North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s mental health team offers specialty mental health and counseling services to children and families. Our clinics are staffed by experienced, licensed therapists who provide individual and family therapy to children aged 0 to 21. Our therapists have knowledge of infant, child and adolescent mental health and have received training in a variety of treatment modalities and evidenced based practices to help support the mental health development of the child. We believe in utilizing a strength based and family systems approach to treatment in order to maximize a child’s growth and healing.
Our therapists are passionate about supporting children, adolescents and their families and utilize a collaborative approach to treatment. Therapists are available to work in collaboration with a child’s school as well as other disciplines involved in the care and support of the child. We work to understand how the child functions in multiple environments, as well as utilize their current support system to help them to build confidence and to feel successful at home, at school and with peers. We also provide opportunities to co-treat with other disciplines within our clinics (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, and ABA) in order to support the different challenges that may be affecting a child.
Some common challenges our therapist address with children and adolescents include:
- Anxiety- Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Generalized anxiety, Selective Mutism
- Anxiety related to different medical issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Mood Disorders
- Defiant, oppositional or controlling behaviors
- Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Development Disorders
- Anger management
- Adjustment to new and challenging situations, i.e divorce, moving, new schools
Our team will utilize different modalities in session in order to engage a child in treatment. We believe in creating a fun and comforting environment while providing treatment. Many of our therapists utilize the following techniques when working with children and families:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Play Therapy
- Art and other creative forms of therapy
- Social Skills Training
- Parent support, education and coaching
Upon referral for mental health services you will be scheduled with one of our licensed therapist at the clinic closest to you. Initially parents will meet with the therapist without their child so that the therapist can obtain a comprehensive history about the child and family, as well as to identify the concerns that have lead the child to be referred for services. During the initial meeting the therapist will help to identify whether individual therapy, family therapy or a combination of therapies would be most beneficial to the child and family. Therapists will also help determine the frequency of therapy sessions.
Parents are very important part of treatment and are encouraged to be involved in treatment whether it is through regular therapy sessions or parent support sessions in order to help strengthen the family and support the child.