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Therapeutic Conversations with Adolescents:
Helping Teens in Therapy Thrive in an Ultra-Competitive, Screen-Saturated World

“If we want to change the conversation we’re having with our teenagers, then we have to change the conversation we’re having about them.”

Dr. Janet Sasson Edgette

Child & Adolescent Psychologist

Hello! I’m Dr. Edgette

Engaging, practical, therapeutic conversations influencing the lives of kids, adolescents and young adults. 

Nationally recognized for an original approach to reaching children and teenagers who are turned off by the idea of therapy.

… by the author of Why Teens Hate Therapy

Individual Therapy

Say good bye to awkward encounters in uninspiring spaces with gobs of paperwork. Come have a conversation with me that will be engaging, personal, practical, relevant to the matter at hand and, most important, productive.

Parent Consultation

A lot of parenting advice is unoriginal, trite, and outdated. Some of it is just bad. Our kids are clever and sharp-witted and have different needs from those of just a decade ago. Contact me for practical guidance that is in step with the times.


My workshops for professionals are interactive, full of case examples, and focused on helping therapists avoid the pitfalls of trying too hard to get teens talking or becoming too careful about saying the “wrong” things.


What would you like to have a conversation about? Improving parent - teen relationships / Why your teen won’t talk to you / Raising kids with emotional intelligence / Boys who don’t play sports / Kids and stress / Maybe something else?

Published Books

The Last Boys Picked
Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood

Stop Negotiating with Your Teen:
Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent

Adolescent Therapy That Works
Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place

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Recent Posts

Boys Will be Boys? Just A Lousy Excuse for Bad Behavior

Boys Will be Boys? Just A Lousy Excuse for Bad Behavior

For too long this familiar adage —  “boys will be boys”  — has served as nothing more than a thin disguise for poor behavior that boys and men should have long outgrown or never developed in the first place. Countless acts of cruelty, bullying, teasing, assault,...

3 Reasons Why Your Teenager Rejects Your Excellent Advice

3 Reasons Why Your Teenager Rejects Your Excellent Advice

Ever wonder why your teenager takes a pass on your advice? Especially when you know for a fact that it's really good? Here are three reasons why teenagers might look elsewhere for solutions or support, or nowhere at all. It can explain those times when they stick with...

“Making A Point” with your teen versus having a conversation

“Making A Point” with your teen versus having a conversation

Olivia calls her dad a s**t-head every chance she gets, but what she really wants to say to him is this: “Every time you talk to me you’re trying to make some point and it gets old. Plus, you think you’re being funny but it hurts my feelings and that’s why I don’t...

My Son Doesn’t Like to Play Sports and I’m OK With That

My Son Doesn’t Like to Play Sports and I’m OK With That

My son doesn’t like to play sports. And I’m okay with that. I’m not so sure about the rest of America, though. In our culture, it seems that boys who aren’t interested in sports are quickly set apart from the other boys on the block. At least that’s what happened to...

"Janet Sasson Edgette should have been fictitious adolescent Holden Caulfield's therapist. On the evidence of her new book, she is one of those rare adults who understands adolescents' obsession with all things "phony." She writes with chatty authority about what the experience of therapy feels like for teens, mapping the many shoals on which adolescent therapy can founder."

Jim Naughton, Senior editor, Psychotherapy Networker

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