Child Anxiety & Behavioral Disorders Center
Children are incredibly resilient. At the same time, they can develop anxiety and mood disorders that, left untreated, can interfere with their development. An estimated 7% of youth, ages 3-17 will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. They are among the most common mental health issues children and teens face, and yet, they are under-treated. Anxiety can feel overwhelming and prevent your child/teen from being able to establish healthy, satisfying relationships and achieve your child’s personal and academic goals.
The therapists in our Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Behavioral Disorders Center have expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an empirically-supported intervention for Anxiety and Depression-based disorders. We offer a variety of specific evidence-based treatments for youth and adolescents. Common disorders that we treat include Anxiety, Depression, school-avoidance, suicidal ideation, self-harm, obsessive thoughts, gender dysphoria, trauma and relationship difficulties.
Our clinicians integrate information taken from an intake evaluation, outside clinical, school, and medical assessments, as well as any past neuropsychological assessments to collaborate with you to better understand the reasons you are seeking treatment for your child/teen. The clinician will then recommend an individualized treatment plan that may incorporate any combination of individual therapy, parenting work, family therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and group therapy.
We believe in treating the whole family and involve parents and caregivers in treatment as much as possible. Therefore, we educate the whole family about cognitive and behavioral principles, particularly as they relate to increasing desired behaviors and reducing unwanted ones, to help make our clients more independent over time.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an active, evidence-based treatment that teaches people about the relationship between their thoughts, behaviors, and feelings, so that they are better able to understand and control them.
It is a goal-focused and solution-oriented treatment that emphasizes an understanding the function and pattern of one’s problematic behaviors and ways of thinking, so that one can implement new ways of thinking and/or behavioral skills.
What We Treat
|Suicidal ideation or behavior
||Difficulty maintaining friendships|
|Defiance of rules/authority||Academic stress|
|Depressed mood||School refusal or avoidance|
|Intense emotions||Obsessive Compulsive Disorder|
|Gender Identity||Body Image/eating issues|
Our clinicians at BPS offer a variety of treatments for children and adolescents struggling with their mental health. Based on the most up-to-date research on treatments for youth, our staff provides individualized treatment plans to suit your child, teen or family’s needs. As such, you’ll find that most of our treatment is based on cognitive behavioral therapies. Click below to learn more about the specific treatments offered at BPS.