About Teen Talk Line

Joelle’s Bio

Joelle Jacobson, M.A., L.M.F.T., P.P.S., Treatment Placement Specialist has been working with children, tweens, adolescents, college girls, adults and families in California for over a decade. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Brentwood and has her Pupil Personnel Services credential for academic advising. Joelle offers counseling in an office, in-home, via phone, and via videoconference; TeleHealth. She works collaboratively with her tween, teen and young adult client's educational psychologists and psychiatrists to ensure they receive accommodations at school, along with her adolescent, young adult and adult client's psychiatrist, treatment facility and sober living home. Joelle has taught Human Development courses on the high school level, implemented speaker series', created mentoring, diversity and body image programs in middle schools and high schools and spent several years providing free counseling services for a public school district through Jewish Family Services. Aside from working with adolescents and their families in a private practice format, Joelle worked at an all girls' high school over the course of the past ten years, providing personal and academic counseling. She also worked for three different school districts providing psychological assessments for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Aside from Joelle's private practice and speaking engagements at middle schools, high schools, universities, corporations and conferences, she also works for the Betty Ford Center, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation addiction treatment centers in Rancho Mirage and West Los Angeles.


Joelle’s Mission

Joelle Jacobson, M.A., L.M.F.T., P.P.S., Treatment Placement Specialist designed Teen Talk Line to make short-term counseling and TeleHealth more accessible to teens to accommodate demanding schedules and time constraints. Many teens want and/or need counseling, but do not have the transportation and/or the time to sit in traffic to get to the appointment, talk for an hour, then sit in traffic to return home. They have been up since 6:00 a.m., had a full day of school, an extra-curricular activity, maybe some community service, still have homework to do, an exam to study for, a project to work on and SAT or ACT flashcards to memorize. Joelle is not only available for counseling after school in her private practice, via phone or videoconference, but teens can also have a TeleHealth or phone session with Joelle during their free period at school in a confidential setting on campus. TeleHealth allows her clients to keep weekly counseling consistent when they are out of town, ensures privacy for a client that does not want to be seen walking in and out of the office and assists in counseling for parents and with family therapy when some family members cannot be physically present in the office.


Joelle has seen firsthand how the demanding schedules of tweens and teens building their college resume can be detrimental; emotionally and physically. Teen Talk Line wants to be part of the solution by offering face-to-face, phone, videoconference; TeleHealth; counseling for tweens, teens, young adults and their parents, as they need support as well. The goal is to build an emotional resume during this time of growth and change. In order to achieve future goals, it is important to have a knowledgeable sounding board who tweens, teens, young adults and their parents can trust to discuss any psychological and academic issues they might be experiencing.


Teen Talk Line looks forward to helping you work through any issue, small or large, towards living a happier and healthier life.