Frequently asked questions by parents

TeenCounseling is an online platform where teens from ages 13-19 can get help from a licensed therapist online. TeenCounseling.com makes affordable, discreet, professional therapy available through a computer, tablet, or smartphone. All teens can benefit from having a professional therapist at their fingertips to discuss issues such as coping skills, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, depression, bullying, anger, eating disorders or any other mental challenges.
After you sign up to the site, you will be matched with a licensed therapist. You can then invite your child and they will receive the invite code via email and text message.
Professional therapy through TeenCounseling.com can help your child to deal and cope with various issues such as anxiety, stress, self-esteem, depression, bullying, eating disorders, relationships, anger, and more. It can help your child be more successful in developing coping skills and it provides them with a resource that is available to help them when they need guidance and support.

TeenCounseling.com is not the right solution for your teen if any of the following is true:
  • Your teen is in an urgent crisis or emergency situation
  • Your teen was required to undergo therapy either by a court order or by any other authority
  • Your teen does not have a device that can connect to the Internet or your teen cannot access a reliable Internet connection.
Therapy on TeenCounseling,com is based on a flat membership fee that covers both the use of the platform and therapy for both you and your child. While face-to-face therapy can cost $150 to $250 for a single session (or about $1,000 per month), the cost of therapy through TeenCounseling ranges from $60 to $90 per week (billed every 4 weeks) and includes messaging, chats, phone, and video sessions.
Therapists on TeenCounseling.com are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social Workers (LCSW / LMSW), or licensed professional therapists (LPC). All of them have a Masters Degree or a Doctoral Degree in their field. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training, and practice. While their experience, expertise, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience.
The professionals who work through TeenCounseling.com are licensed and credentialed therapists who have been certified by their state's board to provide therapy. However, while the service may have similar benefits in some cases, it is not able to substitute traditional face-to-face therapy in every case. Please note that TeenCounseling.com therapists will not be able to make any official diagnosis, fulfill any court order, or prescribe medication.
Your teen will be assigned the one therapist to work with for as long as they participate with TeenCounseling.com. However, if you wish, you can always switch to another therapist on the platform.
We strive to deliver a web experience that is aligned with the most recent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) at the AA level, published by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

  • If you are on a desktop browser, you can enable and launch the accessibility preferences by visiting the Accessibility page.
  • For mobile users, we recommend using your device’s native accessibility features. Instructions for iPhone can be found here , and for Android can be found here.
  • Therapy is done in four ways:
    • Exchanging messages with the therapist
    • Chatting live with the therapist
    • Speaking over the phone with the therapist
    • Video conferencing with the therapist
    You can use different ways at different times as you wish, based on your needs, availability, and convenience.
    You and your child will each have a dedicated "room" which will be your private and secure place to communicate with the therapist. There will be two separate rooms - one for you and one for your teen. In the therapy room, you and your child can exchange messages with the therapist at any time, from anywhere, using any Internet-connected device. The room is open 24/7 and since messaging is not in real-time it doesn't require scheduling. Instead, you (or your child) can choose whenever you want to write or respond to your therapist. You will get a notification by email when the therapist has sent you a message.
    It can be sometimes useful to have a text conversation with your therapist in real-time. This way you can still enjoy the convenience and privacy of messaging but also enjoy a "live" interaction that allows instant response and feedback from the therapist. To have a live chat session, you will first need to schedule a time with your therapist. At the scheduled time, log in to your account to start typing and chatting with your therapist.
    Phone sessions are a great way to conveniently speak with your therapist by simply using your landline or cell phone, no matter where you are. To talk with your therapist over the phone, you will need to schedule a time with your therapist and log in to your therapy room at that time. The therapist will prompt you to start the phone session and the system will ask you for your phone number. The system will then call you at that number and connect you with your therapist to start the phone session. Please note that the phone number you enter will not be shared with the therapist.
    You can also have a video session with your therapist where you will be able to see each other and talk with each other in a virtual face-to-face setting (similar to Skype).
    To talk with your therapist via video, you will need to schedule a time with him or her and log in to your therapy room at that time. He or she will then prompt you to start the video session. After you confirm, you will immediately begin video chatting with your therapist.
    • If you're using a computer or laptop: Make sure you are using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser. Video sessions are not currently supported in Internet Explorer and Safari browsers. You can download Chrome for free from here
    • If you're using an iPhone or iPad: Make sure you use the TeenCounseling app, which you can download from the App Store
    • If you're using an Android phone or tablet: Make sure you use the TeenCounseling app, which you can download from the Google Play Store.
    Neither Teen Counseling nor Therapists on the Teen Counseling Platform submit claims to Medicare, Medicaid or health insurers. Services offered using this site are generally not covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

    Coverage and benefits for traditional therapy and therapy services change from one health insurance company to another and from plan to plan, but generally the following rules apply:

    • With many health insurance plans, coverage can be partial or very limited.
    • Even if your plan covers all your costs, the co-pay that you would be required to contribute may be higher than the entire cost of Teen Counseling.
    • In many cases, before you can get reimbursed by your insurance company, your therapist would have to diagnose you with a mental disorder or issue. This diagnosis would be sent to the insurance company and recorded in your medical file. In some cases the therapist would also have to provide additional clinical information to the insurance company, such as treatment plans, summaries or copies of the entire record.

    If you consider using your health insurance, please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

    • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
    • What is my deductible and has it been met?
    • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
    • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
    • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
    Please note that Teen Counseling offers very affordable pricing options which are typically comparable with the co-pays of most insurance plans.
    You can reset your pin by first logging out of the account on the app in your account settings. Once you log back in, you will be prompted to create a new pin.
    The service is provided by independent providers who work directly with their clients. These providers are not employees of Teen Counseling and the site doesn't oversee them professionally. Our mission is to build, maintain, and support a platform that lets users and therapists communicate effectively, and to facilitate this channel so they can get the most out of their interaction.

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