Child Psychologist

child psychologist, Child PsychologistWe recognize that every family is different and each person’s situation is unique. We are committed to providing you and your family individualized, compassionate care. Your child’s wellness and ability to reach their potential is the focal point of our mission.

We provide expert assessment, diagnosis, consultation and intervention for childhood behavior and learning problems. Families come to us to gain valuable information and support for their children. We assist families in finding resources and treatment options that are suitable for their individual needs.

Our goal is to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to develop a plan for intervention. We also provide recommendations for pediatricians, schools, teachers and other related professionals, depending on the needs and desires of the child and their family.

Our approach to child psychotherapy combines an understanding of family dynamics with a cognitive behavioral skill-building approach. This allows the family to join together in a healthy way to support the child or teen in treatment.

With younger children or children with developmental challenges, we use play therapy to allow the child to express his or her feelings unconsciously.

When working with children, especially those with ADHD, we utilize an active age-appropriate approach, including the use of games and other play activity to maintain a child’s interest and motivation for change.  We also offer coaching and social skills groups for ages 7-11.

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Successful treatment begins with a strong bond between the therapist and the child. We believe this is the core ingredient for real change. Our therapists work hard to establish a good rapport with your child.

The Sachs Center provides high-quality neuropsychological assessments at competitive rates.  Our complete neuropsychological assessments enable us to fine-tune diagnosis and to provide school officials with documentation of the challenges your child may be facing.

The goal of our assessments is to determine your child’s unique strengths and areas of weakness. Accurate assessments can then guide treatment, provide in-school accommodations and offer solution-focused recommendations for real change.

With very young children, we often engage the child in play therapy — a technique that uses a wide variety of treatment methods, all of which include the use of play. Play can indicate how children are coping with their problems or concerns and it can show how much children understand what is happening around them or within themselves. The natural play of children has long been acknowledged as a form of communication.

During play therapy, children are given the freedom to explore their feelings through their natural method of learning. By playing with specially selected materials such as drawings or buildings, children can play out their feelings, thoughts, and concerns. Children can also learn about their own abilities, limitations, social rules and learn the difference between fantasy and reality.

Playing in a therapeutic environment is different from playing with siblings, friends, parents or other family members. Children play at their own pace with their own agenda and the session becomes a time for the child to experiment with change, learn about choice, self-responsibility, and self-direction, improve social skills and resolve emotional difficulties and inner conflicts.

Parents’ feedback is an integral part of the play therapy process as parents can inform the therapist about changes at home. Play therapy has been found to be effective with children who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioral and learning problems such as anxiety, aggression, depression, ADHD, impulsivity, low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and post-traumatic stress.

At the Sachs Center, we also have a variety of social skill groups run by child psychologists and child therapists.

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