LA Teen Whisperer
in Santa Monica

For Emotionally Intense Teens & their Parents

(310) 951-5678

Your Kid Is Not The Problem

Acting out behavior in most teenagers expresses an incompatibility between their skills 

and the demands being placed upon them by their environment.

I Can Help

Acting Out Behavior


Whining, Pouting, Sulking, Withdrawing, Crying


Screaming, Swearing, Kicking, Hitting, Lying


Drinking, Drugging, Self-harm, Violence

Their Behavior Is Not The Problem

Challenging kids will always look bad when they are challenged beyond their capacity to respond effectively.

I can help

The Problem Lies in Lagging Developmental Skills


Executive Functioning

  • Paying attention.
  • Organizing, planning and prioritizing.
  • Starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion.
  • Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you're doing)

Language Processing

  • Noticing, comparing and distinguishing between distinct and separate sounds. 
  • Focusing on the important sounds in a noisy setting.
  • Recalling what you’ve heard, either immediately or when you need it later.
  • Understanding and recalling the order of sounds and words. 

Emotional Regulation

  • Having the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses.
  • Controlling one's behavior, emotions, and thoughts in the pursuit of long-term goals. 
  • Responding in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible

Social Skills

  • Listening, following directions, and refraining from interrupting.
  • Demonstrating empathy and rapport.
  • Recognizing non-verbal gestures of body language.
  • Understanding personal accountability.

Problem Solving

  • Identify the issue.
  • Understand everyone's interests.
  • List the possible solutions options.
  • Evaluate the options.
  • Select an option or options.

Punishments & Rewards Not Working?

Rather than using punishments and rewards to try and influence a challenging teen's behavior, we must try to understand what they may need in terms of support, and help teach them the skills they are lacking.

I can help

Teen Services

Teen Coaching


Empowering teenagers, by teaching them the social and emotional coping skills necessary to thrive in this world.

Teen Counseling


Guiding teens through creative discussions  to uncover and address current challenges that they are struggling with. 

Teen Mentoring


Encouraging teens to create a vision of the experience of life that they would like to have, and supporting them in that goal.

Helping teens strengthen their flexibility, adaptability & frustration tolerance.

Let Me Help

FREE Parent Consultation

The best time to consult with me is when you have noticed changes in your teen’s behavior — impacting their ability to connect with others and cope with their challenges. 

As an experienced teen therapist, I can help assess any challenge your teen may be experiencing and offer you effective recommendations for solving the problem. 

I specialize in working with teens & young adults—from all cultural backgrounds—whose path of development is a little more complex than others

* LA Parenting Teens Coach in Santa Monica

Helping parents to understand, and heal their realtionship with their teen.

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Parenting Support

Free Initial Parent Consult


I do a thorough assessment of the situation to give you my most helpful recommendations. 

Parent Coaching


I support parents in slowing down, setting and maintaining firm boundaries, and healing their relationship with their teen.

6-Week Private Parenting Class


Ongoing support to better understand your child and change the dynamics at home. (Includes workbook and email support)

Sandra Dupont MA, MS, MFT

10+ years as a Respectful Parenting Coach in Los Angeles

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LA Teen Whisperer

1247 7th Street, Santa Monica, California 90401

(310) 951-5678


Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm

Friday mornings: 10 - 2

* LA Parenting Teens Coach in Santa Monica