child services

  I recognize that there is nothing more important than your child's well being and happiness and if you decide to get your child help here, know that our treatment will be goal oriented.

  The treatment goals we work on will be decided by you and your child's difficulties and as the parent you will be encouraged to be an active participant in the change process for your child. I will use strategies such as parent training, parent coaching, and teaching parenting skills that are specific to your child’s needs. Of course, it will also be important that your child be actively engaged in the process, and your child should feel comfortable with me and with the process.

  Children can be nervous at first. Toys & activities are available provided during the parent interview that should help your child feel more at ease. When telling your child about the first visit, discuss the visit in very general terms. Say something like, we are all going to see a special kind of doctor to talk about how to make things better at home/school. Let them know there will not be any shots and let them know that they are not "in trouble". Make sure they know the family needs some help in certain areas because if your child views this as a a"punishment" they may be more resistant to the process.

  Try to plan ahead so your child is not hungry, overly tired or ill, and arrive on time. This will let our time together to feel less tense and we will be able to use your entire allotted appointment time.

  Services will be outpatient counseling for diagnosis and/or treatment of behavioral and/or mood disorders such as (but not limited to):

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Social Skills
  • Parent-Child/Teen Conflict
  • Parenting problems
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  I am also able to provide BHRS or "wraparound" evaluations to help determine if your child would qualify for these services. These are services that are provided to children and their families in the home, school, and community settings. The process begins with a confidential, comprehensive evaluation, to assess your child's need for this service, and includes a prescription for these services.

  Following the assessment, an Interagency Team Meeting is held, with the parent(s), guardians, and managed-care insurance company representative in attendance, to determine if services are medically necessary. If BHRS treatment is authorized, an individualized and behaviorally-oriented Treatment Plan is developed with parental input to focus on the needs of the child and their family.

  The primary goal of wraparound treatment is to treat your child in their natural environment. Reassessments of the child's progress are performed every 4 months to evaluate the continued need for this service, and quarterly Interagency meetings are held to modify ongoing plans of care.

  If your child or adolescent has been previously diagnosed with another type of disorder that you feel qualifies for wraparound services, or if you would like to contact us to conduct an initial evaluation for services, please call so that we can help you get the needed services.

  If you are interested in learning more about BHRS (previously "Wrap around") services, more information can be obtained From the Pennsyvania Department of Public Welfare web site - Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) and answers the following questions:

  • What are "wraparound" services?
  • How are services decided?
  • Who provides services?
  • When and where do services occur?
  • What do services look like?
  • How can my child get services?
  • What wraparound is not.
  • Why does my child need wraparound services when I already have education services?

  Our first visit.

  If you are ready to schedule an appointment, it is helpful to call and discuss this, to see if we are a good fit working together. On the call we will review a few things including location, insurance, scheduling limitations and reason to be seen. While I work with a variety of issues, I may not be the best fit for everyone, and it helps to review this before scheduling.

  Whether you complete the forms or not, it is necessary to contact me, preferably by phone, to arrange an initial,in person, meeting.