Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

The North Shore Pediatric Therapy Mental Health team offers counseling services to children and families. Our clinics are staffed by experienced, licensed therapists 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.

MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS INCLUDE:Social Services

MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS WE TREAT:

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.

STEP 2: INITIAL INTAKE

You will meet with a licensed therapist for the intake. During this time the therapist will gather relevant history and discuss current concerns that have lead the family to seek services.

STEP 3: CHILD SESSIONS

The therapist will meet with the child to formulate a treatment plan based on presenting issues. Typically, sessions occur weekly. Your therapist will recommend frequency for sessions.

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.

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

We have been getting services for about 6 months and seen incredible changes in our son. Each individual has different needs, and I am glad that Rebecca is able to assess and help meet some of the needs we have. She creates a comfortable environment and helps give my child tools to be more successful.

Heather

Rebecca is Izzy’s therapist and we both love her. She works well with Izzy, she’s a great fit for Izzy’s personality and her needs. I believe she’s done her best in trying to help with Izzy’s issues. Izzy has made some progress, and the areas she hasn’t, I feel have nothing to do with Rebecca. Rebecca is great!

Liz Schmidt

My son has been seeing Rebecca for about four months now and we are so happy to have found her. Because of her caring and patient nature, she has made Luke feel comfortable from day one. She has wonderful insights into him and we have seen improvement in the short time we have been here. She is also such a wonderful resource for my husband and I. Luke really enjoys coming here. He will leave his Minecraft world to spend time with Rebecca and if you knew my son that means a lot!

Ramona C