Children & Adolescents

All children will experience the normal stressors associated with healthy growth and development. When a child has a mental health disorder these stressors are more challenging. Mental health issues can be exacerbated as children enter adolescence. It is common for mood and conduct disorders to emerge at this time.

Per the Center for Disease Control 2019 report, increasing rates of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse in teens reflect a mental health crisis. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents. Various factors influence these trends. Prevention with the use of evidence-based practices is the best defense.

Children need support and guidance that is individualized to their unique strengths and weaknesses. Early intervention can improve treatment outcomes and reduce the persistence of issues into adulthood. Counseling fosters a child’s natural resiliency through the development of a positive self-image. Children will learn new tools for effectively managing stress and overcoming challenges.

Bullying and Cyberbullying

In Florida, 67% of students report being bullied. If your child has been bullied, you may be concerned with the impact it’s had on them. Being bullied online, at school, or elsewhere can lead to anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, stomach-aches, decreased academic achievement, absenteeism, substance abuse, and self-harm.

Therapy can help provide your child with support and helpful tools for managing bullying effectively, resolving associated distress, and rebuilding self-esteem. Bullying is never about the target and is always about the bully. Bullies put others down to feel better about themselves. Of course this doesn’t lessen the hurt felt by the child who is bullied. In counseling, children explore coping strategies, decision making, self-advocacy, social skills, and increase self-esteem.

Social Media and Screen Time

It’s a difficult time to be an adolescent. On top of the usual academic and social stressors of high school, the emergence of smart phones, social media, and selfies have created an entirely new platform for competitiveness, bullying, and negative self-appraisal. Every generation has experienced these difficulties to some extent, but the kind of connectedness today’s teens are experiencing is unique. While their knack for filming, editing, and cyber communicating is relevant and enviable, they face unique pressures and require a specific skill set to overcome challenges.

Is The Screen Addictive?

Technology can foster educational, creative, and innovative drives through various programs and applications. It can also be disruptive and addictive. While social media use has been linked with increased anxiety and depression, regulated and moderated internet use is a salient part of healthy development.

Self discipline and impulse control is something all children need to work toward as they begin deciding between what they want now, and what they want most. It may be discovered that behind the screen lies the real issue: your teen may need help with anxiety, coping skills, time management, communication, impulse control, or self-efficacy.

In counseling, teens can get the help they need to grow into a healthy and thriving young adult.

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Individual Therapy

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Children & Adolescents

Improve treatment outcomes and reduce the persistence of issues before adulthood with evidence-based therapy practices.

Stress Management

Develop skills and techniques that help counterbalance daily stress, improve relationships, and increase your sense of well-being.


Learn how to effectively treat anxiety, manage symptoms, cope with stress and panic attacks, and live your best life with North Star Therapy.


Help treat depression from the inside out and move towards a full recovery with proven techniques and various adjunct therapies.

Substance Abuse & Addiction

Retrain your brain and learn new habits with addiction therapy at North Star Therapy and discover how fulfilling sobriety can be for you and your loved ones.

Couples & Marriage Counseling

Get your relationship back on track with couples therapy, offering new and effective ways to resolve conflict and improve the health of your relationship.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Using a combination of natural strengths with new skills and strategies, North Star Therapy can help manage ASD at various stages of life and levels of functioning.


Tampa’s LGBTQ+ community faces specific and recurring challenges that North Star Therapy understands and effectively helps treat for every person at any age.

Women’s Issues

North Star Therapy helps empower women to use their voices and create space for themselves in society through treatment of discrimination, sexual assault & more.

Telehealth Therapy

At North Star Therapy we understand the need for convenient counseling. Therapy is a significant investment of time, energy, and money, so we want to eliminate as many barriers to treatment as possible. Telehealth therapy increases access to services for those who have busy schedules.