We realize that requesting treatment for a child is a difficult decision. This type of work can be viewed as an investment in your child’s future. At The Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins Center we are dedicated to your child’s healthy personality development over time. We look forward to working together on behalf of your child.
Developmental Guidance involves regular appointments between parents and a therapist. These sessions focus on parenting strategies that will help with a child’s developmental needs.
Young children (under age 5 or 6) are typically not seen in individual treatment. Rather, we have found it more effective and natural for parents to be able to help their young children with difficulties. Treatment-via-the-parent involves work between a parent and therapist in which they think together about the child’s difficulties and plan how the parent can intervene in a developmentally helpful way. The therapeutic intervention takes place at home, in the day-to-day relationship between parent and child.
School-age children and adolescents in psychotherapy may be seen once or twice a week at Hanna Perkins. Psychotherapy involves individual sessions between child and therapist, with regular parent sessions scheduled separately. This arrangement ensures the child’s privacy during this work while allowing the parent, child, and therapist to work together as a treatment team. Work is based on the child’s wish for help and ability to participate, and is undertaken at the child’s pace.
Psychoanalysis provides children the opportunity to work through and overcome difficulties that result from internal or unconscious conflicts that may have roots in earlier experiences. Much like psychotherapy, psychoanalysis relies upon the treatment team of child, therapist, and parent as parental support for the work is essential. Sessions are scheduled more frequently to enhance the development of a unique relationship with the therapist wherein feelings, behaviors, and perceptions can be looked at more closely and where conflicts that are not fully conscious to the child can become recognized and addressed.
For children involved in our School or Clinic, we can provide psychological testing that can help in the formulation of treatment and/or academic decisions.
Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
A combination of group support and individual counseling/therapy has been demonstrated to be particularly effective in helping mothers suffering from postpartum depression and related disorders. Hadden Clinic provides these services with specialists in this underserved practice area.
Please contact: Beatrice Griffin at 216.991.4472 (ext. 550 after hours)