When a child or adolescent is struggling, they are not able to engage with their friends, family, or participate in school. Common reasons for youth to enter into treatment include: problems with self-esteem or a desire to explore aspects of their identity; challenges that come from having a learning disorder; ADHD; or other psychiatric diagnosis; or other family or environmental stressors.
Collaborative Pathways therapists have experience building a relationship, even with youth who are shut down, or do not want to be in therapy. They utilize knowledge of child development, including identity development, in all aspects of treatment. Patient success is measured by seeing a child or adolescent smile more frequently and being able to enjoy their childhood more fully.
In addition, although we recognize that the youth is the focus of treatment, our therapists ensure that they have regular communication with parents and caregivers. Therapists aim to meet with parents and caregivers at least once a month, as it is essential for them to be informed of the core themes discussed in treatment.