Individual therapy is currently provided for children and adolescents. Our team believes in using treatments that are founded in research, while also being individualized to the specific client. Some of our most commonly used treatment modalities are listed below.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – CBT is an evidenced based treatment that involves learning the relationship between one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. In doing so, skills are learned to help improve control over negative thoughts and unhelpful actions in order to improve mood. Coping skills can include relaxation, cognitive challenges, and behavioral activation. CBT has shown significant effectiveness in the treatment of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. CBT is considered skills based and time limited.
Coping Cat/The C.A.T. Program – This program is specifically designed to address anxiety in children and teens. This program involves approximately 20 sessions aimed at learning the foundation of CBT skills and working on exposures to situations that trigger anxiety so the child can practice using skills effectively. Coping Cat was designed for children ages 7-13 while the C.A.T. program can be used effectively with teens.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – DBT is a treatment that utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach. DBT helps the client to identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that can make life harder. There are four modules of DBT: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Mindfulness helps one to be present in the moment and to focus on positive thoughts. Interpersonal effectiveness helps the client to work on their personal relationships and how to interact with people around you. Distress tolerance provides skills for one to accept the situation or oneself in a non-judgmental way. Emotional Regulation helps one to properly identify emotions and the obstacles that are in the way of changing those emotions.
Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT) – PCIT is a short-term, specialized behavior management program designed for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and their families. PCIT teaches caregivers to manage their child’s difficult behaviors in many settings, while also increasing their child’s positive behaviors and health attachments. The therapist observe the caregiver and child together, then provides LIVE coaching of the PCIT skills.
Mindfulness Based Interventions – Mindfulness is when one can become more aware of their present moment and how that affects them physically and emotionally; without letting that situation overwhelm them and without being judgmental. Examples of mindfulness interventions would be breathing exercises and guided imagery. These interventions helps the client to ground themselves in the moment.