PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES TREATED AT PSYCHOLOGY HOUSTON, PC
Anxiety is the most common of all psychological issues, in both children and adults. More importantly, it is very treatable. At Psychology Houston, PC, we specialize in identifying specific anxiety disorders and applying the most effective treatment interventions. Most commonly, interventions for anxiety include teaching clients to systematically approach anxiety-provoking situations, to manage their reactions, and eventually to successfully tolerate and conquer their anxiety.
Child and Adolescent Anxiety
Anxiety in children is treated similarly to that of adults, but with child-friendly language and interaction. As with treatment for adults, all interventions are solution-focused and grounded in research, but also typically involve parent training and coaching. CBT skills are taught in a friendly and fun atmosphere resulting in the reduction of childhood anxiety. Common childhood anxiety issues treated at Psychology Houston, PC include: social anxiety, test anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias and difficulties coping with life stress. Our goals for your child are to reduce symptoms of anxiety and improve social, academic, and emotional functioning.
Child and Adolescent Treatment (outside of anxiety)
Psychology Houston, PC provides cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents experiencing problems common to young people including: hyperactivity, school refusal, shyness, oppositional behaviors, low self esteem, depression, nervous habits and tics, learning disabilities, sensory-based problems, adjustment issues, peer pressure, bullying and others. Families are involved with the treatment of children and, when appropriate, with the treatment of adolescents. The psychologists at Psychology Houston, PC have decades of experience treating adolescents and the unique attributes that they typically present in therapy. Therapy with adolescents often focuses on identity formation, parent relationship concerns, sexual identity and orientation issues, self-concept, peer relationships, academic stress and success, college readiness, and coping with high school stressors.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The treatment of choice for OCD is an intervention called “Exposure and Response Prevention” (ERP). This approach is a systematic intervention of working with a client on progressively moving up an exposure (facing the things that are feared) hierarchy while simultaneously reducing rituals (behaviors that bring down anxiety in a non-productive way, e.g., hand washing). With support, clients are able to reduce ritualistic behavior and habituate (grow accustomed) to stimuli that were previously feared. It is a highly effective treatment when utilized with motivated and willing clients. All psychologists at Psychology Houston, PC are trained in ERP and Dr. Mouton-Odum is faculty at the International OCD Foundation Behavioral Therapy Institute (a training program for therapists who want to learn to treat OCD).
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
Trichotillomania is a disorder characterized by recurrent pulling out of one’s hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and other areas of the body. Treatment involves identifying all aspects of a person’s hair pulling behavior and creating a tailored treatment plan to address all internal and external triggers for pulling. The psychologists at Psychology Houston, PC are all trained by the TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (www.bfrb.org) in this unique and effective intervention. This treatment was developed by Charles Mansueto, Ph.D. and his colleagues at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington and is referred to as the Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment (ComB). Therapy is uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each individual, with education and coaching given to families and parents.
Similar to hair pulling, skin picking (Excoriation Disorder) also is treated utilizing the Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment (ComB). Skin picking can involve a variety of behaviors such as acne picking, other body picking, nail biting, cuticle picking, nail picking, lip and cheek biting, lip picking, nose picking, and feet picking. The ComB Treatment involves identifying all aspects of a person’s behavior and creating an individualized treatment plan to address all internal and external triggers for picking. Therapy is uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each individual, with education and coaching given to families and parents.
Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Educational Testing
Many children are referred for psychological and/or educational evaluations during their academic career. At Psychology Houston, PC, we provide a full range of psychological evaluations to answer diagnostic questions, offer therapeutic recommendations, and/or aid in treatment planning. We pride ourselves on being able to schedule assessments quickly (typically within 2 weeks) and rapid report turn around (typically within 3 weeks). Testing can be completed in one session or over multiple days, depending on the needs of the child. Parents are asked to schedule a consultation session first, to determine the questions being asked and the goals of the evaluation so that an appropriate battery of tests can be decided upon.
Houston Area Behavioral Institute for Tourette (HABIT) Clinic
The HABIT Clinic is housed in the same location as Psychology Houston, PC and offers comprehensive behavioral treatment for Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorders (CBIT) for children, adolescents and adults with these conditions. The HABIT Clinic is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, a designated Tourette Syndrome Association Center of Excellence (TSA-COE).
Grief and Bereavement
Assessment and intervention for people who are experiencing both acute and chronic grief following a wide range of loss and trauma. Treatment is offered in both individual and group formats, and often includes family-based treatment. Grief counseling is designed to facilitate adaptive coping and emotional healing after the death of a loved one. Grief-related issues are processed and addressed with care and compassion through an individualized treatment plan that takes into account the unique personality of the bereaved person and the specific nature and circumstances of the loss.
The understanding of inattention and poor impulse control in children and adults with ADD/ADHD has shifted from primarily “the inability to stay on task:” to a broader concept called executive function weaknesses. Executive functions are your brains tools for helping you plan and execute daily activities. These include planning, initiating, organization, time management, emotional control, sustained attention, and impulse control. Children and adults with deficits in executive functions have problems organizing materials and setting schedules. They misplace papers, reports, and other school materials. They might have similar problems keeping track of their personal items or keeping their bedroom organized. Psychology Houston offers an evidenced-based program to help children, adolescents, and adults with these types of challenges. Intervention is very individualized based on the individual’s specific executive function weaknesses.
The Social Skills Treatment is an evidenced-based intervention designed to help children and adolescents who struggle initiating and maintaining positive peer relationships. Social skills training includes skills such as starting a conversation, how to have back-and-forth conversations, asking for help, and how to share and take turns. Social skills training is provided in an individual format.