We provide specialized treatment for children aged 3-18. In the process, we focus on the family system as a whole and helping parents to help their child.
We offer individual, family, and group therapy as well as medication management, if needed. All our clinicians and prescribers in this program are specially trained in dealing with youth. We have specialists in early childhood ages 3-6; latency-aged children ages 7-11; and both early and late adolescent specialists.
Our extensive services for chemical dependency include both outpatient and inpatient treatment for adolescents ages 13-17. The intensive outpatient program focuses on substance use but also on other acting out behaviors of adolescence, including cutting, eating disorders, teen violence, bullying issues, teen isolation, and attention issues. Many of these are related to the use of drugs and alcohol.
For all child and youth services at Highland Springs, we require parents take an active and involved role in the prescribed therapy. We believe in strengthening the entire family in order to help the child adjust to the developmental pressures of childhood and adolescence.
Highland Springs’ Youth Specialty Services include EDMR & Trauma Services, Play Therapy, Adolescent DBT, and Functional Family Therapy.
Evidence-based practices include counseling for behavioral management problems, attachment disorders, divorce, step-family adjustment issues, family violence, problems in school, attention deficit disorders, relationship conflicts between significant others, grief and loss issues, self-harm, eating disorders and oppositional defiance in children or adolescents.
Many aberrant behaviors are, frankly, due to substance abuse – a subject on which our therapists have in-depth training. Sometimes parent don’t discover their child is abusing drugs until something serious happens. The best defense is to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms.
• Bloodshot eyes
• Changes in appetite
• Sudden mood swings
• Secretive behaviors
• Poor performance at work/school
If you suspect your child might be abusing substances, contact us immediately. We can help.