PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

 

Evaluation:

 

During initial visits, the psychologist assesses client strengths and needs and collaboratively develops treatment goals with the client. Assessment approaches often include comprehensive diagnostic interviews and structured checklists. Child evaluations typically include a family session(s). If indicated, providers may conduct a school visit. The psychologist often consults with other involved professionals. Psychological and psychoeducational testing are not provided at ITS-PALSS.

 

Individual Therapy:

 

ITS-PALSS psychologists offer individual therapy for children, adolescents, & adults. In a safe, caring setting, individuals are able to explore challenges and develop new coping strategies. The frequency of visits and duration of treatment varies by client need. Individual therapy may include play therapy for young children. Treatment with children often integrates family support and parent/teacher consultation to promote positive adjustment.

 

Family Therapy:

 

ITS-PALSS psychologists offer family treatment to address recurrent, negative patterns of relating and to support healthy family relationships. A primary goal of treatment is to heal conflicts and challenges that impact all family members. Treatment promotes better approaches to dealing with life transitions, improved problem solving, and better communication while aiming to alleviate stress in the family system.

 

Couples Therapy:

 

ITS-PALSS psychologists offer couples therapy to strengthen intimate relationships and to help partners successfully manage conflicts. Our approach is goal-oriented and behaviorally focused. We incorporate Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and other cutting edge models to help couples move toward greater closeness, improved communication, resilience, and creative problem solving. Our orientation actively addresses contributing issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or chronic illness.

 

Parent Guidance/Consultation:

 

ITS-PALSS psychologists offer parent guidance and consultation. Parents often seek opportunities to discuss their child's challenges with the psychologist without their child present. Therapists meet alone with parents to explore parenting stress and to provide support. Parents also receive individualized guidance on managing their child's difficult behaviors.

 

School Consultation:

 

ITS-PALSS psychologists may offer school consultation if requested by the parent. Children's social-emotional and behavioral challenges sometimes negatively impact school adjustment and academic success. Likewise, understanding the fit between a child's needs and the school setting is often important. Psychologists may offer school-based observations to assess a child's functioning in the classroom followed by attendance at meetings with school staff to provide specific recommendations for supporting the child in the school setting.

 

Social Skills Groups For Older Children &Teens:

 

ITS-PALSS offers social skills and counseling groups for children ages 11 through 18 years of age who would benefit from learning better ways of interacting with their peers and family members, managing stress, solving problems and resolving conflicts,developing better self-esteem, and learning to regulate mood problems including anger management and coping with anxiety or depression. Interpersonal skills are critical to successful functioning in life and can influence academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities.

 

EMDR:

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach that helps to reduce emotional distress, negative thoughts, and the adverse effects of trauma while building better coping skills and a more resilient state of being. In therapy, the client identifies memories, current incidents, and related emotions and body sensations that trigger negative beliefs about self that derail emotional stability. After EMDR processing, many clients report feeling less emotional distress, greater cognitive insights, and an inner sense of calm when stressed by challenging events or memories.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy:

 

We offer dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients who suffer from mood dysregulation and problematic behavior. The therapy focuses on decreasing behaviors that interfere with quality of life or dealing with post-traumatic stress responses. The client learns how to let go of disturbing thoughts or memories, to be more effective with interpersonal relationships, to cope better with distressing events, and to regulate mood, especially anger, anxiety, and depression. Principles from sensory integrative therapy and mind-body therapies are integrated into DBT to help the client better understand their own nervous system, their unique learning style and responses to sensory stimulation and how these impact mood and behavior.


EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

 

Educational Planning including school placement:

 

Review of relevant documentation, school observations and consultation with parents, caregivers and other professionals in order to identify appropriate educational options. Assisting families with the application process for private school or identifying public school options.

 

Eligibility for Special Education and IEP development:

 

Assisting parents and caregivers with the steps necessary to determine eligibility as defined by the statues under IDEA. If a student is found eligible, working together to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) including goals, objectives, and all aspects of services. Helping families navigate the process, understand the documentation, and support through advocacy and school meetings.

 

504 Plans:

 

Assisting with the process of securing a 504 plan if a student is eligible under the provisions outlined under the Federal act (ADA).

 

Ongoing school and educational progress monitoring:

 

Periodic monitoring of educational progress and school placement. This includes reviewing documentation, school observations and review with other professionals providing services as an advocate to ensure that a student is receiving the services they are entitled to and are being appropriately served in their educational placement.

 

School observations and Consultation:

 

Required as part of an initial consultation but also offered in any context of educational planning and monitoring. Can be incorporated into consultation to private schools for identifying appropriate accommodations for a student.

 

Educational Tutoring and Academic Therapy:

 

Provided to students ages 2 through 18 with identified learning challenges by highly trained and experienced educational learning specialists. Individual plans are created based on needs in any area of academics, and organizational and test taking strategies. For young children, therapy focuses on early problem solving skills and integrating early concept development into play based activities.

 

Educational and Developmental Case Management:

 

Ongoing monitoring through the school years as needed in any form. This could include annual attendance at IEP meetings, periodic review of progress on IEP's, periodic school observations, transition from private to public school, and support through the transitions from preschool to elementary, elementary to middle and middle to high school years.

 

Expert Testimony in Due Process Hearings:

 

Provided as needed only after a full consultation has been completed and an independent and objective opinion has been formed by the consultant.