The focus of Child and Adolescent Psychology at MCAM is to provide evidence-based treatment for youth with emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders and their families. Our goal is for youth to feel happier and calmer and for families to function cooperatively. We offer assessment and treatment programs to address a variety of conditions such as inattention, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders (including social phobia, specific phobias, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder), depression (including self-injury and suicidal thinking), disruptive behavior (including hyperactivity and defiance), and trauma related stress. Additionally, we offer treatment for youth and families experiencing life changes (including divorce, grief, and moving) in order to increase positive, effective coping and reduce the likelihood of escalation into more serious difficulties. Finally, we offer psychological evaluations to answer questions about a child’s functioning across various domains: cognitive, brief academics, attention, social-emotional, and behavioral functioning. Results from these evaluations can be useful for medical and school providers to help with treatment planning.

 
Some reasons families pursue psychological services include:
  • Symptoms related to ADHD (inattention/distractibility, impulsivity, hyperactivity)
  • Difficulty with organization/completing tasks
  • Refusing to obey/arguing with adults
  • Temper tantrums/anger outbursts
  • Aggression (hitting, biting, kicking)
  • Trouble following rules at home, school, community
  • Feeling nervous, scared or worried
  • Avoidance or anxious anticipation of situations or specific objects
  • Feelings of intense fear
  • Physiological symptoms related to anxiety (e.g., headaches, difficulty breathing, stomach pain)
  • Performing certain behaviors or rituals that are difficult to stop and interfere with daily functioning
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness and/or worthlessness
  • Diminished interest in activities
  • Changes in appetite and/or sleep patterns
  • Symptoms related to traumatic experiences (e.g., nightmares, remembering the trauma at undesired times, mood and behavior problems, negative thoughts about oneself, problems with concentration, avoiding things/people that are reminders of the trauma, feelings of being distant or unreal)
  • Relaxation techniques for pain conditions and anxiety disorders related to medical conditions
  • Improving compliance with medical regimens including medications, nutrition, exercise, etc.
  • Coping and adjustment to medical diagnosis
  • Coping with divorce
  • Family relocation
  • Death of a loved one/pet
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Adolescent/teen relationship issues

 

We provide the following psychological services:
  • Psychological evaluations to assist with diagnostic clarification and treatment planning
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy*
  • Individual therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting sessions, including behavioral parent training for conduct problems

 

If you are interested in psychological services for your child, please call (601) 499-0935. Our staff will schedule a time for you and your child to participate in an initial intake interview. During the intake, you and your child will meet with a psychologist to help gather information. The purpose of the intake is to better understand your concerns and determine how we can help. By the end of the intake, we plan to provide you with our diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations. Parents are strongly encouraged to complete the intake packet prior to their intake appointment. Intake paperwork can be found here:

Child and Adolescent Psychology Intake Form.

 

*Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced-based treatment for young children with behavior problems. During the intake, information will be gathered to determine if this is the correct approach for your family. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.pcit.org/what-is-pcit.html