We are all aware of the alarming increases in teen depression and anxiety, the opioid epidemic that is affecting so many families, and concerns about how technology is shaping our youth’s brains and emotional capacities. At WCPA, we work with countless numbers of teens and have been striving to find ways to effectively communicate with teens about these very real concerns.  One thing we have learned is that standing up in front of a large group of teens and lecturing them does not work. They tend to tune out, which makes it difficult for them to internalize the message. Instead, we have put together a program designed to reach teens where they are, in a way that they will respond to – smaller group interactive conversations.

Please click the link below for more information on the Teen Strong Program offered through West County Psychological Associates.

Teen Strong

Meet the Presenters:

Cari McKnight, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She specializes in private therapy for individuals, couples, and families dealing with relationship/interpersonal difficulties. She also provides mental health therapy for issues such as depression and anxiety. She has extensive experience in mental health treatment and is passionate about helping others create balance and happiness in their lives.




Tony Tramelli, LPC received his Master’s in Counseling from Webster University with a focus in mental health counseling. Tony works with individuals, couples, and families on a number of issues. These include depression, anxiety, grief, behavioral issues, academic problems and issues surrounding marital concerns, divorce and family transition. In addition, Tony provides therapy for individuals, couples, and families struggling with issues around technology, including gaming addiction and internet pornography addiction. He also provides presentations and seminars to schools on technology related topics.

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