I provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for children and teens using a variety of therapies in a client-centered approach to address emotional and behavioral issues. I have supported many children, teens, and young adults with ADHD, generalized anxiety, performance anxiety, test anxiety, depression, or issues related to stress, anger, and low self-esteem. It is very important for teens to find their own voice, and discover their own truths. Therapy can be a very helpful sounding board for this type of personal growth.
Approaches to Therapy:
I use a variety of approaches in my sessions depending on the focus of our sessions and the unique strengths of the individual or family.
Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and neuro-counseling offer a way to understand how our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all related and part of the mind-body connection. By changing these patterns in thinking or behavior we create new neuropathways in the brain that stimulate a healthier response to life events.
I am a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Practitioner for children and teens that emphasizes techniques that settle and calm the mind and body. I offer groups to practice these skills, as well as, bring them into the therapy setting on a regular basis.
Sand tray therapy is a wonderful technique or approach to teasing out complex emotions and experiences. Using a specially sized tray of therapeutic sand, children create their world and we process this world together.
Directive child centered play therapy offers a safe environment for children to use the language of play to share their personal experiences, and to work through problems. Theraplay offers a series of parent-child activities that promote a greater sense of connection and attachment. When a child feels connected they are more likely to comply and cooperate.
Parents often are looking for support and guidance in order to help their child move through difficult times. For this reason, parents are likely to be involved in the therapeutic process. I offer parent sessions that give support to parents regarding their particular child’s needs. Family therapy sessions can be extremely helpful for improving communication or discipline. I may also suggest resources and homework assignments for parents to introduce new concepts and interactions to improve their relationship with their child.
Young Adults (early 20’s to early 30’s):
Often young adults are working towards developing successful relationships, work patterns, and are creating their way of interacting with the world around them. Therapy can help them work through the challenges posed by the difficulties moving through the hurdles of college adjustment, relationship concerns, workplace behaviors, future planning, as well as, understanding and defining oneself.
Other Services for Students
AD/HD Assessment: This includes the Vanderbilt Assessment Inventory that screens symptoms of AD/HD along with anxiety and behavioral concerns.
Executive Functioning Assessment: Many students have learning and discipline issues related to Executive Functioning difficulties. The Behavioral Rating Inventory for Executive Functioning (BRIEF) assesses 8 areas of brain function and offers recommendations for school, students, and parents. Additional services include customized planning for behavioral or study/learning issues, support for parents, and individualized support for the student.
ADHD Coaching Services: I work together with parents and the child to create a personalized plan of action. This is a very student-centered process. The student sees the results, participates in decision making, and reaps the rewards of progress. Parents are a part of this team and provide very necessary support in the process.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for tweens and teens: I am certified in MBSR-T and Mindfulness Practices. These skills address inattention, stress management, emotional regulation, anxiety, anger, and depression. Each session addresses a different mindful practice, exercises on getting to know oneself, and meditations to take away and use in real life.
I no longer accept insurance, however, many insurance companies have Out Of Network Benefits so that you can see the provider that offers you the best fit for your situation and preferences. Please contact your insurance company for details on your deductible and their reimbursement rate once the deductible is met.
As a courtesy I offer filing for your benefits, which means, once you pay for services, I can file with your insurance company so that the fee gets applied to your deductible. If you have Out-of-Network benefits, once deductible is met, then your insurance company will reimburse you for a portion of the services.
Counseling Intake and Assessment: $160.00
Individual Therapy Sessions: $140.00 (cash or check) $145 (Credit Card)
ADHD Assessment – using the Vanderbilt and Behavioral Rating Scale for Executive Functioning: $350.00. Contact Vivian for details. This is usually offered in conjunction with ongoing coaching or counseling for students seeking treatment.
Sliding Scale: I offer a sliding scale based on openings and needs of families. This allows me to be affordable for all those seeking services. If your insurance company does not reimburse for out-of-network services, and you are in need of financial support to seek therapy for your child, please let me know.