Psychotherapy. Assessment. Advocacy. Workshops.
We offer psychotherapy services across the lifespan from children as young as two and three to older adults in individual, play, group, and family modalities. Our areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, disruptive disorders in childhood and adolescence, as well as personality and relationship problems. Our group works closely patients and community members such as active duty and military families, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, college students, parents, special education attorneys, higher education and school systems, inpatient and outpatient hospital personnel, and individuals from various socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnically diverse heritages.
Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a specialized approach to working with children, adolescents, and their families. Psychotherapy helps the child or adolescent understand and manage feelings more effectively, recognize and change poor coping strategies, and reexamine negative feelings of him or herself. The goal of treatment is not simply to overcome immediate struggles, but to help each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of life and to build a deep, long-lasting strength and resilience. Child and adolescent psychotherapy relies heavily upon work with parents during every phase of the treatment. In addition to helping the child return to the path of normal, healthy development, child psychotherapy aims to strengthen the relationship between the child and parents to a normal, loving and mutually gratifying one. We work to build a strong, trusting relationship with the child and family in order to become partners in understanding the child’s challenges and capabilities.
Psychological and psychoeducational assessments are available to clarify a diagnosis, facilitate a deeper understanding of personality, assess for a learning disability, evaluate attention and executive functioning, and obtain accommodations for standardized testing. Assessments are powerful tools that facilitate a deeper understanding of personality and aid in problem-solving for learning issues. In clinically complex presentations, psychological assessment provides clarity via a deeper and refined understanding of the nature and severity of symptoms. For children, adolescents, or adults who struggle to learn, manage attention, or engage in standardized test taking, a psychoeducational evaluation can reveal the underlying reasons for difficulty, assist in the development of school-based interventions, and provide evidence for the need of testing accommodations.
Consultation and advocacy services are available in order to support parents who have children with unique needs. Navigating school systems is challenging. We provide families with knowledge about federal and state laws related to educational disabilities and attend IEP/504 meetings to advocate for the needs of children.
We offer psychoeducational workshops to facilitate awareness of various topics regarding psychological health and wellbeing. Our team has supported ACLU via People Power, local law firms, insurance brokers, insurance companies, and school districts. Topics have included mindfulness, substance abuse, disarming racial microaggressions, psychological health during a pandemic, child and adolescent mental health, parent psychoeducational workshops (the development of the mind of a child; the development of psychological agency; reflective parenting), learning disabilities, ADHD, resiliency and mental toughness, psychological development over the lifespan, understanding and managing disruptive behaviors in children, as well as special education advocacy within the public school system.