mind by design


Trusted Counseling For Teens
in New Jersey | Online Therapy

If you have concerns about your adolescent’s mental health and are searching for online counseling for teens, Mind By Design in NJ offers specialized services for teens and pre-teens, ages 12+. Teen years can be challenging for families, and the WHO reports that 1 in 7 10-19 year olds experience a mental health challenge. Consequently, teens who experience physical, emotional, and social changes during the formative years are most vulnerable to mental health issues. Our online counseling for teens offers creative interventions to keep your child engaged and supported as they navigate adolescence. 

The Need for Specialized, Online Therapy for Teens 

The teenage years are a tumultuous time filled with rapid changes and significant challenges. As teens navigate the path to adulthood, they encounter a unique set of stressors that can lead to symptoms such as increased anxiety, depression, and a host of other mental health issues. Parents and guardians must be able to recognize these signs and symptoms and consider the benefits of online therapy for teens.

What To Expect In Counseling for Teens

Online therapy for teens in New Jersey is available with Mind by Design’s treatment options. Our online therapists empower children, teens and families through  therapeutic techniques to accomplish specific goals. In addition, it is a collaborative effort by both the teen and the therapist to develop a trusting relationship to deal with challenges together. As a result, teens who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other conditions can work toward mental well-being without feeling the anxiety often associated with clinic-settings. 

Common Stressors &
the Role of Therapy for Teens

Teenagers face all types of stressors, from academic pressures and life transitions to the complexities of social relationships. High school and college applications, along with the quest for identity and independence, can overwhelm even the most resilient teens. In such cases, counseling for teens can be a lifeline. By providing a supportive environment, therapists help teens navigate these challenges, develop coping strategies, and build a stronger sense of self.

Therapy Shouldn't be boring.

Our therapy services extend beyond just talking. We are committed to supporting teens by offerring a diverse range of therapy modalities that keep engagement high and therapy-avoidance low. Therapy for teens many include art therapies, interactive therapies, community-based therapies, VR Therapy, and more.

Whether your teen is dealing with academic issues, life transitions, or challenges related to their identity, our therapists are equipped to guide teens towards a healthier, more confident future.

Understanding Teen Mental Health

Understanding the common disorders associated with teens and children will help parents identify a problem. Subsequently, searching for counseling may begin after identifying common psychological and behavioral factors. However, if no action is taken, this could affect the teen’s chances of a fulfilling life as an adult. Therefore, treating mental health is just as vital as physical health. Here are some common disorders teens and children face:

The Value in Seeing a Specialized therapist for teens and young adults

Online counseling for teens in New Jersey provides therapy, lifestyle skills, and personal growth activities to improve well-being. First, an assessment is performed to determine problem areas and establish goals for the treatment. Secondly, the first few sessions can decide if the relationship matches and if counseling can continue. Lastly, therapy options and a treatment schedule are determined.

Types of Online Counseling for
teens in New Jersey

Online counseling for teens in New Jersey can replace negative behaviors, thinking, and coping mechanisms with positive and healthy factors. Fortunately, evidence-based therapies successfully treat mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and relationship dysfunctions. Finally, a combination of treatments can be introduced to treat different issues.

Therapy can increase self-esteem, confidence and build a strong foundation for mental and physical well-being. In addition, therapy builds a strong foundation for future happiness. Options for treatment can include one or all of the following:

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Virtual Reality Therapy

Virtual Reality Therapy incorporates new technology, including a computer-generated simulation that explores new coping mechanisms to trigger situations in a safe environment.

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Expressive Art Therapy

Alternative Therapy offers art and play therapy for teens to use as helpful supports in therapy. The use of play, art and creativity allows for the therapeutic environment to feel calm an comfortable while fostering progress towards therapy goals.

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Grief Therapy

Grief Therapy offers techniques and therapies to process loss, grief, or change. Experienced therapists specializing in grief counseling can help children and teens learn new healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their emotions and feelings. Visit Or Grief Counseling Page Here

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for teens helps to identify the causes of anxiety or depression and how to change thoughts in behaviors to resolve the issues.

How To Know When It's time to get online Counseling for your teen

Parents who recognize the signs and symptoms of a problem may be able to address it with their teens. However, realizing that some teens may resist and refuse to see a professional is essential. Mind By Design Counseling offers specialized online therapy for teens, see if one of our specialized therapist is a good match. After a few sessions, and over time, the teen could trust their therapist.

Adolescents are experiencing more than physical changes during their teen years. Early detection and treatment are imperative to address the signs and symptoms of a problem. If you can identify your teen’s signs and symptoms, consider teen therapy in New Jersey.

  • Angry, irritable, and impulsive
  • Worried, anxious and depressed, or sad
  • Stomach issues and changes in eating habits
  • Inconsistent sleeping habits
  • Gender identity
  • Difficulties at school or test anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Family dysfunction or divorce
  • No interest in activities usually enjoyed
  • Social interactions cause anxiety
  • No focus or concentration
  • Excessive perfectionism or OCD
  • Educational transitions

Benefits of online Counseling for
Teens in New Jersey

The benefits of online counseling for teens in New Jersey are innumerable. For example, adolescents and children experience many mental health disorders. In addition, individual therapy can help address the symptoms of depression or anxiety and teach techniques to address them. Subsequently, some mental health disorders, such as phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder, have severe symptoms that disrupt one’s ability to live a happy, fulfilled life. Finally, evidence-based therapies have been proven successful with many mental health disorders.

Moving in another direction, counseling for children can address traumatic events, dysfunctional family relationships, forms of abuse, and bullying. First, these factors adversely affect children and teens, and need professional help to process strong emotions and feelings. Secondly, strong emotions can be buried without therapy and cause behavioral issues later in life. Most importantly, adolescents are acquiring habits they will carry with them for a lifetime so that counseling can set them up for a happier and more fulfilling life.

Find The right Counselor for Your Teen

Counseling for children and teens is imperative when there is a psychological or mental health concern. But parents are often trying to figure out what to do to help or how to decide what option is best. However, Mind By Design Counseling in New Jersey offers trained therapists who can work with you through an assessment and provide online treatment for your child or teen. You can contact us online with an inquiry or by phone to move forward to see if it’s a good match for everyone. 

Get In Touch With
An Online Teen Therapist Today!

By reaching out to Mind by Design, you’ll be connected with skilled therapists who specialize in adolescent mental health. Our intake process is designed to match your teen with the therapist best suited to their needs, ensuring a supportive and effective therapeutic experience.


Counseling for children and teens is imperative when there is a psychological or mental health concern. But parents are often trying to figure out what to do to help or how to decide what option is best. However, Mind By Design Counseling in New Jersey offers trained therapists who can work with you through an assessment and provide online treatment for your child or teen. You can contact us online with an inquiry or by phone to move forward to see if it’s a good match for everyone. 

Call Today To Get Started

Are you ready to take the next steps to speak with our online therapist? Call us now at 609-300-6481 to get an appointment scheduled.

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FAQ's about Online counseling for Teens

How do I get started as a new client?

New Clients can reach out to us directly via call, text or email here:




Or, you can complete a new client form and we’ll reach out to you within 24 hours here:

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What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.

Does my insurance cover my visits?

We provide”Courtesy Billing” for clients who are using the Out-of-network insurance benefits.

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Do you offer traditional talk therapy?

of course! though we have some unconventional therapy approaches, we are rooted in evidenced based practices. Talk therapy is a major player in the therapy room! See What we Treat and Integrative Services for more information

Is Online Therapy As Effective As In-Person Therapy?

Online therapy is essentially face-to-face counseling, just conducted remotely. Studies show that teletherapy is as effective as traditional counseling. Professional organizations and state governments recognize its benefits and have set regulations for it. However, like any therapy, its success in achieving your goals isn’t guaranteed. It’s important to discuss with your therapist whether teletherapy is working for you.

Can I Change Therapists If I'm Not Happy?

Yes, you can switch therapists to another provider within the practice, or we can provide you a referral if preferred. We want to ensure that your time and effort are well spent, and that you are getting the relief you need, that’s why we work collaboratively with each other in the practice, as well as outside therapists who we know and trust.

How Do I Know If Therapy Is Helping?

You should feel like you’re making progress. Signs it’s working include:

Feeling comfortable talking to your therapist
Your therapist respects boundaries
You’re moving towards your goals
You feel listened to
You’re doing better in life
Your self-esteem is getting better

Is Online Therapy Easy to Use for Non-Tech-Savvy People?

Yes, it’s pretty simple to access sessions. You’ll need basic internet skills, such as opening and visiting the patient link sent to you via email. It’s similar to video chatting like Facetime or Zoom. We can also walk you through it on the phone the first time to ensure a strong connection

What Questions Should I Ask My New Therapist?

Feel free to ask anything. Some good questions are:

  • How often will we meet?
  • What do you specialize in?
  • What experience do you have with my issue?
  • What outcomes can I expect?
  • How will I know I’m progressing?
  • How long do you usually work with clients?
  • How will we set my treatment goals?

How Should I Prepare for My First Session?

Showing up is all that you need to do! But if you really want to get the most out of session, it could help to take some time to think about what you want from therapy. It helps to write down your goals, questions you have or things that you feel are important to share. 

What is the difference between associate therapists & fully licensed therapists?

Our Qualifications:

Our founder, Rebecca Sidoti, is a highly qualified, state-licensed therapist and supervisor with extensive training in anxiety related disorders and innovative treatment such as Ketamine Therapy. Mind by Design Counseling adheres to standards set by the our governing counseling boards.

To see each providers credentials, training and licenses, visit our “Meet the Therapists” Page to learn more.


  • LAC/LSW are therapists who may practice clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.
  • LPC/LCSW are therapists who have completed the necessary clinical hours post-graduation under supervision and can practice clinical work independently.

What Geographic Areas Are Served?

Currently, we serve clients in New Jersey and are expanding to other states as telehealth laws evolve. While telehealth offers the convenience of attending sessions from anywhere, state laws require clients to be in-state during their session.

Is Virtual Counseling Suitable for Everyone?

Online therapy might not be as effective for individuals with chronic suicidal thoughts, severe trauma, significant mental health history, or those recently in intensive care. Such cases often benefit more from traditional, in-person counseling. We’ll help you decide if our online services are right for you during your intake and evaluation.

What Equipment is Needed for Online Therapy?

To join a session, log in using the credentials we provide. No downloads are needed. Our platform, compatible with both individual and group sessions, requires:
A computer or mobile device with a webcam and internet access.
We’ll help you test your setup before your first appointment to ensure a reliable connection. iOS users should use the Safari browser for mobile and tablet sessions.

What Questions Will Therapists Ask Me?

It depends on your goals. Expect questions about your thoughts, feelings, relationships, work, school, and health. They’ll ask to understand your therapy goals.

How Do You Keep Client Information Secure?

Security and Confidentiality of Sessions:
Your privacy is crucial to us. We use TherapyNotes, a HIPAA-compliant platform, ensuring secure and confidential teletherapy sessions. This platform’s security features include encrypted video connections, secure data transfers, and encrypted databases, ensuring your information is safe at all times.

What is VRT used for?

we use VRT to support Exposure Therapy, a long standing traditional therapy modality to treat phobias, anxiety and stress. we send a headset directly to your home so you can access VRT from anywhere.

VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.

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