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A community of pediatric consultants, psychologists, and therapists providing evaluation, therapy, and guidance to children and families.

Understanding the Differences between Therapists

ABA Therapist

Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) can improve social, communication, and learning skills through reinforcement strategies. ABA therapists try to uncover the causes of certain behaviors to help your child change or improve them. ABA therapy can improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful.
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ACT Therapist

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility. Therapists help individuals recognize ways in which their attempts to suppress, manage, and control emotional experiences create challenges. Research shows ACT therapy is effective among children with anxiety.
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Anger Management Therapist

Anger management therapy helps children identify and overcome emotional stressors that cause anger. Children learn how to express themselves in appropriate ways, identify triggers, use problem-solving skills, and learn strategies to calm down. When anger is affecting a child’s ability to live happily and healthily, anger management therapy can help.
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Art Therapist

Art therapy uses art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts. The American Art Therapy Association states that art therapy can be an effective mental health treatment for those who have experienced depression, trauma, medical illness, and social difficulties.
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Child Parent Relationship Therapy

Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) teaches parents specific skills that focus on enhancing a secure attachment with their child and helping them attune to and respond to their child's underlying needs to address symptoms. In a supportive group environment, parents learn skills to respond more effectively to their children's emotional and behavioral concerns.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Cognitive behavior therapy helps individuals learn how to be their own therapists. Through exercises in the session as well as homework exercises outside of sessions, individuals are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior.
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Dance Movement Therapist

Dance movement therapists focus on helping individuals improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills and relationships, expand their movement vocabulary, gain insight into patterns of behavior, as well as create new options for coping with problems.
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapist

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is the gold standard for treating chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Research also shows it is effective in treating substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
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EMDR Therapist

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy helps individuals recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
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Emotionally Focused Therapist

Emotionally focused therapy for children involves exploring the parent-child relationship. The goal is to form a secure parent-child attachment, which promotes more positive self-concept and better emotion regulation for the child. Emotionally focused therapy can help reduce family stress and provide parents with helpful tools to support their children.
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Music Therapist

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses. They design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, songwriting, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music.
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Parent Child Interaction Therapist

Parent-Child Interaction Therapist (PCI) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems. During PCIT, therapists coach parents while they interact with their children, teaching caregivers strategies that will promote positive behaviors in children who have disruptive or externalizing behavior problems.
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Pediatric Nutritionist

The Commission on Diatetic Registration (CDR) states specialists in pediatric nutrition are experienced registered dietitians who apply evidence-based nutrition knowledge in providing medical nutrition therapy for pediatric patients. They are licensed professionals who specialize in the nutritional care of children and understand their specific nutritional needs.
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Play Therapist

Child play therapists work with children at their developmental level and look for ways of helping in the language of the child's play. Therapists use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems. Play therapy works best when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and child.
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Sandtray Therapist

Sandtray therapy provides the child with an experience that is active, nonverbal, indirect, and symbolic. It can be utilized with children ages eight through adolescents. Sandtray therapy allows clients to express themselves metaphorically. Therapists can facilitate healing by accepting and acknowledging what clients truly experience emotionally.
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Sensory Intergration Therapist

Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way. Effective integration of these sensations enables the development of the skills, such as care of self and others, engagement with people and objects, and participation in social contexts.
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Social Skills Therapist

Social skills training is a type of behavioral therapy used to improve social skills in people with mental disorders or developmental disabilities. It is delivered either individually or in a group format and is used to help those with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and other diagnoses. Social skills training is about learning appropriate skills to survive in a social setting.
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Trauma Focused Therapist

Trauma-Focused Therapy focuses on understanding the connection between the trauma experience and the child’s emotional and behavioral responses. It provides skills and strategies to assist your child in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences.
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