Children, Adolescents, & Their Families
While we see a wide range of clients in our offices, we aim to offer a warm and inviting environment for your child from the waiting room to our time together in the office. Our team offers psychological testing, as well as counseling to children, adolescents, and families, and as it is helpful, our team will work to collaborate with other professionals such as teachers, primary care physicians, and other social service workers to ensure consistent and holistic care.
Psychological assessments can be helpful for your family when you need to get a better sense of what is impacting your child’s learning and development. Testing can offer more clarity on how to support your child. Additionally, our psychologists can help you with recommendations for your child’s school in advocating for his/her needs and determining when/if additional accommodations are needed in the classroom and if additional support is needed for your child’s best learning environment.
For some families, the suggestion for counseling comes from a close friend, or maybe from a teacher or support staff at school. You might have a good community, and often, that is enough to help you through a transition as a family, like a move that throws off your family’s rhythm, or your child is beginning puberty and acting differently. There are other families who can validate your struggles, maybe give you some advice, and sometimes even just take your kiddo (kiddoes) for a few hours so that you can have a date night or unwind for a bit alone and catch your breath. Sometimes, though, the transition is a little too big, or your community is thin, or a counselor just feels right for this season. Some families just know that a counselor will be helpful for a longer season with your child or family’s unique needs.
Resources for Families:
Getting to Calm, by Laura Kastner & Jennifer Wyatt
Raising Cain, by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson
Real Boys, by William Pollack
Reviving Ophelia, by Mary Pipher
Parenting From the Inside Out, by Dan Siegel & Mary Hartzell
No-Drama Discipline, by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Brainstorm, by Dan Siegel
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