Pediatric Mental Health Services
The North Shore Pediatric Therapy Mental Health specialists offer counseling services to children and families. Our clinics are staffed by experienced, Chicago adult and child licensed clinical social workers who provide individual and family therapy to children aged 3 to 17. Our therapists have knowledge of 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 conjunction 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.
- Play therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Family therapy
- Integrative treatment
- Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS WE TREAT:
- Anxiety– Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Generalized anxiety, Selective Mutism
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Mood Disorders
- Defiant, oppositional or controlling behaviors
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anger management
- Adjustment to new and challenging situations (i.e divorce, moving, new schools, loss)
- Social Skills Issues
- Parenting Skills
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
STEP 1: CONTACT US
Call us at (877) 486-4140 or fill out a form. Our friendly, intake specialists are ready to help get you scheduled, verify your insurance, and answer questions you may have.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens in therapy?
At first the therapist will meet with your child and get to know them and build rapport and trust. This is a crucial part of the beginning stages of therapy and will allow the child to feel safe and able to be themselves in the therapy room. During the visits, your child will talk, play, work on activities and practice new skills.
Will the therapist be meeting with just the child or can I come in as well?
Similar to adult therapy where all information from the session is confidential, your child’s therapy will be private (there may be legal exceptions – see confidentiality clause). Therefore, therapy sessions are conducted just with the therapist and the child and are specifically designed to focus on the individual child.
How long does my child need to go to therapy?
This is a difficult question to answer and it depends on many variables such as severity of problems, frequency and consistency of sessions, response to therapy and ongoing availability. A commitment to therapy is important to guarantee the most progress.
How do I explain therapy to my child?
The way you describe therapy to your child will depend on the child’s age and maturity. The most important thing is that children don’t think they are coming to therapy because they have been “bad” or that it is a punishment. Therapy is a place where the child can be themselves, feel safe, and not feel judged and be able to work through different feelings through talking and playing.
How do I know when my child is ready to stop therapy?
During the course of therapy, your child’s therapist will notice if your child no longer “uses” the time therapeutically. In other words, when a child’s previous pattern and intensity of play shifts to a pattern of more age/developmentally appropriate play, the child may be demonstrating a readiness to “graduate” from play therapy at this time. As children get older, and as their thoughts about their life experiences are processed in a different, more mature manner, you may find that your child may be experiencing new difficulties, or you may notice your child is exhibiting new behaviors which are of concern. Again, if you or other adults in your child’s life, are concerned about your child’s behavior or his/her ability to cope, you may find it helpful to bring your child back for counseling
What do I tell my child before taking them to therapy?
It is essential that your child does not feel the need to give an account of what happens in the play therapy room. It is important that the child view his/her session as his/her own private hour with the therapist. Allow your child to initiate a conversation about his/her session, if he/she chooses, but also give your child the freedom and permission to NOT talk about his/her session if he/she so chooses.