Mental Health

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Our Mental Health clinicians promote healthy development across the entire lifespan who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behaviors. Our number one goal is for clients to reach their full potential and provide support through a variety of life challenges while teaching new coping skills and techniques to better manage daily stressors. At Kick Start, we treat children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Services Provided:

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Individual Therapy​
Family Therapy
Parent Coaching/Support
Couples Counseling
Educational Advocacy/Consultations
Social Groups
Child/Adolescent Assessments

our therapists

We believe that the relationship that develops between the therapist and the patient is crucial, so the client feels comfortable, safe and understood which is the key to successfully reaching therapy goals. Our therapists are experienced in the assessment and treatment various areas of social-emotional health.
 
For children and adolescents, we specialize in:
  • Learning, attention, or social skill problems 
  • Behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, aggression, acting out, opposition at school or home) 
  • Peer problems, relationship difficulties 
  • Episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or irritability 
  • Difficulties with regulating mood 
  • Fearful behavior that results in avoidance or gets in the way of healthy development 
  • Obsessions or compulsions 
  • Experiencing bullying or bullying other children 
  • Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor 
  • Problems adjusting to transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation) 
  • Bereavement issues 
  • Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event including medical, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse 
  • Signs of self-destructive behavior, such as head-banging, cutting, or extreme risk-taking 
  • Repeated thoughts of death or suicide 
For adults, we specialize in:
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions

Evaluations

As children and adolescents continue to grow and mature, it is completely normal to have shifts in their behaviors, mood and thinking, however, we understand that for families, it may be difficult to know when a change reflects normal development or signs/symptoms of something more significant. Our mental health clinicians will conduct a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment to gather information about the child/adolescents’ current problem or concern.  Evaluations will consist of a combination of clinical observations, questionnaires and if, applicable, parent interviews.

Evaluations can also be done for adults seeking treatment for their own self-care. 

treatment

Treatment recommendations will be made based on current problems, history, level of development, ability to participate in treatment, and what interventions are most likely to help with the presenting concerns. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of therapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems. Our highly skilled mental health clinicians are trained and certified in a variety of treatment approaches and modalities including, but not limiting to:  

 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)  
  • Mindfulness 
  • Play Therapy  
  • Trauma Informed Therapy  
  • Family Systems Therapy  
  • Attachment-Based Therapy  
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) 
  • DIR/Floortime®