For me, providing teen counseling, young adult counseling, and family therapy is a passion. I know, I know, this term "passion" is used frequently enough that it can water the term down. But in my case, it is what gets me up in the morning and drives me to excel -- and has since 2003.
The development of Katy Teen & Family Counseling as a group practice, including our Vision, Mission, and Values, is derived from this passion. They provide the framework in which I can focus my and my team's energies in helping the teens, young adults, and families in the Katy, Texas and West Houston area.
A large part of the reason I chose to specialize as a therapist has to do with my experience as a teenager. Looking back, there was help but we simply didn't access that help.
Life During the Teen Years . . . in the 1980's and 1990's
As a teenager in the 1980's and 1990's, topics around mental health were not widely discussed. Emotions and feelings were not a topic of conversation in my household as was common in many households in that generation.
Starting my teen years, I had developed teen anxiety. I had no clue what I was experiencing. I just "knew" that I was different than other kids and felt broken. And I largely suffered in silence.
Right or wrong, I didn't believe my parents could help. And not many people saw a therapist back then unless it was under extreme circumstances.
Teen anxiety led to teen depression. Teen anxiety and teen depression led to acting out behavior. Anxiety, depression, and acting out led to dabbling in substances. And all this led to a lot or family pain and chaos.
Some of these behaviors followed me into my young adult years. However, early on in my young adult years, I had some divine intervention that led me to turn my life around. I was very fortunate and will be forever grateful for this as it set me on my current path.
I looked back and wondered how things may have been different for me and my family had I been able to see someone who specializes in teen therapy, young adult counseling, and family counseling. My mission, my passion, is to provide to your teen, young adult, and family what very well could have helped me and my family in my teen years.
The Values of Katy Teen & Family Counseling
I start with the Values of Katy Teen & Family Counseling as our practice values are the foundation of our Vision and Mission:
Empathy & Acceptance
Being Devoted & Committed to Client Care
The Vision of Katy Teen & Family Counseling
Based on our shared Values, our Vision at Katy Teen & Family Counseling is:
"Through our Devotion and Commitment to client care, and providing a comfortable, confidential, and healing environment, Katy Teen & Family Counseling will be the counseling practice of choice for teens, young adults, families, and couples in providing healing today for a promising tomorrow".
Through the context of my experience as a teenager, if I and the other therapists as Katy Teen & Family Counseling can help positively change the trajectory of a teenager, young adult, family, or couple, we can help provide the "healing today for a promising tomorrow".
Our vision is to provide the quality services needed to help you change your trajectory so that the challenges of today, can stay in the today and not follow you into your tomorrow!
The Mission of Katy Teen & Family Counseling
The mission of Katy Teen & Family Counseling is:
"Providing a healing environment with experienced clinicians utilizing research supported therapy practices, we help teens, young adults, families, and couples restore hope, happiness, and connected family relationships."
It has always been important to me that our practice provide healing through our counseling and therapy approaches. Also important is that the environment itself is a healing environment:
We have scented plug-ins to provide aromatic comfort,
We have snacks and drinks for our clients and therapist to enjoy,
We have selected art that is visually appealing,
The furniture we have is selected was selected with comfort in mind,
We have music playing in the lobby and in the lounge,
Fidget toys to play with, and
Last but not least, a massage chair for parents to be destress and unwind while waiting for their teen (This is open to all ages 12 and above).
It's also important to me as the practice owner that our therapists provide those therapy approaches that are supported by research and have shown to be effective.
Among our approaches we provide that are supported by research, we provide:
The Current State of Teen & Young Adult Mental Health
Today, having therapists who specialize in teen, young adult, and family therapy is more important than ever. In October of 2021, the America Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children's National Hospital, came out with a joint statement. They identified that child and adolescent mental health is now a "national emergency".
There has been a steady increase in problems related to emotional and behavioral struggles in teenagers and young adults for the past 10-15 years. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association:
"Nearly 7.7 million children and teens in the country – about one in seven – have at least one treatable mental health disorder, including depression, anxiety or ADHD, new research finds.
But half of these young people did not receive needed treatment from a mental health professional in 2016, according to the University of Michigan study published in JAMA Pediatrics.
“Untreated mental health disorders can have a debilitating impact on children’s healthful growth and throughout their transition to adulthood,” says lead author Daniel Whitney, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow with Michigan Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation."
If you have a teen or young adult who is struggling with emotional or behavioral challenges, take that first step and reach out to a therapist. Katy Teen & Family Counseling is but one of the many resources in the Katy, Texas and Houston area.
With the many individual therapists and group practices around, there is a therapist that is the right fit for you. Tackle these challenges today so that the transition into adulthood can be a smoother path and not a rough road.
Teen Therapy & Young Adult Counseling: Katy Teen & Family Counseling
Many of the challenges that teenagers and young adults are seeking therapy for include anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, performance anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, trauma, or PTSD, and other challenges.
If you are ready to meet with a therapist, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:
Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling
Let us help you overcome the problems of today to provide a promising tomorrow
Other Therapy and Counseling Services Offered at Katy Teen & Family Counseling
At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we provide a variety of therapy approaches that are supported by research and shown to be effective. Some of the teen therapy and young adult counseling we offer are:
Board Certified Neurofeedback Therapy
Peak performance (optimal academic brain performance)
Peak performance (optimal athletic brain performance)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)
Group Therapy for Teens
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling
Whether it is parenting a teenager or young adult who struggles with emotional or behavioral challenge, choices and decisions made that have led to loss in trust, or other relationship challenges, marriage counseling and couples therapy can help.
Relationships are complex and take work. It can be helpful to have an objective, third party who is also experienced in marriage counseling and couples therapy. At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we also provide couples therapy and marriage counseling.
About the Author
Jason Drake is a Licensed Clinical Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Board Certified in Neurofeedback, EMDR trained, and a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics. He has provided therapy to teens and families since 2003 and is the Owner & Lead Clinician at Katy Teen & Family Counseling.
He specializes in leading teams of high performing therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, family counseling, and counseling young adults.
Jason is also a leader in the field of teen, young adult, and family counseling providing coaching and technical assistance to teen Residential Treatment Centers across the country.
Jason is also a regular contributor to various magazines and publications lending his expertise to various mental health related topics. You can check these articles out on our "Featured Articles" service page on our website.
If you are ready to start your counseling journey, you can email, call, or text us directly at:
Phone Number: 346-202-4662