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 teens reflects an incompatibility between their skills and the demands being placed upon them by their environment.

I Can Help You

Acting Out Behavior

Whining | Pouting | Sulking | Crying

Screaming | Swearing | 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. We need to see their behavior as a cry for help, and answer that call...

The Problem Is Lagging Developmental Skills

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Executive Functioning

The ability to pay attention, organize, plan and prioritize, as well as start tasks and stay focused to completion.

Language Processing

The capacity to focus on the important sounds in a noisy setting, and understand and recall the order of sounds and words. 

Emotional Regulation

Being able to manage emotions and impulses, and respond in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible.

Social Skills

Knowing how to recognize non-verbal gestures of body language, follow directions, refrain from interrupting, and demonstrate empathy and rapport.

Problem Solving

The capacity to identify the issue and understand everyone's interests, as well list, evaluate, and select from the possible solutions options.

Punishments and Rewards Not Working?

Rather than react to their behavior, help your teen discover effective ways to respond to challenging situations.

I can help You

Teen Services

Teen Coaching

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

Teen Counseling

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

Teen Mentoring

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

Helping Parents To Understand Their Teen

Before learning the more complex skills of goal-setting, time management and social skills, teens need to develop the coping skills necessary to respond to criticism, disappointment, and change.

Free Consultation

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. 


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. 


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


(Photo of Sandra Dupont MA, MS, MFT)

Teens Need Flexibility, Adaptability & Frustration Tolerance To:

  • GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME
  • DO HOMEWORK
  • MANAGE FEELINGS
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS
  • CLEAN THEIR ROOM
  • TAKE "NO" FOR AN ANSWER

Parenting Support

Free Initial Parent Consult

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You'll receive a thorough assessment of the situation with my most helpful recommendations. 

Parent Coaching

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You will learn how to slow down, set and maintain firm boundaries, and heal your relationship with your teen.

6-Week Private Parenting Class

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

An Innovative Approach To Raising Happy Healthy Teens

I specialize in helping emotionally intense teens, expand their “window of tolerance,” so they are less triggered into states of acute stress, rage, tension, panic and anxiety.   

The Sensitive Suffer More

I teach teenagers who do not fit nicely/neatly into society’s mold how to find their tribe, and discover that place where their gifts are actually celebrated, and not merely tolerated. 

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Sandra Dupont MA, MS, MFT

√ Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor
√ Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology
√ Masters Degree in Education
√ 10+ years as a Respectful Parenting Coach in L.A.
With advanced training in:
• Adolescent Development
• Treatment of Diverse Clients
• Respectful Parenting Training (RIE)

Looking Beyond Diagnoses

I understand what teens need in terms of support and guidance, and can teach them the skills they are lacking and how to apply them in their daily lives.

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Adolescent Therapist|Parent Coach|Teen Mentor

Proudly serving: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Beverly Glen, Culver City, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Topanga Beach and Topanga Canyon, Ocean Park, Hancock Park, West Hollywood

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Schedule a FREE Initial Consultation today

I offer a FREE Initial Parent Consultation to confirm that I am a good match for your family. You will get an immediate and direct experience of the value I provide.

LA Teen Whisperer

1247 7th Street, Santa Monica, California 90401

(310) 951-5678

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm

Friday mornings: 10 - 2


* LA Parenting Teens Coach in Santa Monica