How my approach to working with children, teenagers, and young adults is different

Let’s face it – many children and teenagers don’t like therapy or counseling.

It’s boring. It’s uncomfortable. They’re not sure how it’s supposed to work. They are asked questions about feelings they don’t recognize having, and asked about their progress on goals they never signed on for. No wonder they don’t feel listened to.

I approach kids differently. I don’t bombard them with a lot of questions and I don’t try to “get” them to talk with me—an undertaking I find as insulting to us both as it is unproductive. Instead, I introduce a variety of topics and see which ones evolve into conversations that can heal, animate, encourage, stimulate, or inspire. I’m happy to answer questions, offer opinions, and say what I think is going on without ever trying to muscle any points across. I work quickly, but never rush.

I have spent my career thinking about how to provide services to kids and teenagers and young adults that they actually value and respect, and therefore want to participate in. This eliminates the miserable and undignified tug-of-war and other power struggles that a lot of therapists endure when working with this population. It really doesn’t have to be that way.

In Office Services

  • Individual, private therapy for children, teenagers, young adults, and adults
  • Family therapy
  • Parent/child or parent/teen therapy
  • Parent(s) only consultation/coaching


30 minutes $145
45 minutes $200
60 minutes $250
90 minutes $350

Daytime, afternoon, and evening appointments are available.

Longer sessions are available for individuals and families that travel from a distance or prefer a more in-depth or accelerated counseling experience. These two and a half hour appointments are scheduled on weekdays before 3 pm for a fee of $700

What Others Are Saying About Janet

Edgette is savvy about teens’ reluctance to participate in therapy. She recognizes that they don’t trust the therapist and that they find the entire process hopelessly contrived, potentially pointless, yet vaguely threatening. She knows too that therapists frequently make this bad situation worse by trying too hard to make teen clients like them, or taking on too much of the responsibility for making therapy work.

Jim Naughton

Senior Editor Psychotherapy Networker

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(610) 363-1144

412 Newcomen Road, Exton, PA 19341


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