Psychotherapy

***UPDATE (February 1, 2012): I am currently not offering psychotherapy services in private practice settings.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can address a variety of needs through a variety of formats. Traditional “talk therapy” is not always the best solution for children and adolescents, and parent involvement is often encouraged. As such, my psychotherapy is often a blend of individual, parent, and family sessions. Below are the psychotherapeutic modalities I have specialized training in and utilize in my treatments.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a focused, problem-solving psychotherapy that has been shown in over 375 outcome studies to be highly effective for the treatment of many mental health problems such as depression, general anxiety disorders, panic, and anger.  In CBT, the therapist and client work together as a team to identify and solve problems, and therapists help clients to overcome their difficulties through changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional response. CBT with children and adolescents is equally effective.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is the best validated treatment of childhood trauma. It incorporates several modules of treatment focus, including: education, coping skills, trauma narrative or processing, and effective parenting for traumatized children.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based cognitive behavioral therapy, that combines basic principles of CBT with eastern philosophy ideas of acceptance, with the concept of dialectics. Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT has been modified for adolescents. While a comprehensive DBT program utilizes multiple therapeutic modalities, including weekly group therapy, DBT emphasizes several skills modules to help adolescents with the difficulties associated with emotion dysregulation, including: impulsivity, self-concept, interpersonal problems and parent-child confilct.

Cognitive Behavior Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) is one of very few effective treatments for chronic depression. CBASP is a blend of cognitive behavioral techniques and interpersonal theories of treatment. Creator, James P. McCullough, Jr. Ph.D., emphasizes very specific etiolological bases for chronic depression and distinguishes his treatment from standard CBT. Click here for more information.

The Incredible Years (IY) training series is a set of three comprehensive, multifaceted, and developmentally-based curricula for parents, teachers, and children aimed at treating disruptive behavior problems in youths. Overall, IY is designed to promote emotional, social, and problem-solving competence, as well as to prevent, reduce, and treat aggression and emotional problems in children. Click here for more information.

Parent Management Training (PMT) refers to programs that train parents to manage their child’s behavioral problems in the home and at school. PMT has emanated from two lines of work. First, maladaptive parent-child interactions, particularly in relation to discipline practices, have been shown to foster and to sustain conduct problems among children. Second, social learning techniques, relying heavily on principles of operant conditioning, have been extremely useful in altering parent and child behavior. In PMT, parent-child interactions are modified in ways that are designed to promote prosocial child behavior and to decrease antisocial or oppositional behavior.