We also help parents to better understand themselves and their children, through evaluations and Parent Management Training. In many situations, especially with very young children, more structured and supportive interactions between parents and children can make a big difference in their behaviors. We can help you learn how to adjust your interactions at home.
You're the best expert on your child, and you know when something just isn't working. Maybe she doesn't seem to be hitting developmental milestones at the same pace as her peers. Maybe you need to tell him 14 times to put on his shoes. Maybe her teacher thinks she might have a reading disability. Maybe he can't seem to make friends and will only come out of his shell at home. Maybe you've been battling defiant behavior, obsessive rituals, or talk of suicide. Maybe someone has suggested your child might have ADHD, autism, anxiety, a learning disorder, or another kind of psychological diagnosis. In all of these cases and many more, an assessment can help you learn more about how your child thinks and feels and views the world. We also work with you to understand how you can help your child grow and develop, from treatment options to home and school strategies.
For assessment, we can see individuals of any age. Parents of babies and toddlers (12 months and older) might seek an evaluation to evaluate for developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). School-aged children can benefit from evaluations for any academic, emotional, or behavioral issues. Young adults may want an evaluation to uncover issues that may be impeding their life goals, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a learning disorder. Older adults might need to assess functioning following an injury or other life event. People of all ages can benefit from knowing more about their unique strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies.
For therapy, children 1-4 years old benefit more when therapists work with their parents than with them directly. We're happy to help parents improve their interactions with children of any age. For children 4 and older, our psychologists work directly with children in a variety of ways, depending on the problem. These include child-only sessions with the psychologist, parents-only sessions, parent-and-child sessions, and full-family sessions, as needed. We are also happy to work with teachers and other providers when we can. With adults, our psychologists can see individuals and will work collaboratively with others in their lives, as appropriate.
There are many reasons why someone might seek help. We can provide therapy and assessment for children, adolescents, and adults for issues like:
We take a process approach to assessment, which is designed to observe and measure aspects of your child from many different angles and contexts. We choose methods depending on the child's age and developmental stage, the reason for the assessment, and the personality and needs of the child. Typically, this includes an interview and questionnaires with parents and other significant caregivers and teachers, observation of the child in multiple contexts, and state-of-the-art instruments. In conducting our analyses, we are not simply looking at test scores and diagnostic criteria, we are also evaluating how a child chose an answer or made an error or managed frustration/boredom or interacted with the examiner. This gives us a deeper understanding of how kids attend to, interpret, and assimilate information from their dynamic environment. The kind of information we collect can help shed light on a child's:
We are here to help you with any kind of psychological or behavioral concern you may have. Our psychologists are experts in conducting evaluations to help you learn more about your child and in providing treatment to help manage those concerns. We are also happy to consult with you on a shorter-term basis to see what kind of help would be most appropriate and to help you get started.
Academic achievement, including reading, math, and writing
Learning and memory
Social awareness and skills
After the evaluation is complete, we will create a report for your family that will describe our findings in detail, in easy-to-understand language. This report will also make concrete recommendations for treatment and various services and local resources, if needed. We will also meet with you (and your child, if appropriate), to explain the data and to answer your questions. Through this process, you will learn more about how your child's strengths, weaknesses, and unique characteristics and about how those abilities and characteristics interact with his or her environment, for better or for worse. You and your child will learn more about how he or she processes and responds to the world, how to anticipate potential challenges in the future, and how to use their strengths to mitigate their weaknesses. Using the data we collect throughout the course of the evaluation, we will make suggestions as needed for targeted treatment, accommodations at school, and strategies on how to help them at home.
Effort and motivation
Personality traits and style
Read more below to learn how our therapy and assessment can help you and your family
Sometimes, a family would like the opinion of a psychologist, even if they're not ready for a full evaluation or therapeutic treatment quite yet. We are happy to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. If you decide to move forward with evaluation, then the consultation fees will be absorbed into the evaluation fee. We are also available to offer a second opinion on diagnosis and treatment recommendations, if testing has recently been completed by another professional.
Additionally, we are available for consultation to schools and other child- and family-centric organizations and can present lectures and workshops on topics of interest.
Although we are not in-network with any insurance companies, we will work with you to provide you documentation for out-of-network benefits. If your insurance plans include out-of-network benefits, you may be able to receive partial reimbursement for all services. Please contact us for a full explanation of fees. We can accept payment through personal checks, credit cards, and various electronic payment systems. Payment from clients is expected at the time of service.
Many parents are rightfully worried about the stigma associated with a psychological diagnosis, and they worry that an evaluation will pigeon-hole them into an ill-fitting set of static symptoms. At Small Brooklyn Psychology, our primary goal is to describe the complex, interconnected systems and characteristics that make them who they are. We want you and your child to understand where behaviors and tendencies come from and how they might impact him or her throughout development. If a diagnosis truly fits a child's presentation, then it can be a powerful communication tool to help others know the kinds of challenges a child may be experiencing. But we always work hard to help others know how this child is experiencing these specific challenges and how they play out in this environment. We try to focus on a child's strengths as much as his or her weaknesses.
For all our psychologists, forming a strong and warm relationship with the client and family is the bedrock of therapy. We will always take the time and space to help you feel supported and heard. Our treatment methodologies are always rooted in science, with good research outcomes to support their use. The foundation of our treatment is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps clients understand how their thoughts influence their behaviors. There are many variants of evidence-based treatments that have stemmed from CBT, including Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT), and we will use those methods when needed. As always, treatment is highly personalized to the person, the problem, and the situation, and no single model will be appropriate for every individual.
Small Brooklyn Psychology is a group practice of experienced psychologists and neuropsychologists who offer evidence-based therapy and neuropsychological assessments to people of all ages. We work closely with families, teachers, and other providers to gather and disseminate the best information we can. We also offer short-term consultations to discuss your concerns and to give you advice about your next steps, and we will connect you to the best help available.
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