Helping Teens and Families Live Happier Lives

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teenage boy smoking a joint with the title "unmotivated and disinterested"
teenage girl perfectionist looks insecure and holds sign reading "me 4 class prez."
teenage girl in despair about dropped notebook "overcome by trauma.'
angry teenage boy in baseball cap with title "angry and belligerent."
boy in hoodie using tablet: "shy and withdrawn."

Helping Teens and Families Live Happier Lives

teenage girl hunches over and cries with the title "sad and overwhelmed"
teenage boy smoking a joint with the title "unmotivated and disinterested"
teenage girl in despair about dropped notebook "overcome by trauma.'
angry teenage boy in baseball cap with title "angry and belligerent."
teenage girl perfectionist looks insecure and holds sign reading "me 4 class prez."
boy in hoodie using tablet: "shy and withdrawn."

Helping Teens and Families Live Happier Lives

teenage girl hunches over and cries with the title "sad and overwhelmed"
teenage boy smoking a joint with the title "unmotivated and disinterested"
teenage girl in despair about dropped notebook "overcome by trauma.'
angry teenage boy in baseball cap with title "angry and belligerent."
teenage girl perfectionist looks insecure and holds sign reading "me 4 class prez."
boy in hoodie using tablet: "shy and withdrawn."

Helping Teens and Families Live Happier Lives

Welcome to Teen Therapy Center. My name is Kent Toussaint. I'm the founder and clinical director.
We are a group private practice here in Woodland Hills, California. We are filled with therapists
who are fun loving, professional, warm, and we specialize in helping kids, teens and families
live happier lives. And we do that because we speak teenager and we speak parent. And we are often
the interpreter in between the two to help bridge those gaps to make sure that teenagers are
finally understanding parents, parents are understanding teenagers. And we're helping
develop greater communication, better empathy, healthier boundaries within the family.
But when we understand a kid or a teenager, we also have to understand what it's like to be a little
kid and a young adult and a parent. Because when you're a teenager, you're in this amazing transition
period where you got 1 foot as a kid and 1 foot in the adult world. And it's confusing and it's frustrating.
You know, I know we've been teenagers. Your teenagers

are going through it for their very first time. And so my job, or our job as therapists is to help
them go through that. We do that through individual therapy, family therapy, and sometimes
group therapy, depending on what your kids needs are. There are a variety of issues we deal with,
obviously. Self esteem issues, school motivation, anxiety, depression, attention issues,
autism spectrum, anyone who identifies multi, exceptional or two E. We work with those people
every day. Kids who are their families are going through divorces or even sometimes when they're
blending families together. Those can be very nuanced, complicated issues. And sometimes
having a therapist to help bridge the gap, help increase and develop better communication
is really helpful. Thanks for stopping by. Please check out our website. Give us a call. We're
happy to provide a complimentary phone consultation so you can ask all your questions. We can
provide you the answers so you feel comfortable choosing us. And

if somehow what you're asking for is outside of our scope, we're happy to provide you other resources
so you can find the referrals you need to get the help you need for you and your family. Thanks
again. My name is Kenta Tussant. This is Teen Therapy Center, and we look forward to talking
to you soon.

Welcome to Teen Therapy Center!

The mission of Teen Therapy Center is to help children, teens and families live happier lives. We’re good at it too! We speak both “teen” and “parent” which helps us break down barriers to communication. Our staff is a group of fun loving professionals from a variety of backgrounds. You can meet them here.

Teen Therapy Center offers individual, family and group therapy. We’re happy to offer a free consultation to see if we’re the right fit for you. If not, we can still help guide you to the support you need. Get in touch at (818) 697-8555, we’d love to hear from you!

Online and Phone Sessions Available!

Teen Therapy Center is offering virtual therapy through platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, or via phone call. Whether you attend session in-person or from home, our therapists remain committed to providing a high level of care, compassion, and support for you and your family.

Online and Phone Sessions Available!

Teen Therapy Center is offering virtual therapy through platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, or via phone call. Whether you attend session in-person or from home, our therapists remain committed to providing a high level of care, compassion, and support for you and your family.

Our Latest "Tips on Teens" Video

Tips on Teens is our weekly segment on Facebook Live where Kent Toussaint answers your parenting questions. We cover a wide range of topics affecting teens and their families. We’ve archived all the videos right here on the site. 

Click below to search our library of Tips on Teens videos for answers to your questions. As always, we love to hear your questions. Send them to us here.


All of a sudden, your honor student is self -isolating from family and friends and refuses to
go to school. What are you supposed to do? Well, let's talk about that today on Tips on Teens.
My name is Kent Toussaint. I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist, and I specialize in
helping kids, teens, and families to live happier lives. I lead two organizations, Teen Therapy
Center and the non -profit 501c3 organization, Child and Teen Counseling, both here in Woodland
Hills, California. And every Wednesday at noon, I jump on to Facebook Live to answer your parenting
questions. Let's answer today's. My daughter is 15 years old. She's straight. She's in all
AP classes. She's been in private school her whole life. She has no known drama or trauma. And
suddenly, however, she refuses to leave her room. She won't go see friends. She won't spend
time with a family. She won't take medication and she refuses to see a therapist. What should
I do? Thank you for your question. Clearly it is a very

alarming situation. I know you say there's no known drama or trauma but I think there's some
unknown drama or trauma from your point of view. I'm sure your daughter probably knows what
it is. We just don't know what it is yet. She probably needs some support. I'm you I worry for her
because I don't know what's going on, but there's a fear of self -injury or suicidality, which
are two different things, but you wanna make sure she gets help. If she won't open up to you and
talk to you, is there another trusted adult? Is there an older cousin or a grandparent or a coach
or someone who she can confide in? For therapy, generally, when I talk to parents on an intake
call, I'm like, well, I don't think my kid's gonna talk. She refuses to say anything if you can
get her here or to whatever to the therapist you want us to go see You can get her to the therapist
and that therapist Specializes and kids and teens they'll likely get them talking. It's no
guarantee, but it's better than what's happening

right now You need to do something Because it's untenable for her to just hide in a room for days
or weeks or however long it's been So we need to get her help Whether I don't know if medications
what's needed right now because I don't know this person But I don't mean from the symptoms you're
talking about. I think therapy could be a big help Also, there are therapy groups like at our
nonprofit. We have a high school girls group That maybe she would be more open talking to a group
of other teenage girls led by you know a couple of you know Positive female role model therapists,
so I think you need to take action, but from a place of compassion We don't want therapy to be seen
as a punishment. We want to be saying hey We all need help in supporting, you know, what's going
on right now in the family. We want to support you and we want our support as well. So we need help
as well. So maybe if you approach it as a way as the family is getting support, not just her, maybe
she's more open to

getting in that car, but I think you need to find some way to get her that support. I wish there
was a silver bullet aims for this. I don't think there is. I don't think I have enough information
to know what that silver bullet is, but something's going on. There's an emotional need that's
not being met and we need to find a way to meet that emotional need for your daughter. Anyways,
that's our question for today. If you'd like me to answer your question here on Tips on Teens,
email us at tipsonteens at teentherapycenter .com. Again, my name is Kent Toussaint with Teen
Therapy Center and the non -profit Child and Teen Counseling. And I will see you guys next Wednesday
at noon on Facebook Live. Bye -bye.

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"Ask Kent" at CBS Morning News

Our Clinical Director, Kent Toussaint, appeared on his ongoing segment “Ask Kent” at CBS Morning News.  Kent answered questions from parents about REAL parenting issues.

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