CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY
Our practice specializes in treating children with autism, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral challenges, and mood disorders. We aim to promote children's capacity for emotional regulation, resilience, self-awareness and coping skills. Therapeutic work is conducted directly with children, pre-teens and teens, but also includes collaboration with caregivers to promote the use of effective supports and strategies by the entire family. Our work with children and adolescents utilizes a combination of play therapy and client led exploration as well as skill building through cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Dr. Hilya conducts psychoeducational evaluations that are a comprehensive look at a child's academic performance as well as what underlying cognitive processes impact how he or she learns. If you have a child who seems bright but struggles in the educational setting, if you are concerned about your child having learning or attentional issues that are negatively impacting school performance, or think your child may have developmental delays or autism, an evaluation can provide you with clarify and a deeper understanding of what your child needs to succeed. An assessment will help you understand your child's learning profile, including brain processes such as attention, executive functions, problem solving abilities, visuospatial skills, learning and memory to name a few. Testing can help establish diagnostic clarity, such as whether the child is gifted, twice exceptional, autistic, has ADHD, a learning disability, or is impacted by anxiety, etc. Most importantly, the assessment provides an individualized road map for optimizing your child’s learning and mental health.
The assessment is conducted over the course of at least two days and 6 to 10 hours of direct testing. The process also includes a review of all background records; interviews with parents, teachers, and any treatment providers; a school observation; and data gathered through questionnaires completed by parents and teachers. The time spend with children during the evaluation process not only provides numerous points of quantitative data regarding how they learn, process, and attend, but also gives the evaluator a snapshot of how they approach problems, work through tasks, and persist in the face of increasing levels of challenge. Autism evaluations take a more in-depth look at developmental history, a child’s sensory processing system, use of verbal and nonverbal communication, the ability to engage in joint attention, reciprocal social exchanges, and exhibit behavioral and cognitive flexibility.
The information gathered from interviews, observations, test data and narrative on how the child approaches and completes testing tasks, are integrated into a conceptualization of how your child learns and responds to social and environmental stimuli. A psychoeducational evaluation report will help you understand your child’s learning and behavioral profile by identifying the underlying reasons why you may see challenges in the school or home setting. Furthermore, individualized recommendations and referrals are provided based on your child’s identified needs to guide decision making with regard to school placement (including any necessary supports and services) as well as therapeutic needs. Parents are provided with a copy of the report which is also reviewed through an extensive (1.5 to 2 hour) feedback session. This feedback session provides an opportunity for parents to not only fully understand the results and recommendations but to be supported regarding how to go about accessing the necessary supports, services, or interventions their child may need. Assessments are funded privately or through independent education evaluations (IEEs) by local school districts.
By making the choice to pursue therapy, you are putting your desire to live your best life as a top priority. You recognize that you don't have to accept anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation or ineffectiveness as unavoidable. You will have a designated time and space devoted to recognizing detrimental patterns of responding and relating to others. You will have the support necessary to work through old wounds, difficult emotions, and current struggles. You can gain the insight and tools necessary to pursue your goals and live life on your own terms. Our approach is integrative, bringing together a variety of theories, techniques, and evidence based practices. We incorporate Gestalt therapy to help clients to become more self-aware and to accept and trust in their feelings and experiences in order to alleviate distress. We also rely on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to help clients set goals, build emotional-regulation and self-management skills as well as enhance their coping strategies.