Our clinical services include evaluation, treatment, and consultations.
The clinic offers comprehensive evaluations for the purposes of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment recommendations. Our evidence-based assessment process ensures that we correctly identify the presence or absence of anxiety disorders and other possible concerns (e.g., depression or disruptive behaviors).
The evaluation includes:
- A detailed interview that is given separately to the child and primary caretaker.
- A number of widely-used questionnaires.
- Please see the “Research/Projects” tab for additional information regarding intake evaluations completed as part of research.
After the evaluation, the assessor will be able to provide you with some initial feedback. The program team meets weekly to review the results of each intake evaluation. We then invite the family to return for a feedback session to discuss our impressions and treatment recommendations. If the evaluation was not completed as part of research, results will also be provided in a brief written report to the family.
Please note that our intake evaluations do not involve IQ, educational disability, or projective personality testing (e.g., inkblots).
Our clinic specializes in providing evidence-based psychotherapy for childhood anxiety. These treatments are supported by strong scientific evidence. Much of the evidence that underlies effective treatments for anxiety was obtained, and continues to be obtained, from our team’s federally funded research projects (See “Publications” tab for more information).
These treatments include:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which involves gradually facing anxiety-provoking events and learning ways to cope with distressing thoughts and feelings.
- Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), an intervention that provides parents with tools to effectively respond to their child’s anxiety.
- Attention Bias Modification Training (ABMT), a computer-assisted intervention that targets threat-related biases in attention that maintain problematic anxiety.
- Intensive services, a short-term CBT approach to meet the needs of families who do not live locally. Duration of treatment ranges from days to weeks. It is designed to be maximally flexible and tailored to the individual needs of the child, teen or young adult.
- Medication management.
Depending on the specific needs of each family, treatment is provided in an individual or family format.
If desired and deemed appropriate, members of the program team can provide consultations to other health care providers and school personnel. The consultations could entail the need for additional services including classroom visits, home visits, and other observational sites.