Psychotherapy utilizes a number of different methods to help children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral challenges. The idea behind therapy is to help children change their thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Individual psychotherapy is usually provided on a weekly basis and may involve play therapy, education and exercises to change destructive thought patterns.

Our goal is to teach techniques to develop more effective coping techniques for frustration and stress. Regular parent meetings to provide feedback and guidance will be scheduled as part of treatment. 



Dynamic therapy, or "talk therapy", relies on a strong relationship between the therapist and your child to help bring about growth and change. Our therapists provide a safe place for your child to talk and explore his or her thoughts. Clinicians will often include parents in their sessions to gain information and better understand your child. 


CBT relies on the belief that if your child can change his or her thoughts, then there will be a change in his or her emotions and behaviors. Similarly, your child identifying and modifying his or her emotions or behaviors will also have a continued effect on their subsequent thoughts, feelings and behaviors. 


Research shows that children use play as a means to learn, explore and create. Through play, psychologists can learn more about your child's internal world and his or her personal perspectives that are too complex for them to understand and put into words. With the information gained through play, psychologists can help children understand their feelings and support parents in understanding their child's experience. 


Group therapy can be beneficial for your child for a number of reasons. Groups often provide opportunities for learning and growing in ways that aren't genuinely available in an individual therapy session. We have groups for children of all ages working on social skills goals, anxiety reduction and everyday stressors. 


Other types of therapeutic approaches that our clinicians use include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Problem Solving Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused CBT, Habit Reversal Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation.