CAAT provides comprehensive, individualized treatment for a wide range of social, behavioral, and emotional challenges, and difficulties in day-to-day function. We are highly experienced in treating individuals of all ages who struggle with:
- Low Self-esteem and Depression
- Behavioral Challenges, Impulsivity and Self-Regulation
- Failure-to-Launch and Lack of Motivation
- Social Challenges/Disorders including autism spectrum disorder
- Executive Functioning Difficulties
The team of therapists at CAAT is composed of experienced and credentialed providers including licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counsellors and neuropsychologists. We work one-on-one with clients to deliver treatment that is developmentally appropriate and focused on accessible goals. Our strengths-based approach helps clients leverage their unique abilities to identify, understand and address problem areas. Below is an overview of our therapeutic approach to treating different age groups.
When working with children, our clinicians believe in partnering with parents to create individualized treatment tailored to the nature of the problem, the child’s age, and the child’s developmental level. Especially for young children, parents play a critical role in the therapeutic process, and our therapists provide parents insight and education to help them optimally support their child’s development. For younger children, therapy often focuses on behavior change, helping children develop new and appropriate ways of coping. Our goal is to introduce and practice new, socially constructive ways for children to express their needs, communicate effectively, and learn social skills and adaptive behaviors to manage stress, anxiety and frustration.
Therapy for young children is often done in the context of play – a form of communication for children that enables them to communicate about their world and express the difficulties they may be experiencing. Through play therapy, we provide a forum for children to work out problems and build skills like self-regulation, impulse control, social intelligence and judgment. Play therapy also provides a form of healing, allowing children to feel understood and gain coping skills to move forward.
Adolescents & Young Adults
Our clinicians take a strengths-based approach and provide teens and young adults a safe, non-judgmental, warm and structured environment where they can focus on themselves, their problems with peers and family, their fears, hopes and dreams. Therapy offers a place for them to explore their feelings, feel heard and understood, and gain self-knowledge, self-awareness, and acceptance.
Together, we examine feelings, emotional resources, strengths and limitations, and communication and behavior patterns. Through counseling, we help individuals develop positive and adaptive coping skills to combat depression and anxiety, navigate social situations, handle homework and academic problems and pressures, and work toward independence. We teach skills that can improve communication and relationships with peers and family. Treatment is tailored to adolescents and young adults with a goal to decrease distress and build resilience that can improve functioning in all facets of life.
The clinicians at CAAT approach therapy from an extensive knowledge and use of evidence-based techniques and current research, combined with dynamic treatment options vetted over years of experience working with diverse populations. We engage with clients in active, solution-focused counseling, and work with them to establish individualized treatment goals that strengthen self-awareness and explore patterns in current behavior and relationships.
Our therapists help clients problem-solve and cultivate skills to improve communication, decrease stress, create healthy and fulfilling relationships, and enhance their connection to self and overall sense of well-being. We recognize that a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation for successful therapy; our goal is to provide clients a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental space to explore their feelings and problems so we can offer competent and collaborative treatment. We believe progress is made when one feels understood, supported, capable, and empowered.
Transitions X Program
The transition from dependence to adulthood can be fraught under even the best circumstances. The expert clinicians at CAAT are pioneering a program to support adolescents and young adults who are struggling with the transition to independence and adult life. Our program’s goal is to help participants of all ability levels define and meet their own goals – whether it be college, vocational training, or employment.
The Transitions X Program seeks to teach and strengthen the core social and life skills needed to succeed in independent living settings. These skills include self-understanding, self-regulation, social competence, academic readiness, executive functioning, navigation of daily life, and self-advocacy. For information about our Transitions X program, please call the office.