At NESCA, we provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and young adults who experience emotional and attentional regulation challenges, including anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as learning disabilities. Our highly-individualized interventions encourage quick acquisition of skills through personalized treatment plans, as well as opportunities for generalization to outside environments. Individual outcomes are monitored closely and continually throughout enrollment.
NESCA is passionate about helping you find the services that will best serve you and your family. Please explore our offerings and contact us at any time by filling out our intake form.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
NESCA provides one-on-one cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) services. This evidence-based approach is highly structured, goal-focused, skill-based and individualized depending on each client’s needs. Therapeutic methodology may include exposure with response prevention (ERP), as well as acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches, among others. In order for children to make effective therapeutic progress and generalize skills into the home setting, it is important for their parents to be well-versed in the skills taught and involved in treatment when it is developmentally and therapeutically appropriate. Caregiver involvement may include sessions with their child or separate parent guidance sessions in order to further discuss parenting tools. NESCA offers weekly CBT as well as intensive CBT, for individuals who might benefit from a more accelerated program. Read more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention and NESCA’s intensive CBT program.
Counseling provides children, adolescents, and young adults the opportunity to learn coping strategies, manage life’s changes, and increase self-reflection through a supportive therapeutic relationship. Various therapeutic modalities are utilized, such as cognitive behavior techniques, arts therapy, and family systems work. While some goals may be achieved in a time-limited fashion, counseling can also be long-term, supporting your child through their school and college years if needed. This approach to treatment includes parent- and school-based work when appropriate.
Psychoeducational Individual Counseling
At NESCA we provide one-on-one dynamic holistic psychoeducational counseling for children, teens and young adults who experience emotional, attentional, challenges, anxiety and ASD and other challenges. There are many options of counseling available to individuals and individuals choosing psychoeducational counseling have some level of self-awareness and are seeking help for a particular situation or problem. Psychoeducational counseling provides psychotherapy with education. Psychoeducational counseling enhances outcomes by increasing knowledge and improving skills. Sessions may include discussion, reading of articles, completion of checklists, use of biofeedback tools, watching of videos, and by assigning tasks outside of the session and tracking tool/skill usage.
Psychoeducational counseling helps clients better understand themselves, improve social competence, manage stress, and many more areas. NESCA’s psychoeducational counseling is a holistic socio-ecological approach that assesses a client in relationship to other systems (i.e. family, school etc.) and uses that information to inform treatment and decision making. Psychoeducational counseling uses a variety of theoretical models (i.e. CBT, mindfulness, narrative, client-centered) to improve knowledge and skills. Many clients request psychoeducational counseling because they have a specific area or problem they want to address. For instance, clients learn that they may have cognitive distortions that are interfering with their perception of events or situations. Parent/caregiver involvement where appropriate may include separate guidance sessions or joining sessions with their son/daughter.
Counselors at NESCA provide short-term or long term psycho educational counseling to enhance individual outcomes and improve self-awareness, social-emotional functioning and stress management of select individuals, as identified through the intake process.
In addition to being offered as an adjunct to a child’s individual therapy, parent guidance is also offered as a standalone service, either in an individual or group format.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children (ages 2-7) with emotional and behavioral problems, along with their parents. It is designed to promote warmth in the parent-child relationship while also teaching parents how to set limits and manage challenging behaviors both at home and publicly. In PCIT, caregivers are coached by a therapist to help them enhance existing parenting techniques and learn new, specialized skills in two phases – 1) relationship enhancement and 2) discipline and compliance. With consistent attendance and homework completion, PCIT can be completed within 12-20 sessions. Read more about PCIT.
Individual Parent Guidance & Coaching
NESCA clinicians often work with parents whose children are not receiving individual therapy within our center, but who require support in managing their children’s difficulties within the home or at school. Clinicians meet with parents seeking guidance about a range of topics, including but not limited to ADHD, oppositional behaviors, anxiety, and parent-school collaboration. These sessions combine a psychoeducational approach (i.e., improving parent understanding of the child), as well as behavioral and emotion skills training in order to help parents feel more equipped to help their child.
Parent Guidance Groups
NESCA offers a parent guidance group for parents of children with attentional, behavioral and emotional dysregulation. This structured treatment is an interactive child and parent group designed to help parents learn in-the-moment behavioral strategies, including giving effective commands and establishing structure within the home environment, as well as increasing positivity within the parent-child relationship.