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  • Writer's pictureNeil Parekh

Ep. 10 Sara Wilson, LMFT | Shining Light on Shadows: Teen Girls and Therapy

Updated: 3 days ago

Please join me and my co-host, Dawn Helmrich Neuburg, for the tenth episode of “Shining Light on Shadows: A Candid Conversation About Mental Health.” Our guest will be Sara Wilson, LMFT, a therapist and speaker who works with teens and young adults to support their mental health.

Ever wonder what's going on inside your teen's head (or your own young adult brain for that matter)? This episode will focus on teens and young adults ages 13-23. We'll explore the reasons behind teenage mood swings, risky behavior, and the quest for independence. We'll also explore generational shifts in how young people are talking about mental health and therapy.

We'll be talking about some of the themes that come up in her practice:

The Social Jungle: Friendships and Social Media Blues

Body Image Battles: Building Self-Esteem

Academic Stress: The Pressure to Succeed

Mental Health Concerns: Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders

Finding Your Identity: Gender Exploration and Self-Discovery

Healing from the Unthinkable: Sexual Assault and the Path to Recovery

We’ll be live Thursday, July 11 at 7pm ET / 6pm CT. If you can’t watch the show live, you can watch the recording at your convenience on this website or the links below.


You can watch the show and the recording here

or watch and comment on social media:

*We won’t know the exact urls for Twitter and Instagram until we go live. These links go to Neil and Dawn’s accounts respectively.


As Sara wrote in her blog post, “I LOVE working with teenage girls and young adult women. People often raise an eyebrow when I say this because they remember their own tumultuous teen years, but it’s true.” She closed by writing, “The years between 13-23 are FULL of exploration, healing and questioning. It is my absolute honor to serve this population in my therapy practice.”

I used the framework in Sara's blog post to have a candid conversation with my 11-year-old daughter Emily. She even fact checked, reviewed and approved my post.

Sara’s blog post struck a nerve with Dawn, causing her to reflect on both her own and her 23-year-old daughter’s experiences. Dawn wrote, in part, “Finding the right way to love yourself should definitely begin between the ages of 13 and 23 and certainty shouldn’t wait until you are 52.”

The show is produced by Digimentors on a pro bono basis.


Resources / Relevant Links (Particularly for Teens)

National Eating Disorders Association Website:

The Trevor Project

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline 800-950-6264 Or text "HelpLine" to 6264;

Mental Health America Call or text 988 or chat; Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673);


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