Child & Adolescent Therapy
We provide individual cognitive behavioral therapy for children, as well as parenting consultation, and family therapy. Research has shown that parental involvement in CBT therapy improves child outcomes. The degree and frequency of parental involvement will be discussed during the intake session and will vary based on the age of the child, and the type and degree of psychological difficulty.
Diagnoses and Areas of Therapy Expertise
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety
- Separation Anxiety
- Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks
- Specific Phobias
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Related Disorders
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Skin Picking
Behavior and Attention Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Non Compliance
Health Behavior Change
- Behavioral Weight Management
- Stress Management
- Medication Compliance for Pediatric Health Problems (Diabetes, Crohns Disease, Asthma)
Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
- Problem/risky drinking
- Alcohol Use Disorder
- Drug Use and related problems
- Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention
Parent-Child Relationship Concerns
- Adjustment to Divorce and Loss
- Procrastination and Perfectionism
- School Change
- Mental Health related to Medical Conditions
- Assertiveness and Self-esteem
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or “CBT” is an evidence-based, time limited, and solution-focused therapy based on the premise that much of the pain and suffering children experience comes from negative thinking patterns and associated unhelpful behaviors which work together to maintain kids’ psychological distress. These patterns of thinking and acting are so automatic that children are not even aware of them, and can affect entire families. CBT is a collaborative approach that teaches children and their parents new ways of thinking (i.e., the “cognitive” part) and acting (i.e., the “behavioral part”) which are more balanced (i.e., less negative) and lead to improvements in psychological well being. CBT empowers kids to problem solve and cope with their own difficulties while supporting parents with strategies to help their children achieve success.
CBT has a strong evidence base through extensive clinical trials for a variety of mental health concerns including: generalized anxiety and worry, social anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger, disruptive behavior disorders, and parent-child relationship problems.
We offer parenting consultation and support. This can be provided in conjunction with ongoing individual child/adolescent CBT, or be provided just to the parent(s) without their child’s participation in therapy. We empower parents with the knowledge required to be more effective when interacting with their children and adolescents. Parents will learn to how to better understand their child’s behavior and emotional difficulties, examine the impact of their own behavior and its origins, enhance parent-child communication, use effective behavior management techniques, learn techniques to help relieve their child’s emotional distress, practice mindfulness and distress tolerance strategies to help in successfully implementing new parenting strategies, and most importantly help to build the parent-child relationship through perspective-taking, greater understanding, and presence with their child or adolescent.
We also provide family therapy when clinically indicated.