Family and Child Counseling

Our services are individually tailored to meet each family’s unique concerns using a collaborative approach where caregivers and the clinician are working in tandem for the benefit of the child. Common issues addressed include anxiety, depression, behavior problems, noncompliance, ADHD, challenges secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorder, low self-esteem, social challenges, and parent-child challenges.  Here is an overview of the services you can expect to receive at Connect:

Play Therapy

Play Therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children that are causing behavioral problems and/or are preventing children from realizing their potential. Play therapy may be non-directive (where the child decides what to do in a session, within safe boundaries), directive (where the therapist leads the way) or a mixture of the two. Play therapy is particularly effective with children who cannot, or do not want to talk about their problems.

Filial Therapy

Filial therapy involves using play to help infants under the age of 3 as well as children up to the age of 14, in their mental and emotional development which for some reason, such as attachment issues, may be impaired. It is also designed to improve parent/child relationships. Filial therapy requires direct parent involvement.

Behavior Management Training and Parent Coaching

We work alongside parents to identify problematic behaviors that are negatively impacting their child’s functioning at home and at school. In this process, parent-child interactions are modified in ways that are designed to promote prosocial child behavior and to decrease oppositional behavior across settings. Many times in this process, in-home or community-based sessions help reinforce skills and sustain growth over time.  This typically starts with meeting with parents alone and then integrating the child into sessions later in the treatment process.

Family Therapy

This time is spent learning how to adjust to the news your child has a specific diagnosis and what to expect as your child ages. This is also a time to work through emotionally charged parenting issues with yourself, with siblings and other family members.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, patterns of thinking are modified to improve coping. When using this approach, you can expect the process to be solution-focused, and goal-directed in addressing the challenging symptoms faced by your child. 

Behavior Skills Training

Many times, a child or teen is having difficulty due to deficits of skills.  Whether this be organization, study skills, anger management, or challenges with communication and social interaction, Behavior Skills Training (BST) helps address a number of issues through four steps, which include:

  1. ​Instruction 
  2. Modeling 
  3. Rehearsal 
  4. Feedback
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