Services provided will either be primarily mental health counseling OR behavioral programming. After a free, brief consultation over the phone, we will decide if my services will meet your needs. If we choose to move forward together, we will schedule an initial assessment. During this time, it will be determined which services will be the most beneficial to your family.
The foundation of behavioral programming is applied behavior analysis, or ABA. ABA is the application of behavioral principles to increase or decrease socially significant target behaviors. Data is routinely collected to determine if progress is being made, rather than relying on subjective judgement.
The first step is to identify target behaviors and complete a Functional Behavior Assessment. This is crucial to the process of understanding what function the behavior serves. A Behavior Intervention Plan will then be developed to address the targeted behaviors. Behavior programming will include caregiver training, data collection, and frequent reviews to ensure that progress is being achieved and maintained.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, and maladaptive or disruptive behaviors.
Behavioral Programming will be the chosen service if your most significant concerns include dangerous, defiant and/or disruptive behaviors, and will likely include children diagnosed with (or suspected of having) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (Please note that your child is not required to have a diagnosis to receive services. I do not complete diagnostic testing.)
Services may be provided as part of an established treatment team. I can work with school personnel, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and center-based providers to help problem-solve as necessary and extend services into your home.
mental health counseling
Mental Health Counseling may be provided for an individual child, siblings, or as family counseling. Addressing some behavioral concerns may be included in the treatment plan, however, the primary focus will be mental health issues, such as anxiety, school avoidance, trauma, depression, etc.
In addition to providing services to families, I am available for consulting in other capacities as well. This may include developing and implementing Positive Behavior Support plans within a school district, working to improve peer relationships and decrease bullying, or consulting on a specific case. I am also available to consult with other professionals working with children diagnosed with ASD and co-occurring mental health disorders.