16 May 2017
Parenting Skills

Parenting Skills

We recognize that parents are the primary teachers in their children’s lives and play a critical role in their children’s development. Unfortunately, the vast majority of parents are not given any formal training in effective parenting, at home or in school, especially when it comes to children with special needs. We help children by involving their parents in treatment planning and ongoing therapy, especially when the child is young or when behavior problems are the target of treatment. We rely on empirically-supported treatment models for child behavior problems, which include:


We teach parents how to reinforce desired behaviors (and stop reinforcing undesirable behaviors), by changing their own (often automatic) responses. Much emphasis is placed on the following:

· Effective Discipline Techniques
· Labeled Praise
· Planned Ignoring
· Structured Household Rules


· Problem-Solving and Conflict-Resolution Skills (Primarily for Adolescents)
· Assertive Training and Communication Skills

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15 May 2017
Testing and Evaluation
Psychological Testing

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center offers a variety of psychological testing services, for children, adolescents, and adults. A psychological evaluation is a great way to gather a lot of information in a short period of time, which provides therapists with insight into a client’s personality functioning early in the therapy process. A psychological evaluation assesses social, emotional, and behavioral functioning and provides diagnostic impressions and comprehensive treatment recommendations.

We also provide evaluations for ADHD, learning disabilities and requests for accommodations for students in school or taking college entrance exams. These evaluations assess cognitive potential (IQ), academic achievement, and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. We provide a comprehensive report that will meet documentation requirements for secondary schools, university disability services offices, and the College Board. Physicians and insurance companies often request an ADHD evaluation for the initial diagnosis, to document the need for medications, as well as yearly updates.

We also provide psychological evaluations for clients who are undergoing bariatric surgery.

Insurance Coverage and Our Fees: Most psychological evaluations are covered by insurance, although there may be some limitations. Our office staff will be happy to work with you to determine your responsibility for the cost of these evaluations. An estimated cost will be given at the initial appointment and a retainer is typically required.

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15 May 2017
Pain and Chronic Illness

Coping with Pain, Physical Disability
and Chronic Illness

After being injured or receiving a disturbing diagnosis, many adults are flooded with negative emotions: shock, denial, despair, anger, self-pity, uncertainty, worthlessness, uselessness, helplessness, loneliness, loss, guilt, vulnerability, and fear. Without psychological help, these emotions may persist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, with its emphasis on teaching positive, flexible thinking and motivating healthy behaviors, is uniquely well-suited to examining the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of these adults and transforming their emotional suffering into psychological growth.

If you’re a recently diagnosed adult, you may be overwhelmed with your many tasks:

· Understanding your diagnosis and prognosis

· Adjusting to treatment routines

· Acquiring adaptive equipment

· Modifying or changing your residence

· Adjusting family and work roles to your new capabilities, or to accommodate fatigue or a personal attendant

Even if you’ve been coping with the same physical challenges for many years, you might never have achieved a positive outlook, with a sense of optimism; hope for medical advances, cure, or remission; and valuing of remaining assets. Self-acceptance, serenity, and a sense of personal control are often attainable.

If your life expectancy is short, you may wish to focus on grieving losses, accepting death, healing conflicted relationships, leaving a positive legacy, and preparing others for their loss.

Counseling at Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center can help you achieve psychological goals such as to:
· Accept your new body and capabilities

· Maintain or enhance your sense of self-worth, basing it on unchanged qualities

· Replace shame with pride in your resilience, emotional courage, effort, and creativity

· Find positive new meaning, purpose, and goals

· Live fully despite uncertainty

· Manage stigma and overcome stereotypes

· Enhance assertiveness and activism

· Improve family connections

· Enlarge your social network to include those with similar challenges

· Resolve conflicts over dependency

· Revise the gifts you give to/get from others

· Minimize negative emotions

· Generate the energy, perseverance, and determination to persevere

· Find the flexibility and creativity to accomplish tasks in innovative ways

Thus, you’ll be empowered to live
your best possible life!

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