"It really is amazing for me to see how far she has come from the first days we spent with you. She has so much more self-confidence and is more willing to try things that are new to her, with an open mind."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is typically the first line treatment for problems with mood and anxiety. It has been studied in research with children, adolescents, and adults. It has also been studied more than any other form of psychotherapy and is widely recognized as one of the most effective treatments for depression or anxiety. CBT teaches people how to recognize unhealthy thinking styles, change their thought patterns, and then change their behavior accordingly. As individuals learn to change their thinking patterns, they develop better relationships and notice significant improvements in mood and functioning.
“I’ve had terrible tics since childhood. Only months before I met you, I could not go to restaurants, movies, or Starbucks without getting strange looks, and having tremendous hatred of my tics. But after learning the right strategies for controlling them, I went to a movie and didn’t tic the entire time. I never felt so much like a normal man in my life. I cried at the credits. It was an immense accomplishment and gift for myself and probably one of the most memorable of my life.”
– 25 year-old with Tourette’s Syndrome.
Habit Reversal Training is similar to CBIT and is used to treat other repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and compulsive skin-picking. Individuals learn to increase awareness of their repetitive behaviors, and the emotions and thought processes contributing to compulsive behaviors. They then learn to replace compulsive behaviors with alternative, more adaptive behaviors.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has significant research support as an effective treatment for people who have difficulty regulating emotions. It has also been adapted as an effective treatment for eating disorders and other mental health problems that interfere with relationships, work, and well-being. DBT teaches a variety of skills, including emotion regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. DBT’s goal is to enable healthier ways of coping with negative emotions and positive, adaptive behaviors in all settings.
One-on-one meetings are 50-60 minutes and typically occur weekly, though sessions can vary in frequency, depending on your needs. Individual therapy can be helpful for a wide variety of problems with mood, anxiety, regulating emotions, and compulsive behaviors. It can also help with improving functioning at work, relationships, motivation, and overall well-being.
Family and Couples Therapy
Family meetings are 50-60 minutes and can benefit anyone seeking healthier, closer relationships with family members. Couples therapy sessions are also 50-60 minutes and designed for all types of relationships, whether partners are dating, engaged, or married. Family and couples therapy focus on improving communication and collaborative problem-solving.
A comprehensive evaluation can be an important first step in getting the most effective treatment. A diagnostic evaluation can identify which problems should be prioritized for treatment and the best therapy or medication available to treat a particular problem. A diagnostic evaluation can also help people understand prognosis and identify whether behaviors and feelings are just typical reactions to circumstances, or when therapy may be necessary.
We provide behavioral treatments that are specialized specifically for children and adolescents and have been found to be effective by leading researchers. We also collaborate with parents, teachers, pediatricians, or other caregivers to optimally meet your child’s needs.
One-on-one time with your child focuses on establishing a therapeutic relationship and building skills. Parents often participate in a portion of the 50-60 minute sessions, especially for children in grade-school or early adolescence. Sessions typically occur weekly, though frequency depends on your child’s needs.
Conflictual and stressful home environments have been identified as contributors to mental health problems in children. Family therapy can provide relief to everyone in the family, including siblings, by improving your family’s ability to communicate and solve problems together. Family therapy can also supplement individual therapy.
Parents are often unsure of which treatments to pursue because they have received confusing information about diagnosis. Our comprehensive diagnostic evaluations involve assessment tools established by the scientific community and include interviews of both children and parents, often separately. We may also gather information from teachers, previous therapists, and pediatricians in order to provide optimal treatment recommendations.
Fees vary by type of service and clinician. We encourage you to contact us about the type of service you are seeking and we can provide an estimate. We do not accept insurance and will be considered an out-of-network provider by your insurance company. Many PPO plans reimburse for a large portion of our fees, and we provide the documentation you need to obtain this reimbursement.