Erica & Eric Help “Teenage Boys” To Reduce Anxiety and Stress & Learn Effective Skills To Better Cope With All Of His Relationships. 

Private Office in Boca Raton. 

Video Sessions Throughout Florida.

Calling Teen Boys

Calling Parents of Teen Boys

Teenage boys have unique needs. They often struggle to cope with the many emotional, physical and developmental changes thrust upon them during puberty and on their journey to adulthood.  Eric & Erica, as a Husband & Wife team, work with teen boys to give them a safe and understanding place to process their deepest thoughts, explore their world in new ways, and to accept their personal struggle as a teenager. We offer your teen son the option of working with either a male or female therapist - or the unique option of working in Co-Therapy with both Eric and Erica.


Common Issues

Teen Boys Benefit From Our Expert Help To Solve Problems In Their Lives

Moods & Emotions:

It's very common for adolescent & teen boys to struggle with their feelings. They may exhibit moodiness, irritability, anxiety, sadness, anger, isolation, loneliness or stress? Is your son engaging in risky behaviors or having ups-and-downs in daily moods? Do their moods change suddenly without warning? For teen boys, it can be scary and stressful to not fully understand their own changing moods and feelings. Sometimes, teen boys' moods can change when their parents are fighting, in the process of separation or divorce, or during the post-divorce time when they begin time-sharing with each parent in different houses. Teen boys need support outside of parents, friends or family. Therapy and counseling allows teen boys to safely share feelings about their moods in a non-judgmental setting.  Let Us Help.

Development & Puberty

Changing bodies. Raging hormones. Irrational thinking. All too often these sudden and uncontrollable changes cause adolescent and teen boys to feel out-of-control, uncertain, and alone. They can struggle with exploring their changing identity. In today's society, there is immense pressure on boys to grow-up quickly and look and engage in actions more suitable to adult men.  According to a 2014 study published in Psychology of Men and Masculinity Journal, teenage boys excessively worry about their body image, which is a risk factor for elevated depressive symptoms among adolescent boys. It's normal for teen boys to feel overwhelmed by all of these changes, especially as they compare themselves to their peers. Are their muscles as big as their friend? Is their friend shaving yet? Why are they taller or shorter than their peers. These are all real and powerful questions and concerns.  Let Us Help.

The Pressure To Be A "Guy"

It’s no secret that societal norms tell teenage boys and men that seeking help for life’s problems is a sign of weakness. When teenage boys exhibit behavior changes or mood changes, they are frequently labeled as “problem boys.” Conversely, when teenage girls have similar issues, they are frequently associated with an overwhelming emotional overload that is understandable and typical. Such inconsistent messages from parents, schools and society can become internalized and compromise the self-worth and confidence of teen boys as they work to find their voice in an increasingly complicated world.  Let Us Help.

Friends & Relationships

Teen boys often present to the world as having two personalities: one in which they display to parents, family and teachers, and the other that they are free to "let out" with their closest friends. The personality that teen boys display with their friends is often met with acceptance and appreciation by their peers, but, at the same time, is often met with frustration and annoyance by their parents and teachers. Honoring the active, playful, and at times painful process of male identity formation gives young men the space and support they need to define masculinity for themselves. When teen boys are in an environment in which they feel safe to be seen and heard for all that they are, they are more open to talk and share their deep thoughts and feelings. Let Us Help.

Mother/Father-Son Relationships

The relationships between parents and children creates a bond that can never be truly broken. It's common for young boys to gravitate and be attached to their mothers when they are young. As they get older, that relationship changes as boys tend to connect more with dad or another male figure in their life. Sometimes, these patterns work in reverse. In either case, for parents, this shift in connection can be understood intellectually, but emotionally, it is often a very different story. During the teenage years, moms and dads of teen boys tend to struggle as they feel their 'motherhood,' 'fatherhood' and guidance is no longer welcome, or, in some cases, rejected by their 'rebellious' teen. Let Us Help Restore That Bond.

Other Common Issues

Teen boys are complex and unique. They each may experience a similar situation or problem in vastly different ways. Is your teen son experiencing academic/school performance changes? Excessive worrying or isolating? Destructive behaviors? Recent or sudden changes in sleep or appetite? A desire to develop his sense of self? Changes in social groups or increased isolated? Irritability, anxiety, self-hatred, or depression? Loss of joy in things was once excited about? Regardless of the "problem," it is solvable.  Let Us Help.

Empowering boys to develop assertiveness skills, self-acceptance, and identity-building is our passion.  Can you imagine how different your life might have felt if you had someone to talk to that wasn’t your parent or teacher, that gave you their undivided attention with non-judgment and compassion, and whose goal was to help you navigate all the moods and challenges that adolescence presents?  What a gift that would be for your son!


Why We're Unique

Erica & Eric Are Experienced & Dedicated Professionals & The Parents of 2 Teens

Male Or Female Clinicians  Or Both:

Erica and Eric are a Husband and Wife Team who are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Some teen boys may feel more comfortable working with a female therapist while others may prefer a male. In most therapy practices, that's as far as the available option go.  At Discovering Destinies, we offer a third, unique option: working with both Erica and Erica in our Co-Therapy format.

In Co-Therapy, your teen son works together with Eric and Erica at the same time. They benefit from both of our perspectives and experience, and, most importantly, it often eliminates any perceived bias or uncomfortability having to work with a therapist of only one gender.

We are passionate about working with teen boys who are searching to feel heard, validated, and, above all else, accepted.  Your teen son wants a safe space to process his feelings in order to balance life, school and family pressures. This unique population often finds comfort to share their inner thoughts and feelings with us as unbiased, non-judgmental and relatable adults. As the parents of two teens, - a boy and a girl - and, most importantly, as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we are dedicated to providing a safe, understanding and non-judgmental place to help teen boys of all ages and backgrounds to “explore their emotions” so that they can process their feelings and grow healthier as young men.  

Work With Teen, Parents & Siblings:

We work with parents and the teens to create a treatment plan with specific, tangible goals unique to your son and your family.  We may cover topics such as perfectionism, procrastination, self-harming behaviors, anxiety, depression, guys, girls, friends, identity, school, body image, and becoming proud to be authentically themselves.  We don't believe that only working with your son is the solution. Our philosophy is that all problems are relational and that is why we often involve the parents and/or siblings in some sessions. We focus not only on your teen son but on how he interacts with others in his world.

The Problem Is The Problem:

As Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we firmly adhere to the belief that the person isn't the problem - the problem is the problem. That means that when we work with a teen boy, I don't see or view him as being the problem. Rather, our focus is on how a situation or condition in his life become a problem for him or for relationships that he has. This perspective is fundamental to our focus on patterns and relationships. We work with teens to discover how they relate to others in their life, how those relationships impact their own identity, and how to cope and adapt to their ever-changing nature. Most importantly, we accept our clients where they are in life – and do not focus on changing them. Remember, its the problem that needs to be solved - not your teen that needs to change.

Experienced & Non-Judgmental:

Our experience working with teen boys taught us that even the most clinically sophisticated approaches to treatment and interventions are only effective if the therapist delivering them comes from a place of connection, compassion, and hope. We pride ourselves on joining with teens using different strategies and modalities best suited to their unique needs and personality.  Therapy helps teen boys to process and cope with the feelings, emotions and issues that they face on a daily basis. It provides an effective way to combat insecurities, feeling misunderstood, find their inner-voice that may feel lost or missing, or to simply develop better tools to cope with life’s endless challenges. Despite the best intentions of parents and family members who may occasionally lend an-ear to hear a teen's stories and sympathize or give common-sense advice, they are often not equipped to help teen boys process and explore their emotions in a healthy and productive manner. 

Benefits of Therapy For Teen Boys

Teens boys and their families may need extra support and guidance to help them deal with and navigate through life's challenges.

Feeling Understood

Most teens feel misunderstood and isolated that no one else understands what they are going through. We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere for teens to say what's on their mind.

Communications

Many teens have difficulty expressing their emotions and feelings. We give them a safe place to explore and develop communication skills and get comfortable sharing their feelings.

Self-Esteem

We view this concept as being two related words. For teen boys, the "Self" is really about answering the question: who am I now as a teenager? "Esteem" is about answering the question: how do I value who I am now? 

Fix Smaller Issues

Therapy certainly doesn’t need to be reserved for life altering events or major concerns. Having your teenage son meet with us can prevent minor issues from turning into major problems.

Decision-Making Skills

When we work with teen boys, we do not come from an "Expert" position Our goal is to equip your teen son with the skills and ability to make better and more satisfying decisions for themselves. 

Parent Involvement

While some therapists focus on "fixing" the teen, we believe that all problems are relational. We involve parents in the therapy process. While many sessions will be with the teen only, some with also be with the parent(s).

Who Are We

Experienced And Dedicated Professionals With Life Experience

Erica H. Epstein, LMFT:

ERICA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Family Trauma Professional and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. I've earned Masters Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as in Education.

PASSIONATE, experienced and sensitive therapist specializing in working with teen boys who are searching to feel heard, validated, and, above all else, accepted.  Your teen needs and wants a safe space to process their feelings in order to balance life, school and family pressures.  I am the mother of 2 teenagers (a boy and a girl), and have over 20+ years of combined experience working with teens and adolescents as a teacher and mental health professional, This unique population often finds comfort to share their inner thoughts and feelings with me as an unbiased, non-judgmental and relatable adult. 

It takes tremendous courage to face your fears, address your weaknesses and ask for help, guidance and compassion from another person. Allow me the honor to show you the respect you deserve, and embrace your stories and unique experiences with the goal of helping you reach your dreams, overcome difficulties, and thrive as you traverse life’s paths towards Discovering your True Destiny..

Read more about Erica...

Eric B. Epstein, ESQ., LMFT:

ERIC is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an attorney with 25+ years experience and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. 

NON-JUDGMENTAL, empathetic and experienced therapist helping teen boys navigate the challenge of growing into successful, content and well-adjusted young men.  During my life’s journey, I have gone through periods where I felt overwhelmed, stuck or simply confused as to how to open-up and explore my emotions as a man in our society. I understand the challenge that teen boys often experience letting down their guard to freely explore their emotions in their lives and relationships.

Read more about Eric...

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Affordable Fees

Services Focused On Client's Needs - Not Those Of Insurance Companies

Private Pay Only:

INSURANCE companies use to simply pay bills for services rendered. It was a simple and clear arrangement that generally worked-well for both patients and providers. Insurance companies have morphed into entities that not just pay or reimburse medical bills - but control most of the process of the patient-provider relationship.

AFFORDABLY priced session fees accommodate almost all budgets. We also offer convenient choice of either 50-minute or 80-minute sessions.

CONTROL of the therapist-client relationship, including number of sessions, frequency of sessions, and length of treatment, should be between ourselves and our clients.

CLICK HERE to read further about the reasons why we chose not to accept any insurance and maintain our only focus on the needs of our clients - not the needs of an insurance company.

Statistics

7.4%

The percentage of youth in grades 9-12 who made at least 1 suicide attempt in 2017.

(AFSP.org)

80%

The percentage of of teens with a anxiety disorder that don’t get treatment.

(Childmind 2015)

50%

The percentage of mental health conditions that start by 14 years of age.

(WHO)

26.1%

The percentage of teen boys (13 to 18) years old who experience an anxiety disorder.

(NIMH)

Many Satisfied Clients...

Her strategies were fun and creative... a safe space... without feeling judged...

"As a teen, it can feel overwhelming to go into therapy. Ms. Erica opened my eyes up to all these new possibilities I never knew existed. Her strategies were fun and creative, allowing me to really understand the root of my anxieties or stressors. It made me feel safe, it was like a safe space where I could say anything and everything without feeling judged in any way, shape, or form... "

Anonymous Teen

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She is passionate about what she does and is an asset to anyone...

"Erica is such a warm, compassionate person and very easy to talk to!  Her experience allows positive change in regards to communication, conflict and figuring out what is missing to make it right.  She is passionate about what she does and is an asset to anyone wanting to improve their relationships and learn skills!  I highly recommend her and her services!

Anonymous Client

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I think he is a great therapist...and makes people feel comfortable...

Eric was a great help during a difficult transitory period in my life. He accurately assessed my underlying issues, and regularly brought attention to several recurring thoughts & circumstances, many of which I was unaware of.  I think he is a great therapist, and is able to make people from almost any background and perspective feel comfortable with sharing their problems with him..."

P.E.

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Easy Process To Begin With Erica &/or Eric...

#1

Review our website to learn all about our approach to therapy and counseling focused on teen boys. Take your time and read our articles and watch my videos too. 

#4

We'll email you (and any other parent/guardian) a link to our secure Client Portal where you fill-out our easy to complete Intake Forms, including Questionnaires. 

#2

Call, Text or Email us to learn more about how we can help you and your son's particular need and situation. Let us answer all of your questions and concerns about therapy. 

#5

By having the parent and the teen complete separate questionnaires, we are able to better understanding the issues and concerns from both teen and parent perspectives.

#3

When your teen is ready, we will schedule a date/time for our 1st session. We offer the option of sessions in our Boca Raton office, or via secure video from the comfort of home or office. 

#6

Congratulations!  You're now ready for our 1st session.  It's normal and okay to feel anxious or nervous. We Will Help Your Teen Son Discover His True Destiny!

Easy Process To Begin With Erica &/or Eric...

#1

Review our website to learn all about our approach to therapy and counseling focused on teen boys. Take your time and read our articles and watch my videos too. 

#3

When your teen is ready, we will schedule a date/time for our 1st session. We offer the option of sessions in our Boca Raton office, or via secure video from the comfort of home or office. 

#5

By having the parent and the teen complete separate questionnaires, we are able to better understanding the issues and concerns from both teen and parent perspectives.

#2

Call, Text or Email us to learn more about how we can help you and your son's particular need and situation. Let us answer all of your questions and concerns about therapy. 

#4

We'll email you (and any other parent/guardian) a link to our secure Client Portal where you fill-out our easy to complete Intake Forms, including Questionnaires. 

#6

Congratulations!  You're now ready for our 1st session.  It's normal and okay to feel anxious or nervous. We Will Help Your Teen Son Discover His True Destiny!

Easy Process To Begin With Erica &/or Eric...

#1

Review our website to learn all about our approach to therapy and counseling focused on teen boys. Take your time and read our articles and watch our videos too. 

#2

Call, Text or Email us to learn more about how we can help you and your son's particular need and situation. Let us answer all of your questions and concerns about therapy. 

#3

When your teen is ready, we will schedule a date/time for our 1st session. We offer the option of sessions in our Boca Raton office, or via secure video from the comfort of home or office. 

#4

We'll email you (and any other parent/guardian) a link to our secure Client Portal where you fill-out our easy to complete Intake Forms, including Questionnaires. 

#5

By having the parent and the teen complete separate questionnaires, we are able to better understanding the issues and concerns from both teen and parent perspectives.

#6

Congratulations!  You're now ready for our 1st session.  It's normal and okay to feel anxious or nervous. We Will Help Your Teen Son Discover His True Destiny!

Confused? Full of Questions?Don't Know Where To Start?

Let Erica & Eric Answer all of Your Questions about Our Therapy Services For Teen Boys