Childhood is not an easy time for children or parents.
Even the strongest of families can experience stress, academic concerns or family problems which can combine to impact a child’s, teenager’s or adult’s ability to cope and many problems that children experience can be beyond a parent’s ability to remedy without professional help.
Skilled Child Psychologists focus on the issues that affect children, adolescents and their families – including adults – and we consult with the people and institutions with whom they interact. This includes schools, colleges, Courts, governmental organizations and other health care and social service providers and agencies. A specialized area of practice is parenting young children and we have provided services to children as young as 7 months of age.
So just what does a child psychologist do, anyway?
Well, a child psychologist is someone with specialized training that enables them to work with children of various ages and knows that kids are NOT just “small adults.” It takes different skills to work effectively with children than it does to work with adults and, while a skilled child psychologist can “trade up” and apply many of the same therapeutic techniques in successfully working with adults, the same cannot be said for clinicians who are trained just to work with adults. You cannot apply the same techniques used with adults and expect those techniques to work with kids, especially young kids, although some of the techniques may work with older teenagers. Basically, a child psychologist is a clinician who believes that it is better, as well as easier, to focus on building strong kids than just repair injured and broken adults. By doing so, our grandchildren can have a better world.
What differentiates us is that our approach to clinical, behavioral and therapeutic services takes a life-span developmental approach and is (w)holistic, family-oriented, and based on positive psychology. Because of our life-span developmental training and approach, we can also provide treatment services to adults and seniors, not just children. We also view a child as part of a family and a recognize that a child’s problem is also a family’s problem.
Consciously raising kids while balancing the demands of life, work and family relationships is challenging, rigorous, sometimes hilarious, frequently joyful and often puzzling. Our goal is to help parents and others involved in the lives of children understand what influences and drives behavior and learn what may work to increase more positive behavior and reduce problematic behavior.
Some of these problems include attention and organizational problems, separation, divorce and custody issues, disruptive behavior disorders, academic and school problems, bladder and bowel incontinence, bullying, trauma and other conditions. When addressing child and adolescent issues, the family is often a necessary part of the treatment process. With older children, of course, the family’s involvement becomes more limited.
We do this most commonly by providing psychological assessments, clinical behavioral services and professional education to parents, school and medical personnel and other agencies interacting with children and families. We address all the common and even some not-so-common problem behaviors and psychological issues. To see some of the tools and methodologies we employ in addressing issues, click on the sections below.