Psychotherapy is conducted by qualified licensed psychotherapists with specialized education and experience in understanding human behavior and psychological difficulty. It is a type of treatment targeting improvement in emotional and behavioral health. Goals often include relief from emotional distress, increase in balanced thinking, and sustained healthy changes in behavior. It is always focused on the patient and their goals related to symptom relief, problem solutions, and healthy lifestyle changes.

Hancock-Smith Pediatric & Behavioral Health provides psychotherapy in multiple formats including individual, family, and group therapies. Each format includes learning, practicing, and using new skills inside as well as outside of the therapy office. Treatment modalities used within each format are all evidenced based (i.e. based on sound and peer-reviewed scientific research).

Individual: During individual therapy, you are in a one-on-one setting with a psychologist receiving uniquely tailored skills that include life-long tools to help manage health symptoms impacting your day-to-day functioning. We utilize a variety of evidenced based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Family: Our Family Therapy services target disruptions in the unit via a multisystemic approach. We examine the impact of ecological experiences (e.g. school, places of worship, work, community center) on your familial operation and use strengths related to each of those in developing solutions to presenting problems. Our overall goal is to improve family communication and interaction patterns leading to a healthy family unit. We utilize a variety of evidenced based treatments including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Group: We provide a variety of group types including skills, support and process groups. Our group environments are safe, inclusive, and effective. Patients benefit from the skills learned from expert psychologists and from other group members with similar experiences.