Research Based Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy provides children and adolescents with an opportunity to explore the relationship among their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Games, role-play, puppets, and traditional talk therapy can be used to help facilitate the process. Working with children requires additional knowledge as each developmental age and stage requires different therapeutic skills. With this, interventions vary with respect to the presenting problem, age, and other individual characteristics of the child. Aside from relief of symptoms, therapy can also be beneficial in regard to building self-esteem, enhancing communication skills, and improving anger management as techniques are learned to manage emotions in time of stress. Sessions are typically 50 minutes once a week.

Family Therapy
Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy provided to help family members improve communication, resolve conflicts, or adjust to life changes. It may include all family members or just those who are able to participate with treatment plans being tailored to each individual family. Family therapy can help improve troubled relationships between spouses, children, or other family members and may be helpful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger, or conflict. While family therapy doesn’t automatically solve family conflicts or make all problems disappear, it can help family members understand each other better through learned coping skills that allow individuals to cope with life stressors in a more effective manner. A primary goal of family therapy is to help family members understand each other and become more united. Sessions are typically 50 minutes once a week.

Psychological/Psychoeducational Evaluations
Psychological tests are used to assess a child or adolescent’s cognitive and behavioral functioning. This includes  personality, attitudes, coping styles, and behavioral patterns. A comprehensive evaluation may cover many skills areas such as general intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling, and writing) in addition to an examination of behavior and emotions.  The evaluation process typically involves administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests with a written report of test results and recommendations. This report is then shared with parents in a feedback session.

Evaluations include the following:

Psychoeducational Evaluation – A child is having difficulty learning or eligibility for special education is being considered.
  - Learning Disabilities
  - Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  - Gifted
  - School consultation and recommendations
Psychological Evaluation – A child is showing serious emotional or behavioral problems or a child’s diagnosis is unclear or needs clarification.
  - ADHD and other behavioral disorders
  - Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  - Adjustment disorders related to acute and chronic stressors 

Assessments may include the following:

Intelligence Testing – Assesses overall intellectual ability, as well as strengths and weaknesses in verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed.

Achievement Testing – Assesses areas of word reading, phonics, reading comprehension, written language, math reasoning and calculations, and academic fluency. Measures of oral language may also be obtained.

Attention and Executive Functioning Testing – Measures attentional processes along with any difficulties pertaining to initiation, sustained effort, emotional modulation, ability to monitor and self-correct, working memory, organization and planning.

Diagnostic Interview and Developmental History – To obtain information about the child outside of the testing situation and to acquire a comprehensive history in order to make a more reliable diagnosis.

Behavior Rating Scales and/or on-site behavioral observation at school - Provides a sample of behavior which occurs outside the office setting.

Social Emotional Assessment (Projective Testing) – To obtain information
pertaining to psychiatric diagnosis, interpersonal relationships, self-concept, etc.

Interviews - Interviews with teachers, other family members, physicians, or other relevant individuals. (Note: interviews will only be performed with written consent)

Parenting Classes
Parent education classes are available to educate and support parents to do the best job they can to raise confident, caring, responsible, and productive children.

Through the use of a systematic parenting program, research-proven and used by over 4 million parents, Dr. Skipper will work with you to learn effective parenting techniques while also helping you create an atmosphere of mutual respect between you and your child as you utilize learned methods. You will also learn skills to help your child increase their cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance. Individual sessions can meet weekly or every other week, depending on your schedule. Each course includes a parent handbook in addition to weekly handouts and each session is approximately 90 minutes. Additional information may be provided on a case by case basis to meet the needs of each individual participant.

Following are available courses:

 Parents of Children From birth through 5 years of age

                                Session 1 - Understanding Young Children

                                Session 2 - Understanding Young Children’s Behavior

Session 3 - Building Self-Esteem in the Early Years

                                Session 4 - Communicating With Young Children

                                Session 5 - Helping Young Children Learn to Cooperate

                                Session 6 - Effective Discipline

                                Session 7 - Nurturing Emotional and Social Development

Parents of Children From 6 Through 12 Years of Age

                                Session 1 -Understanding Yourself and Your Child

                                Session 2 -Understanding Beliefs and Feelings

                                Session 3 - Encouraging Your Child and Yourself

                                Session 4 - Listening and Talking to Your Child

                                Session 5 - Helping Children Learn to Cooperate

                                Session 6 - Discipline that Makes Sense

                                Session 7 - Choosing Your Approach

Parents of Teens

                                Session 1 - Understanding Yourself and Your Teenager

                                Session 2 - Changing Your Response to Your Teen

                                Session 3 - Communicating Respect and Encouragement

                                Session 4 - Encouraging Cooperation and Solving Problems

                                Session 5 - Using Consequences to Build Responsibility

                                Session 6 - Deciding What to Do – Part I

                                Session 7 - Deciding What to Do – Part II

Parenting Class Rates
Individual
= $100 per session
NOTE - For more information on Parenting Classes, please view our Parenting Classes Page or call us @ 561-200-3381
For all other rates, please see the
Rates Page.

Anger Management
Anger management classes are educational courses aimed at teaching skills to help one change their thinking and behavior. These classes are taught by Dr. Skipper L. Harvey, a Certified Anger Management Professional, and are ideal for self-referrals, business professionals, court referred clients, couples, adolescents, and anyone else interested in improving their relationship with others.

Individual sessions may meet weekly or every other week, depending on scheduling, with each session meeting between 60-90 minutes. A workbook is provided. Additional information may also be provided on a case by case basis to meet the needs of each individual participant. The cost is $100.00 per session.


Following are available courses:

 Anger Management for Adults

   
Session 1 - Dealing With Stress

   Session 2 - Empathy

   Session 3 - Respond Instead of React

   Session 4 - Change that Conversation with Yourself

   Session 5 - Assertive Communication

   Session 6 - Adjust Those Expectations

   Session 7 - Forgive, but Don't Forget

   Session 8 - Retreat and Think Things Over

Anger Management for Adolescents

                                   Session 1 - Dealing With Stress

                                   Session 2 - Empathy

                                   Session 3 - Respond Instead of React

                                   Session 4 - Change that Conversation with Yourself

                                   Session 5 - Assertive Communication

                                   Session 6 - Adjust Those Expectations

                                   Session 7 - Forgive, but Don't Forget

                                   Session 8 - Retreat and Think Things Over

Anger Management Class Rates
Individual
= $100 per session
NOTE - For more information on Anger Management Classes, please view our Anger Management Classes Page or call us @ 561-200-3381
For all other rates, please see the
Rates Page.