We specialize in therapy with children and adolescents for:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs, i.e. hair-pulling, skin-picking)
We utilize evidence-based treatments (EBTs) in our work with all of our clients. Examples of EBTs that we routinely provide are
cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Both of these approaches are demonstrated by research to be effective for both anxiety and mood disorders.
Children and adolescents benefit from individual therapy just as adults do. Individual sessions involve discussion and/or therapeutic play between the therapist and the child as well as development and practice of problem-solving and coping skills. For anxiety disorders, exposure work is often done in sessions, which may occur in or out of the office.
Parents may be included in their child's sessions and/or will meet privately with the therapist to to discuss their child’s progress and any concerns they may have. This inclusive approach serves to strengthen parent-child relationships and encourage the development of effective parenting strategies.
Despite parental involvement in a child’s therapy, confidentiality between the child and the psychologist is an important aspect of most therapeutic relationships. Usually, specific details regarding what the child has shared with their therapist are kept private unless the child feels comfortable sharing the information with parents. Exceptions to this general “rule” include situations in which we believe the child is in danger of hurting him/herself or being hurt.
We are especially sensitive to the importance of privacy in our relationships with teenagers. Therapy with adolescents often involves less time spent with parents, although parents are always kept informed of their child’s progress and are invited to share concerns or feedback with us. During the first visit, careful attention is paid to reviewing an adolescent’s right to confidentiality before embarking on the therapeutic process.
In all cases, we strive to involve parents at a level that is most productive in improving the child’s or teenager’s relationships, functioning, and self-esteem. Our caring and realistic approach to working with children, adolescents, and families helps all family members to feel comfortable and begin to see progress.