9835 East Bell Road, Suite 140 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (602) 957-7600 (Office) (480) 289-5751 (Fax)

Psychotherapy Interventions

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 deficits.

Play Therapy

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 storytelling.

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

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 difficult issue

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.

ADHD Coaching

·        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 symptoms.

Couples Therapy

·        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.

Family Therapy

·        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

·        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.

Stress Management

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.