We specialize in individual and family-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Our therapists, listed below, can work individually or collaboratively with your family, to provide a variety of services suited to your and/or your child's specific needs.
Therapists specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Kristen M. Ohlenforst, PhD
Jaime D. Crowley, PhD
Tabatha H. Melton, PhD*
Jamie L. Pederson, LMSW
Therapists specializing in Play/Activity Therapy:
Kristin S. Bemis, MEd, LPC, RPT
Ashley P. Scott, MS, LPC
*We are excited to welcome Dr. Melton into our practice in August of 2014.
We offer the below-listed individual and family-based services, and will work collaboratively with you to determine which services are best suited to your current needs:
Individual Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents
We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with Anxiety Disorders. In the context of weekly therapy, our therapists will work individually with your child to explore his/her anxious thoughts and behaviors, and support him/her in practicing adaptive coping strategies for managing anxious feelings. Your child and his/her therapist will practice numerous empirically-supported anxiety management techniques during session; subsequently, your child's therapist will encourage your child (often with your participation) to actively practice these techniques over the coming week. When providing CBT, our therapists typically meet briefly with a child's parent(s) at the start or end of each session, so that the parents might relay pressing concerns from the prior week, and/or so the therapist can orient the parent(s) to the child's "therapy homework" for the coming week. Our therapists also provide this type of therapy and support for children and adolescents experiencing feelings of sadness, stress, and anger.
Play Therapy for Children and Pre-Teens
Our practice also specializes in Play Therapy for children and pre-teens struggling with a range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, trauma, and grief. In the context of weekly therapy, our play therapists will work individually with your child to provide a therapeutic outlet for emotional expression and exploration, thereby allowing your child to improve his/her insight and awareness, build and strengthen coping tools, and enhance self-esteem; throughout this process, parents frequently notice an overall improvement in mood and decrease in frequency and intensity of behavioral symptoms. Our play therapists typically devote the majority of the weekly session to one-on-one time with your child, and will meet briefly with parents after session or at a separate time if needed. Most parent consultations occur without the child present, so as to protect the child's relationship with the therapist and the parents' relationships with their child. Such consultations are usually conducted in person or via phone at regular intervals, but can be scheduled as often as needed. Through their work with parents, our therapists provide education, strategies, and support for parents wishing to decrease parental stress, reduce frequency and intensity of behavioral difficulties at home, and improve parent-child relationship dynamics.
Individualized Parent Consultation
Although some children's emotional or behavioral difficulties are most appropriately addressed via Individual Psychotherapy, certain difficulties are more successfully remediated through Parent Consultation. In other words, rather than meeting individually with your child (or in addition to doing so), your child's therapist may recommend meeting weekly with one or both parents to examine what factors might be contributing to and/or perpetuating your child's behavioral difficulties. Subsequently, you and your therapist will discuss empirically-supported techniques aimed at modifying your child's behavior. Through Parent Consultation, you will work collaboratively to choose which techniques and strategies are appropriate for your family's needs and child's behavior. As parents practice implementing these new techniques, you and your therapist will meet weekly to review successes and pitfalls and to modify chosen interventions to better meet your child's needs. Through such work, you aim to decrease your child's noncompliance and/or oppositionality, reduce feelings of anxiety and/or depression, strengthen his/her adaptive behaviors and self-esteem, and enhance your parent-child relationship.
Several times per year (fall semester, spring semester, and occasionally summer), our therapists offer the below-described 8-week didactic parenting groups. For more information related to these groups (e.g., fees, scheduling, reserving space, etc.), please contact our office:
ADHD Parent Group, facilitated by Dr. Ohlenforst (for parents of children ages 5-12): This group is designed specifically for parents of children with ADHD and/or behavioral difficulties. While increasing parental consistency and confidence, parents collectively learn empirically-supported behavioral management strategies aimed at reducing the problematic behaviors often seen among children diagnosed with ADHD. We will also pay close attention to discerning and consistently rewarding your child's healthy and adaptive behaviors!
- Child-Parent-Relationship (CPR) Training, facilitated by Kristin Bemis and/or Ashley Scott (for parents of children ages 10 and younger): This group is designed specifically for parents who wish to improve their relationship with their child. Research has shown that motivated parents who learn and apply play therapy skills at home can reduce behavior problems, enhance self-esteem, and improve the overall parent-child relationship.
Individual Psychotherapy for Adults
In addition to our child and adolescent services, we offer Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults, while integrating elements of psychodynamic theory and various other orientations. Because every patient's needs differ, our therapists will select an appropriate therapeutic intervention based on a patient's presenting symptoms, current difficulties, and ongoing feedback. Together, you and your therapist will develop a proper treatment plan for exploring and addressing ongoing issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, identity, relationships, and interpersonal conflict.