Once she started working as a therapist at a community mental health venture center, Rachel Kazez’s family, friends, and even friends of friends started approaching her to help them find a therapist. She later started All Along, a consulting service to help match patients with a therapist.
Her business also serves minors seeking mental health care, including teen girls. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports one in five American teenagers have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Additionally, half of all mental health problems begin by the age of 14.
“Teenagers are so complicated because teens in a lot of ways are expected to think and behave like adults [and] have that level of responsibility to take care of themselves,” Kazez explained in a phone interview with Teen Vogue. “At the same time, they’re also treated like children in that their actions are very much directed by other people. The teenage years are also when most mental health problems start.”
Additionally, the political climate has seemingly made things more difficult for some. CNBC reports the online therapy service Talkspace has grown 70 to 80% faster than projected since last fall’s presidential election.
To better understand the adolescent mental health care system, Kazez guides us through the steps of finding the right therapist for you, even when your parents don’t support your decision to pursue therapy.
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