Child and Adolescent Therapy

We specialize in a variety of modalities focused on child development, family dynamics and emotional regulation to assess the individual needs of the child and their families and identify treatment options that best fit the child and their families. Many times, children’s behavior or emotional concerns are the result of external factors, and through assessment and evaluation, our clinicians work with the entire family unit to identify strengths to focus on, as well as teaching coping skills to reduce symptoms.

Isolating a child from their family can make it more difficult to identify areas in which to heal or grow. Because of this, we work with the family as a unit to help identify the needs of the individual child and their family. Assessments and evaluations are utilized to help pinpoint strengths to focus on while also serving as an aid to help teach healthy coping skills. We specialize in a variety of methods that focus on child development, family dynamics, and emotional regulation. These methods help us better assess the individual’s needs and the families needs as a whole. From there, we can better specify accurate treatment for the child and the family.

PLAY THERAPY

Children often have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, which can result in behavioral issues and negative thinking patterns. Play therapy provides children with the opportunity to express themselves through a language that is more recognizable to them -- play. With the aid of a play therapist, children can learn skills and tools to better understand and express their thoughts and emotions and can positively impact development. Play therapy is a proven effective psychotherapy treatment method for children who suffer from a wide range of issues including:

Communication, resolving and processing trauma, exploring emotions and thoughts, problem solving, addressing grief and loss, and developmental issues.

Adjustment Issues

Children may exhibit behavior or emotional struggles triggered by an identifiable stressor in his/her life. Adjustment issues may include:

 

  • Divorce
  • Grief/Loss
  • Moving
  • Bullying
  • New sibling

 

Utilizing play therapy, talk therapy, as well as other therapeutic inventions, we work with each child and their families to help with adjustment issues and identify coping skills to support each child as they work through and process these difficult issues.

CHILD/ADOLESCENT ASSESSMENTS

Clarity Clinic offers a wide variety of psychological, cognitive, and psychoeducational testing services for children, adolescents and teens.

Psychological Testing

A psychological evaluation examines an individual’s behavior, intellectual functioning, academic abilities, self-concept, strengths, and socio-emotional adjustment.

Evaluations (including neuropsychological, biopsychosocial and psychoeducational), offer patients a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment of developmental, emotional, learning and behavioral disorders.

A psychological evaluation is often used to help gain diagnostic clarity and provide recommendations to improve overall quality of life and emotional functioning. Patients tend to appreciate the comfort of receiving evaluations, medication management and therapy on location.

Cognitive Testing

Cognitive testing is provided for individuals experiencing memory, attention, or learning difficulties to help identify potential neurological disorders that may be impacting cognitive functioning. Specific measures are selected to formulate a battery specific to the referral question.

Psychoeducational Testing

Psychoeducational testing assesses an individual’s intellectual abilities (relative strengths and weaknesses), basic academic achievement (reading, writing, mathematics), and psychological screenings to provide information about potential learning disabilities or other disorders that might interfere with academic or occupational functioning.

Psychoeducational evaluations may also be used as guidelines for academic accommodations.

COUPLES THERAPY + MARRIAGE COUNSELING

Several factors, both internal and external to the relationship, may contribute to difficulties and stress between couples. Becoming new parents, infidelity, sexual dissatisfaction, and money problems are common triggers of a shift or tension between partners. Sometimes, untreated individual disorders such as anxiety, anger management issues or depression can cause or increase stress and strain on a relationship.

By applying goal-oriented efforts our couples counselors + marriage counselors assist clients as they work together in couples therapy to identify and resolve the conflicting behaviors and patterns that are preventing the relationship from progressing. Our counselors help couples build a healthy relationship based on respect, support and trust. . We help clients as they work together to address and resolve conflicts within their relationship. For more information please visit our Couples and Marriage Counseling Page.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Adoption Issues
  • Anxiety | Worries
  • Autism | Asperger's | PDD
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Behavior Problems
  • Children of Divorce
  • Chronic Illness | Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Issues | Eating Disorders
  • Bullying
  • Grief | Loss
  • Obesity | Weight Management
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Phobias | Fears
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychotic Illness
  • Relationship Problems
  • School Problems (failure at school, refusing to go)
  • Selective Mutism
  • Sleep Disturbances | Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Tics | Tourette's
  • Trichotillomania (Chronic Hair Pulling)

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