Individual Therapy for Children,
Adolescents and Adults
Individual therapy is tailored to
meet individual needs. Therapists vary in their orientation and
approach, and an effort is made to connect you with the individual who
best fits your particular needs and goals for treatment. A number of
approaches may be used and the treatment plan will be developed in close
collaboration with the parent and child. Common concerns include
anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, giftedness, parenting
stress, and difficulties associated with ADHD and executive function
Play therapy is a type of individual
psychotherapy specifically designed to meet young children’s needs.
Children naturally express themselves through play, and are less able
than adults to verbally express themselves. Play therapy allows children
to express their emotions, explore their feelings, explore their
relationships, and attempt to understand their experiences within a
safe, comforting, and therapeutic environment.
Different types of play therapy
exist. The psychologists and practitioners in this office employ several
modalities, including non-directive (client-centered), directive, and
cognitive behavioral. Play therapy techniques may incorporate the use of
specific play therapy toys, sand trays, art, music, puppets, and
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The main techniques of cognitive
behavior therapy (CBT) involve challenging negative or irrational
thoughts and generating more adaptive thoughts and behaviors. Negative
thoughts are challenged by examining the evidence for negative
expectations and by reframing negative expectations and traits. More
adaptive thoughts and behaviors are generated through specific,
individualized exercises and activities.
Parent consultation sessions are
available on an as-needed basis. Consultation can be helpful to:
guide and assist parents in
following through with treatment recommendations
assist parents in implementing new
behavior management approaches
provide education and support
determine the need for assessment
work through a particularly
Parent Education & Coaching
Parent education and coaching aims
to help parents more mindfully and successfully nurture their children.
Parents receive individualized education regarding behavior management
techniques. Parents are guided in developing a plan that focuses on
enhancing the parent/child partnership, and developing an environment
characterized by structure, consistency, predictability, and routine.
Utilizing a coaching model, parents meet with the parenting coach to
modify their parenting plan as needed.
The first step in intervening with
ADHD is to correctly identify the disorder, as well as the nuances
expressed in each child. Understanding what the child does and does not
have control over can dramatically change the parents’ relationship with
the child for the better.
Parents often come to us stating
they have ‘tried everything’ but cannot seem to make lasting changes in
their child’s behavior or ADHD-related difficulties. Every child with
ADHD presents unique difficulties, strengths, and weaknesses. To help
parents and children, we offer individually tailored interventions
designed to target and improve children’s unique difficulties. These
interventions do not cure ADHD, but are designed to manage ADHD
We support a safe, structured, and
healing environment for couples to learn and grow with one another.
Relationships pass through stages of growth and challenge, just like
individuals do throughout the life span. Couples may encounter rough
spots or tough times that stem from unmet needs of one or both partners.
Often our behaviors are imported from our families and may have worked
well once, but no longer offer solid, safe, or effective outcomes. The
best decision for helping with relationship stress involves working with
both partners so both may realize their potential as a partnership.
Families face challenges and often
the most effective way to change those challenges is to work with
several family members at once. When a parent asks for assistance for
one of their children, the best outcomes are achieved when parents
participate. Families are a connection—a relationship—and when
relationships are stressed, the way toward re-connection is through the
relationships; all family members must be “present” throughout the
process of change to achieve optimal family relationships.
Mindfulness-informed therapy is an
approach that is guided by psychological research on mindfulness. The
framework includes focusing on the present, bringing stillness to the
mind, and practicing compassion and kindness. Unlike mindfulness-based
therapy, mindfulness-informed therapy does not include explicit teaching
or practice of mindfulness meditation.
Chronic stress can have adverse
effects on physical health and emotional well-being. Integrating stress
management and relaxation techniques into daily life is a safe and
generally effective way to reduce stress, thereby improving health
outcomes and one’s sense of well-being. Stress management skills are
fostered through cognitive behavior therapy which helps to identify
sources of stress. These may include external factors, such as school,
employment, financial, or relationship challenges. Our thoughts and
beliefs may also contribute to how we experience stress, and these
cognitive processes can be identified and modified through
cognitive-behavioral stress management techniques. Relaxation skill
building can also decrease one’s experience of stress. Relaxation
training may include skill building in active breathing, visualizing,
mindfulness meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation.