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Teen Counselor
San Jose / Campbell Area

Have you noticed…

  • Your teen may not seem as happy as the used to…

  • They no longer have an interest in sports or extracurricular activities…

  • It is difficult for your teen to concentrate or remember things…

  • Their grades or school performance drops suddenly…

  • They spend lots of time alone, away from family and friends…

  • Are you experiencing frequent parent-teen conflict?

  • Is he or she defiant, rebellious or argumentative?

  • Do you feel they don’t communicate important things to you?

  • Do you just wish your teen would listen?

When I work with teenagers, my goal is to provide an environment of trust and safety so he/she can explore their feelings, express themselves freely and find out who they are.


Do you identify with any of the bullet points above above?

If so, now might be the time for us to chat.

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, there’s a good chance your teen may be struggling with depression, anxiety or low-self esteem. Now might be a good time to for us to chat.

While it’s difficult being a teenager these days, it’s even more difficult being a parent of a teenager.

Unfortunately, there is no book on how to raise teenagers. Most parents use the “trial and error” method hoping they somehow find a way to provide the support and structure their teen needs. However, there comes a time for many families when they need help.

This is not an indication of how “good or bad” of a parent you are but instead get help you and your teen need to bring normalcy back to your home and family.

When I work with teenagers, my goal is to provide an environment of trust and safety so he/she can explore their feelings, express themselves freely and find out who they are.

Most often problems arise because teens are out of touch with their emotional life and have a hard time understanding their feelings. These feelings can generate low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, poor school performance and isolation. 

As parents, it’s even more difficult to process what’s going on especially when our relationship with our teen is strained.

A further familiar crisis between teens and parents is the struggle for autonomy.

As our children become teenagers, the struggle for autonomy becomes more and more of an issue. Too much freedom is dangerous and unhealthy, but too many limits causes defiance, resistance and rebellion.

The goal in working with autonomy issues is helping both parents and teens work together to find meaningful solutions that are both age appropriate and fair-minded.

Competition comes with another set of challenges.

Another one of my passions is to work with students who are competing in both the classroom and on the playing field.

The pressure being put on our youth to achieve is unprecedented. To reach peak performance, I fundamentally believe paying attention to the psychological component of competition is paramount to success.

To succeed, it’s imperative that both internal and external goals be identified. My goal is to not only help identify these goals but to put plan in place to achieve them.

Competing without goals is like sailing a ship without a map. In the end, you never know where you’re going to end up!

Are you ready to help your teen out of his or her slump?

Of course you're ready. But it can be really hard reaching out for to a therapist for help. And what if your son or daughter doesn't feel comfortable with me? I get that. 

So how about we talk for a bit on the phone first to see if I'm even a good fit? If that sounds like the reasonable first step, press the "Schedule Free Consultation"  button below to schedule a FREE appointment. 

After our call, you can decide if you're ready for this and if I’m the right therapist for your teen.

Are you ready for the first step?

It's easy and it's free.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can therapy help me?

There are many ways you can benefit from therapy. You will find Tino Silva’s therapeutic approach is geared towards treating the “whole person”. What this means is that he will work with you and not just your symptoms. By coming to therapy, you will learn certain skills and strategies to not only address the issue you want to work on but also address your overall well being.

It’s also important to note that you don’t need a “psychological disorder” to attend therapy. Many clients come to therapy because they’re looking for personal or spiritual growth. It’s a way of taking time out of their very busy life to work with someone who is dedicated to helping them discover and become their “best self”.

What can I expect on my first visit?

During your first session Tino will meet with you to help you identify issues you want to work on in therapy and goals to be accomplished. Some client’s come to therapy ready to get to work.  Other clients may need more time to decide if he is the right person to help them move forward.  Either way, Tino’s goal is to meet you where you’re at. He believes that trust is earned by allowing a client to go at their own pace. 

Please feel free to be yourself. You don’t need to prepare for your session other than completing the online registration forms he sent you.

I have so many friends I can ask for help, why should I consider therapy?

Friends are a great source of support, love and kindness. In fact, we might even consider some of our friends as family.

But why is it client’s with a great support network still feel the need to seek therapy?

First and most important, our sessions are completely private. You don’t have to worry about someone accidentally spilling the beans to family or friends.

Second, by seeing a therapist, you are working with someone who is trained to diagnose and/or point out patterns of behavior that might be detrimental to your overall well being.

Finally, most friends want to support you, not hurt you. Therefore, often times friends tell you what you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear. The power of therapy is discovering your own solutions that teach you to remember your path to enlightenment so you can find it again when you need it.

Can I be assured our sessions will remain confidential?

The relationship between therapist and client is protected by law and information cannot be disclosed without written consent. The only exceptions are if and when there is suspected child abuse/neglect or when the client threatens serious harm to self or others, in which case every effort is made to ensure the safety of those affected as required by law.

Why don't you take insurance?

Treatment decisions are often decided by guidelines enforced by insurance reviewers who often do not have an understanding of your specific needs. Unfortunately, mental health care is often subject to coverage limits that are a fraction of the coverage provided for other illnesses.  For example, if we determine a psychiatric evaluation or ongoing psychotherapy is the best treatment option, you’ll most likely need the approval of a disengaged third party who is detached from day-to-day psychological/psychiatric care.

Furthermore, in order for insurance to be utilized, the therapist is often required to provide a diagnosis to justify ongoing treatment which may become part of your permanent medical record. Additionally, managed care organizations and insurance companies can require detailed information about your psychiatric history as a condition of payment.  Tino Silva fundamentally believes being mandated to provide private and confidential information to insurance companies violates the confidence and trust between the therapist and client.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can answer for you.

You can relax.
Together we've got this. 



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