for getting through crises without acting rashly. 

DBT also emphasizes validation, so therapists acknowledge teens’ thoughts and feelings rather than dismissing them as overly dramatic. Through individual and group DBT sessions, adolescents can gain life-long tools to manage emotions, control impulses, build self-esteem, and improve relationships. Over time, the new coping mechanisms taught in DBT can help them avoid self-destructive behaviors and suicidal thinking. DBT provides teens with concrete ways to deal with the turbulence of adolescence.
Dialectical Behavior
Teen Therapy Treatments
Provided by Our Licensed Clinical
Professional Counselor
Family Therapy
Family therapy is an integral part of treating teenage issues and supporting healthy adolescent development. By involving adult clients (parents, siblings, and other family members) in the therapeutic process, the young person’s support system becomes better equipped to identify and respond appropriately to problematic behaviors.
Family therapy also creates an environment where the teen feels understood and where the whole family can communicate openly about the difficulties they are facing. With this approach, coping strategies and solutions identified in individual therapy sessions can be reinforced at home, thereby improving the likelihood of positive outcomes.
Additionally, family therapy sessions allow our counselors to educate parents on mental health conditions their teen may be experiencing or advise on constructive disciplinary measures. With teens and their families working together, it is possible to address all problems and help adolescents become productive and happy young adults.
Family Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is one of the major techniques in modern professional psychology. We use it during individual counseling to treat teens struggling with anxiety, depression, anger problems, or low self-esteem. CBT helps adolescents identify and challenge negative thought patterns contributing to their problems. For example, a teen with depression may focus heavily on failures and disappointments. Through CBT, our therapist can teach the young person to examine this destructive thinking and intentionally shift perspective to see situations more realistically.

CBT also focuses on developing positive coping strategies. For instance, a teen might learn relaxation techniques for anxiety or behavioral strategies, such as taking a time-out when anger escalates. Teaching these skills empowers adolescents to better manage emotions and reactions, especially in challenging situations. Over time, the changes in thinking and coping can lead to improved mood and outlook.

Cognitive Behavior

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has become a common part of treatment for teenagers in recent years. DBT focuses on teaching adolescents new skills for dealing with intense emotions and impulsive urges. For example, teens can learn mindfulness techniques to stay grounded in the present moment, emotion regulation tactics to cope with anger or sadness, and distress tolerance skills for getting through crises without acting rashly.

DBT also emphasizes validation, so therapists acknowledge teens’ thoughts and feelings rather than dismissing them as overly dramatic. Through individual and group DBT sessions, adolescents can gain life-long tools to manage emotions, control impulses, build self-esteem, and improve relationships. Over time, the new coping mechanisms taught in DBT can help them avoid self-destructive behaviors and suicidal thinking. DBT provides teens with concrete ways to deal with the turbulence of adolescence.

Dialectical Behavior

Candidates for Teen Counseling

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"Sometimes the Best Medicine Is a Dog Who Believes Their Love Will Heal You."

- DR. JULIANN STEINBEIGLE

Benefits of Animal-Assisted Teen Therapy

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One of the most profound benefits of canine co-therapists is their ability to offer unconditional love and support. Unlike humans, animals do not judge or hold grudges. They offer affection freely and make themselves fully available to struggling individuals. The comfort of a furry companion by one’s side can provide a sense of safety and acceptance that facilitates opening up. Canine co-therapists seem to intuitively sense human emotional distress and often respond by resting a comforting paw or head on the person’s lap. Simply petting an animal can release oxytocin, dopamine, and other feel-good hormones that lift mood. With their loving, non-judgmental presence, canine co-therapists can support humans through difficult times and experiences. Their reliability and constancy can be incredibly healing.

One of the most well-documented benefits of dog-assisted therapy is its ability to ease feelings of anxiety and stress. Interacting with a therapy animal has been shown to lower cortisol and other stress hormones while also releasing endorphins that have a calming effect. Stroking a dog can decrease heart rate and blood pressure, providing a soothing effect for those feeling anxious. Additionally, the unconditional affection and comfort from a co-therapist create a favorable atmosphere that allows individuals to relax. With less anxiety and stress, patients are more at ease, making them more receptive to other aspects of treatment. The simple act of petting a dog can be an impactful way to promote overall well-being.

Interacting with a comforting canine companion can be very beneficial for troubled teens. The presence of a friendly canine co-therapist provides unconditional support, which may help teens to open up. Petting and playing with a docile dog also reduces loneliness. For adolescents who feel isolated or lack reliable social connections, bonding with a loving co-therapist can provide much-needed companionship. Simply having a loyal dog to talk to or cuddle with when times get tough can go a long way in making teens feel safe, soothed, and cared for. The companionship and comfort from a trusted furry friend may be critical for helping struggling adolescents manage mental health challenges.

Interacting with canine co-therapists can help our teenage clients improve their communication skills and build trust. The playful, affectionate nature of our furry friends makes them ideal companions for adolescents to practice conversation openly and comfortably. Building rapport and sharing feelings or experiences with a caring, non-judgmental dog can help teens become more adept at vulnerability and foster trust. Additionally, the oxytocin released from positive interactions with the animal promotes connection and bonding. Over time, the communication and relationship skills built with canine co-therapists transfer to teens’ human relationships as well, preparing them for trusting, meaningful interactions with others.

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Cost of Teen Therapy in North West Indiana

Cost of Teen Therapy

The cost of a dog-assisted adolescent therapy session in North West Indiana ranges from $100 to $300. Factors like the provider’s experience level, the length of the visit, and any other specialized services can impact the cost. Typically, dog-assisted therapy sessions last 45-60 minutes. 

Animal Assisted Counseling of Indiana accepts various health insurance plans, including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Health Link IL, Humana, Multiplan PHCS IN, Tricare East, United Healthcare, and other out-of-network plans. Our billing department verifies each patient’s insurance coverage and facilitates authorization with the insurance provider.

For uninsured clients, Animal Assisted Counseling of Indiana offers cash payment options. We accept cash, checks, Health Savings Accounts, and major credit cards. By supporting various insurance plans and offering flexible payment options, our practice aims to provide accessible, animal-assisted therapy services to all patients.

Animal Assisted Counseling of Indiana
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