Raising Teens Can Be Hard.
Really Hard.

Navigating the ups and downs of parenting teens can offer feel like a daily test of your patience and bring about a sense of worry...deep worry.

It’s the kind of can’t-eat, can’t-sleep, pervasive worry when you desperately want to do the right thing, but feel confused, overwhelmed, and powerless.

It’s that sense of panic — you know the one: the heart-stopping, waking at 3AM fear that your child is up to something, needs something and you don’t know what to do.

You wait for a big sign that reads: “Warning. Danger Ahead.”

Please, consider this your sign.

If you have a teen, there IS danger ahead.

You are Not Alone

Ninety-nine percent (99%!) of the parents who come into my therapy practice feel.

Parenting at this phase of your son or daughter’s life can be exhausting, demanding, grueling and just straight-up difficult because as teens grow, so do their problems.

The things that worked when they were younger, won’t work now.
In addition, there is a concerning trend that I call middle-of-the-road parenting.

The peril of middle-of-the-road parenting is that all too often,
you miss the warning that something big is going on.

Danger Can Take Many Forms...

  • your teen is no longer talking with you.
  • your teen is experiencing anxiety or depression.
  • your child has been searching porn sites.
  • your daughter just announced she and her boyfriend want to take their relationship to the "next level."
  • your daughter received detention for pushing another student.
  • your son's progress report shows a few F's.
  • your child’s best friend is cutting.
  • you heard that a group of kids in your child’s grade just got busted for smoking pot.

"My son was having constant behavior issues at school. It got to the point where he was at the office nearly every week. Since he started with Julie he has not gone to the office not even once! Praise the Lord for having given such potential/talent to Julie! She over-delivers and truly engages with the child and us parents. Thank YOU Julie!"

L.R., mom of two, ages 10 and 14

Nowadays, it’s no longer a matter of if your child will experience or be exposed to things. It’s a matter of when.

Because of your need, I have created What to Do When™, a unique series to address these concerns and more.

What to Do When™ pulls from my proven treatment plans that have helped the adolescents and parents I have worked with in my practice.

With What to Do When™, you will:

  • Understand how and what makes your adolescent tick.
  • Learn how to talk and listen so your child opens up.
  • Understand how to prevent future issues before they start.
  • Redirect and respond by anticipating situations your tween-to-teen will experience.
  • Help your adolescent develop skills to be more flexible, solve problems and manage conflict and pressure.
  • Reduce tension, fighting and power struggles between you and your child.
  • Create a robust system of support for you child and yourself.
  • Up-level the relationship between you and your tween-to-teen.
  • Establish trust and respect between you and your child.
  • Stop feeling like you are walking on eggshells around your child.
  • Feel centered and confident in yourself.

Hi, I'm Julie Smith, licensed psychotherapist, behaviorist and adolescent specialist.

For almost three decades, I have dedicated myself to the field of family and adolescent development. I specialize not only in helping parents + professionals speak teen, but I also offer support during high-risk, high-need situations.

I'm also the parent of three teens as well so I now how confusing this journey can be. 

What to Do When™ pulls from my proven treatment plans that have helped the adolescents and parents I have worked with in my practice.

It is your companion to address the tough stuff, in the most supportive, open, and loving way, before things spiral out of control.

What to Do When™ offers three dynamic ways to help you navigate the confusing, frustrating and worrisome experiences that you and your teen with face.

What to Do When™
Parent Guides

The What to Do When™ Parent Guides prepare you with the insight and tools needed to support your teen. Our parent guides address concerns like: 

• communication

• bullying

• technology use + social media

• sexual + gender identity

• self-harm

• depression + anxiety

• vaping + drinking

• defiance and more.


What to Do When™
Insider's Circle

The Insider's Circle is your personal resource library and community to gain the insight, information and strategies you need to navigate the ups and downs of the adolescent years.


Led by licensed psychotherapist and teen expert, Julie Smith, the Insider's Circle gives you the inside scoop on the top teen issues affecting teens and so much more. Members receive a monthly video lesson, pep talks, Q+As with teens, expert interviews and more.


What to Do When™
Thrive Groups

The Thrive Group is your deep dive into the relationship with your teen. This online coaching group is directed by your needs and your concerns, such as improving communication, supporting mental health or addressing immediate trauma or managing the daily grind of life with teens. 


Led by licensed psychotherapist and teen expert, Julie Smith, this intimate group is designed to give you support so you can help you and your teen now. 



What to Do When™ supports you in being the parent your child needs during the uncertain adolescent years. And, what your child needs is understanding, support and an investment … an investment in them and in you.


My son was having difficulty adjusting to the many changes that were happening in his life - middle school, divorce and more. I turned to Julie for help and I am glad I did. I see my son growing and healing in so many ways. He looks forward to his visits with Julie. I would definitely recommend Julie to anyone in need of support."


What to Do When™
Parent Guides


What to Do When™
Insider's Circle


What to Do When™
Thrive Groups


Still have questions?
We have answers.  

If you have additional questions about which What to Do When path would work for you, please contact our offices.


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