Therapy for Anxious Teens & Twenty-Somethings

There’s a lot on your plate these days, and searching for a therapist can feel like a daunting task. I’ll cut to the chase so that you can make sure you’re in the right place:

I work with anxious teens & 20-somethings who are constantly worrying, overanalyzing, and feeling downright exhausted from the stress of it all.

I help people worry less, feel calmer, and face life’s challenges with more courage and confidence.


The teens and twenties can be stressful phases of life that are full of change. Change can include navigating the challenging years of middle and high school; going away to college; or managing the pressure that comes with finding your place in the professional world. Some level of worry and stress is simply a part of of the human experience. Other times, worry can grow to the point where it feels out of control. 

While coming of age transitions and major milestones can be exciting, they can also lead to stress and anxiety.

When stress builds up inside without a proper outlet, it can morph into full-blown anxiety that leaves you feeling emotionally and physically drained. Your thoughts start to race, you feel constantly on-edge, and even simple tasks feel so hard.

Anxiety can be the culprit of unexplained physical symptoms as stress hormones constantly pump through the body. Your chest feels tight, it’s hard to eat, your head hurts, and your baseline state is “tired and wired.” As you’re checking out my website, you may even have another tab open where you Googled things like “why does my stomach always hurt” and “is this anxiety or a heart attack?”

Untreated anxiety chips away at self-confidence until fear is in charge of your life instead of you.

You’ve probably tried ignoring, denying, or even numbing these problems. The thing is, thoughts become more powerful when we avoid them, and they end up popping back up in unwanted places, like work or school. People often find me when they are completely worn down from worrying and overanalyzing everything. Something has to give.

You’re here because you’re ready to tell fear who’s boss and to take control of your life again. I’m here to help you tackle the barriers holding you back.

Just because you’ve felt this way for as long as you can remember does not mean you have to feel this way forever. Change is totally possible for you, and my job is to help you get there. In our work together, I’ll teach you strategies to reduce worry and cultivate healthy habits that will help you to experience newfound calm and confidence.


I’ve supported teens, the parents who love them, and adults in various
roles and settings for the past decade. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Even the most stressed out teens can skillfully navigate challenges if they have adults who believe in them and a toolbox of effective coping strategies.

Adulting is hard, but with the right support, it can be a really awesome and exciting journey, too! 20-somethings can summon bravery they never knew they had as they heal from the past and confidently embrace a more hopeful future.

Families can find more patience for one another, improve communication, and rebuild relationships as they move forward together.

You’re right on time for the perfect moment to start changing your life.

Let’s get started today! Due to COVID-19, we will be meeting for therapy online on a HIPPA compliant, confidential video platform. The first step is to send me a message below to schedule your 15-minute phone consultation. During this phone call, you can tell me about you, and I’ll tell you how I can help. Most clients find it helpful to review the “Payment and Insurance” tab and “Therapy Nuts and Bolts” on my website prior to our first call. After we both agree that we are a good fit for one another, we can schedule your first session!


Barb Shepard, LMHC, PLLC
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