We utilize many forms of treatment depending on the nature of the challenges each person faces.
Treatment Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the theory that our thoughts have substantial control over our feelings and behaviors.  The benefit of this type of treatment is that if we can change the way we think then we can change the way we feel and act even if there are negative environmental factors.   Many studies show that individuals who suffer from depression and various forms of anxiety; including phobias, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders find this type of treatment successful and beneficial.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on revealing and resolving the unconscious conflicts that can cause emotional suffering in day-to-day life. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination of past events that negatively impact present behavior and emotional stability. Within the boundaries of a safe, confidential, and therapeutic relationship, the patient is encouraged to speak freely about thoughts and emotions, and about experiences and fantasies.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic and stress-related physical ailments, and the benefits of the therapy grow after treatment has ended.
Family Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that brings a family together to solve shared problems.  Instead of working with each individual separately, family members work collaboratively and in return strengthen the family system as a whole.     
Play Therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help children prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development. Play therapy can also be used as a tool to determine the cause of a disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside and outside the session.
Couples Therapy can be utilized by any two individuals in a committed relationship.  While engaging in treatment, a couple will have the opportunity to develop effective communication and problem-solving techniques.  Couples are able to learn how to build upon the strength of their relationship and meet the demands and stress that everyday life can bring. 
Dialectic Behavior Informed Therapy involves mindfulness and utilization of specific life skills to regulate emotions and behaviors. This therapeutic approach teaches people to be aware of their emotions, to understand and accept their feelings, and to practice self-regulation in interpersonal relationships. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy has been proven to effectively treat a variety of  personality and mood-related symptoms and behaviors. 
Intensive Therapeutic Therapy provides a goal-oriented, comprehensive treatment plan that offers support and treatment to children, adolescents, and families in crisis.  This program is beneficial for children, adolescents, and young adults with severe anxiety, depression, mood swings, school refusal, family conflict, psychosis, trauma and loss, and interpersonal difficulties.  Multiple sessions a week, including weekly parent guidance, close collaboration with psychiatry, and weekly contacts with school help manage the environment and provide an opportunity for change and success.  

Intensive Therapeutic Therapy often includes cognitive- behavioral interventions, such as forming specific expectations and goal setting, point systems/ daily feedback, schedules, and rewards to help organize and motivate the child or adolescent in need.  Psychodynamic concepts and family therapy techniques also enhance the depth of treatment and support sustainable progress.   Participation in groups can augment treatment through psycho-education and in vivo practice for mindfulness, emotional regulation, and interpersonal skills.

In-Home Family Therapy can help create a calm, safe and nurturing home environment - something that can seem at times like a near impossibility.  The goal of the in-home family treatment model is to use components of Family Therapy within the home setting where the problems often originate.  Individualized goals and interventions, as well as “in the moment” coaching, are used to help set into motion the power to change.
Group Therapy is an efficient and effective form of treatment in which a small group of participants work together on a variety of therapeutic goals.  Groups provide an opportunity to learn about, to explore, and to work on social relationships.  The experience allows participants to learn therapeutic concepts, to have a real life context for social problem solving, and to practice social and coping skills.

Currently we run a wide variety of groups for children, adolescents and young adults that include concepts from Dialectal Behavior Therapy, therapeutic drama, social skills curricula, and play-based recreational therapy.  We have the ability to run parent groups, mindfulness and relaxation groups, multi-family groups, and interpersonal groups for adults. 
Comprehensive Psychological Testing
Psychological Testing is an important way to learn about an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.  Testing helps us to identify underlying issues, to craft sophisticated interventions, and to monitor progress over time. 

We assess children, adolescents, and adults.  Using state-of-the-art, empirically validated, norm-referenced tests, we investigate all of the major psychological dimensions, including cognitive functioning, academic achievement, attention/executive functioning, memory, visual-motor function, social cognition (and skills), and personality functioning. 

Testing includes an intake interview, approximately six hours of face-to-face testing with the examinee, and a two-hour feedback session.  Test reports are written within two weeks of the last date of testing.  Dr. Mark Beitel, one of our psychologists is available to attend school meetings as well. 

Academic Placement (Private School and Pre-College Evaluations)

Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, Phobias, PTSD, etc.)

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Executive Functioning

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Cognitive Deficits (Verbal, Non-Verbal, Working Memory, and Processing Speed)


Kindergarten Readiness

Learning Disabilities (Reading, Mathematics, Writing, and Oral Language)

Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolarity)

Personality/Social Functioning

Serious Mental Illness

Test Anxiety and Underperformance

Vocational Interest and Aptitude
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Therapeutic Center for
Children and Familites
215 Main Street
Westport, CT 06880

(800) 975-7418
(203) 454-2428
(203) 454-2447 fax