Individual therapy is offered for children, adolescents, and adults. We typically work with children ages 6 and up. Our primary approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy, though we may integrate other orientations in the course of therapy, when appropriate.
We offer CBT group therapy to children with anxiety disorders. Our groups are co-ed, have a maximum of 6 children or teens, and led by one of our psychologists. Groups are offered by age/developmental stage: 8-10 year olds, 11-13 year olds, 14-17 year olds. Groups will meet once a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Parental involvement is encouraged and most groups include parent group meetings (held at the same time as the children’s group). Groups run from 10-12 weeks in length and follow the Anxiety-Free Kids approach, which is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy. The program is skills-based and involves learning strategies and techniques to address the three parts of anxiety (body, thoughts, and behavior). Children will learn relaxation and calm breathing skills, mindfulness, coping self-talk (make self-talk notecards), how to identify and replace thinking errors, make a worry loop recording if applicable, and will create a ladder for exposure to feared situations. Parents will learn how to best support their child in facing their fears and learn how to respond to the anxiety without making accommodations. All group participants must complete an intake session with the psychologist leading the group prior to participation, to ensure goodness of fit as well as identify individual treatment goals for group therapy.
Family therapy is offered to help families navigate through difficult challenges, problem-solve and improve conflict-resolution skills between family members.
Parent consultations are offered to assist with the development of a child. Parent consultation may occur as the primary service, or in support of the individual treatment of a child or teen.
We often present to school staff, parents, or mental health professionals. Typically, the presentations are on the cognitive-behavioral approach to treating childhood anxiety disorders, and the presentations offer strategies and techniques that can be used directly with children.