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Child & Adolescent Psych Services - CAPS

Individual Therapy
Individual therapy is provided to children and adolescents in order to alleviate a variety of psychological difficulties. Common struggles include depression, anxiety, loss, grief, bullying, separation difficulties, substance use, and disruptive behavior.

Family Therapy
Family therapy is designed to identify family patterns that contribute to behavior disorders or mental illness and to help family members break those habits. Family therapy involves discussion and problem-solving sessions with members of the family. Some of these sessions may be as a group, in couples, or one on one. In family therapy, the web of interpersonal relationships is examined resulting in strengthened communication and problem-solving within the family.

Play Therapy
Play is a child's natural developmental language for understanding themselves and the world around them. A trained Play Therapist is able to use the therapeutic powers of play to create a safe and structured place for the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship with a child. The child is then free to explore their internal world in a way that helps them to prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy
PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders, including ADD/ADHD, Autism, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Emphasis is placed on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a type of therapy that helps patients understand the way in which thoughts and feelings influence behavior. Negative thought patterns are identified and challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Applied Behavior Analysis
Using the principles of ABA, a trained therapist is able to apply systematic interventions to improve socially significant behaviors in children displaying impaired social skills. ABA is a widely recognized and utilized treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR has proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is designed to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so that a patient no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. A patient still remembers what happened, but the emotional distress is significantly decreased.

Trauma Focused Therapy
TFT is an evidence based treatment protocol designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events. TFT addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the abuse and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience. TFT also helps parents who were not abusive to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children.