CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY
Zackson Psychology Group offers individual and parent-child treatment for children and adolescents for a range of issues including, depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger issues, substance issues, eating disorders, learning disorders and family issues. These issues can become evident in self-defeating thoughts, difficulty controlling emotions, difficulty sleeping, separation anxiety, engaging in problematic behaviors impairing ability to function at school or interact with friends and family members.
Research suggests that treatment works best when a parent or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process. Our team of psychologists views parents as the experts on their children and feels their knowledge and support is a critical element to successful treatment and can also be empowering for parents as it allows them to learn new ways to relate to their child.
Our experienced psychologists provide a nurturing atmosphere in which the child or adolescent feels comfortable to address their concerns. We provide tools and techniques to build their inner strength and become their own therapist.
Following an initial consultation with the parent(s) and child or adolescent, our psychologists will recommend a course of treatment. Treatment option include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and play therapy (for young children) to address problems they may be experiencing:
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
CBT has been found to be an effective form of treatment for children, adolescents and adults. CBT helps children identify triggers and patterns of problematic thinking and provides tools on how to challenge and change negative thoughts that impact their behavior. This treatment empowers and encourages children to test out ways to challenge their ‘thinking traps’ in between session, so they can increase their self-efficacy in dealing with emotional issues.
In contrast to CBT, mindfulness-based therapies (MBTs) seek to change the relationship between the anxious children and adolescents and their thoughts. The primary focus is on the bodily sensations that arise when they are anxious: instead of avoiding or withdrawing from these feelings, he or she opens up to them in an effort to realize that they are not literally true. This process enables anxious children and adolescents to release their over-identification with negative thoughts. MBT practices responding to disruptive thoughts and letting these thoughts go. MBT often involves relaxation techniques, which, when practiced regularly, can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)
DBT is an evidence based approach found to be effective for individuals with difficulty regulating their emotions (intense anxiety, anger or self-harm). DBT helps patients understand and learn ways to manage emotions though learning emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness and flexible thinking patterns.
Play therapy utilizes play as a way of communicating with a child at their developmental level. When appropriate, the treating psychologist will use play to help children express themselves freely and naturally. We will integrate CBT and Relaxation techniques through play to teach strategies to effectively cope with in difficult situations and improve well-being.