Teens & Pre-Teens

Beach Cities Psychotherapy – Serving the South Bay Communities of Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, Palos Verdes and surrounding Beach Cities.

We will get in the trenches with you and help you get to the root. We are not nodding-head therapists.

Life can get overwhelming for teens and preteens. Therapy can help.

At Beach Cities Psychotherapy, we provide Therapy for Teens by meeting them where they are. We strive to create a relationship that fosters trust and growth.

The teenage years can be a challenge both for parents and teenagers as teenagers’ brains undergo intense change particularly in the prefrontal cortex which controls their impulsivity and judgement. They are children who need and want their parents; they are also individuating and want absolutely nothing to do with their parents. It’s confusing for them and often confusing for parents as well.

Parents often worry about their teenagers and it’s understandable. The changes happening in the teenage brain are hard to grasp, both for teens and their parents. Our therapists provide a safe space for teens to explore social struggles, anxiety, depression, and issues of individuation and identity as well as the stressors around balancing academics, extra-curricular activities, college applications, and plans for the future.

If your child can identify with any of the following experiences (or others), therapy may be right for them. 

Social anxiety or struggling with social interactions. Feeling isolated or alone..

Sadness, anxiety or mood swings that affect daily life and relationships.

Struggling with low self-esteem that impacts their willingness to participate in activities they once enjoyed.

Suffering from the effects of bullying.

Struggling with academic, social or athletic pressures.

Coping with family changes including divorce or relocation.

The teenage years can be challenging and sometimes it helps teenagers to have a place to process their feelings and build healthy coping skills.

Our goal in working with teenagers is to cultivate the tools they need to thrive and navigate relationships at home, within their family, and with peers so that they have a solid foundation as they transition into adulthood.

Why Beach Cities Psychotherapy?

Are you looking for a therapist who lights pretty candles, smiles and nods while you talk about the same problems week after week? 

If you are, that’s not us.

At Beach Cities Psychotherapy, we ask the challenging questions and get in the trenches with you.  Sometimes trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, or identity issues get in our way. 

You may feel empty, broken or even worthless when other people may think you have it all. 

We help you make the shifts you need to live the life you want and feel able to appreciate it. Our goal at Beach Cities Psychotherapy is to cultivate change and healing by asking you the hard questions, addressing the areas where you are stuck, and confronting pain with treatment and healing.

We are direct, hands-on and we value humor above candles. Our therapists are not scared of your pain, your fear, your struggles.

We will delve beneath the surface when you are ready.

We value your mental health, your time and your resources too much to talk about the same problems in the same ways that you always have.  

Often people come to Beach Cities Psychotherapy when they feel like other therapists have skimmed the surface and they need more.

We want to help you heal and find the clarity you need in your life. 


Meet Your Therapists:

Shannon Meena, ACSW

For people struggling with ruminating thoughts or who feel trapped by their anxiety, Shannon Meena is a lifeline. Shannon’s CBT skill set gives her the ability to offer tools to transform anxiety and her empathic approach and ability to connect to clients is her superpower.

Shannon creates a safe space where clients can explore their feelings, learn effective communication skills, and strengthen their self-esteem.

In addition to working with anxiety and life transitions, Shannon is also experienced working with depression and has training TF-CBT to help teens and pre-teens with issues relating to trauma. She works with adults and also has a unique ability to connect with pre-teens and teenagers.

Read her full bio here.

Gabby Nahle, AMFT

For individuals grappling with career transitions, relationship challenges, or self-esteem issues, Gabby Nahle is a beacon of support. Gabby’s expertise in psychodynamic theories, attachment theory, and CBT equips her to provide tailored interventions that open the door to personal growth and healing. Her empathic approach allows her to build meaningful connections with her clients.

Gabby fosters an environment of trust and openness, empowering clients to explore their emotions, develop effective communication skills, and build their self-worth.

In addition to working with anxiety and depression, Gabby is experienced with trauma, providing specialized support to teens and adults dealing with PTSD and other trauma-related issues. She effectively addresses a wide range of issues across diverse client backgrounds, from children to adults.

Read her full bio here.

We Offer Walk and Talk Therapy

Our location offers us a unique opportunity to bring clients to the beach in Hermosa for sessions by the ocean when clients request it.  Walking during therapy creates an alternating rhythm of our steps on the pavement and stimulates alternating sides of our brain which facilitates processing.

Fresh air and nature are also helpful to healing.  Moving when we feel stuck can also help us to move through life’s obstacles and create a tangible, very real momentum that is both literal and metaphorical.

While our therapists also work with clients in the office, Walk & Talk sessions are beneficial for clients who don’t want to sit on a sofa for an hour. It’s okay to alternate between Walk and Talk sessions and in-office sessions. Our therapists understand that not every day feels like a good day for a walk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which payment methods are accepted?

Payments can be made with cash, check, credit card, or Zelle.

What is the cost of psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy fees vary depending on which therapist you select to work with as well as which service you are seeking. Feel free to contact us to discuss the exact fee.

Are psychotherapy fees covered by health insurance?

We are not in-network with any insurance companies.  If you have a PPO plan or a plan with out-of-network benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you for services.  This means that you will be responsible to pay for our services up-front and then we provide you with forms to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

You can check your specific mental health benefits with your health insurance and ask the following questions:

  • Do I have benefits for outpatient psychotherapy services with an out-of-network provider?
  • Do I have a deductible and has it been met? If my deductible has not been met, what deductible needs to be met for insurance to reimburse?
  • What will insurance reimburse after that deductible has been met and what do I need to do or provide in order to get reimbursed?
  • How many psychotherapy sessions will be covered per year?

We Make Getting Started Easy

Step 1. Reach Out

Step 2. Schedule Your First Session

Step 3. Feel Like You Again