Outpatient Mental Health Services
Individual, Family, & Group Therapy
We provide mental/behavioral health services to children and adolescents, ages 3-19, experiencing a wide variety of symptoms and diagnoses including:
- Family conflict
- Adjustment difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
We deliver trauma-informed therapy to children and families impacted by trauma. Our goal is to improve a child or adolescent’s ability to cope with emotional and behavioral health challenges and decrease symptoms that interfere with their daily functioning. A key objective is to build positive relationships between children and their parents/caregivers to reduce stress and to improve overall mental health and well-being.
Every child is different, and the specific nature of the therapy and its frequency will be determined based on the needs of the child and their family. Typical length of treatment is 9-12 months. Children normally attend 45-minute, weekly therapy sessions.
After an initial assessment of your child, our clinical team will recommend which type of therapy they believe would be most helpful. We offer many types of therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, and expressive therapies (art and music therapy).
Individual Therapy provides children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with behavioral or emotional challenges an opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe and caring environment.
Family Therapy focuses on helping a family unit function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education.
Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which there are multiple participants led by one or more therapists. It uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to improve social skills, peer relationships, problem solving, and team building skills.
Types of evidence-based therapies include:
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) helps children and adolescents to process traumatic experiences and memories in a calm and relaxing setting while reducing trauma-related symptoms. TF-CBT teaches specific skills to effectively manage difficult emotions and reduce problematic behaviors resulting from traumatic events.
MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) is an evidence-based treatment designed for children ages 6 – 15. MATCH is designed to treat four of the most common mental health concerns among children: anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, and behavior problems.
Case management services and referrals to other community resources are available, when needed.
All services available in English and Spanish.
Medicaid and several commercial insurances are accepted. Please call to verify insurance coverage.
- To make a referral, you can call us at (203) 772-1270.
Project CATCH (Collaboration, Advocacy, and Treatment for Children) supports families recovering from the trauma of sexual abuse and domestic violence, bullying, sex trafficking, teen dating violence, and community violence. Families affected by these types of violence may experience emotional and behavioral problems and stress. Project CATCH provides the following services to the individual(s) affected by trauma as well as family members:
- Clinical services
- Case management
- Coordinated, comprehensive evaluations
- Parent/caregiver education and empowerment
- Linkage to treatment and other social services
- Referrals for emergency food and housing
- Information and referrals regarding transportation needs
- Coordination and communication among service providers
- Victim Compensation Program
- Support during investigations and legal proceedings
Referrals and Intakes
Referrals for Project CATCH clinical services are scheduled by calling Open Access at (203) 772-1270
There is no cost to receive services from this program. Funding for Project CATCH is provided by a federally-funded state grant through VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) and the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch of Victim Services.
Psychiatry services include psychiatric evaluation and medication management. The specific nature of treatment and its frequency will be determined based on the needs of the child and their family. Where appropriate, referrals are made for additional services, e.g., care coordination.
Your child’s clinician will schedule a session with you if he/she believes medication could be helpful. With your consent, your child would then be evaluated by our team of dedicated doctors and advanced practice psychiatric nurses to determine if medication is warranted, and with your consent, prescribed.
Services are accessible for children and adolescents engaged in treatment in Clifford Beers programs. Psychiatric services include:
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Medication management
- Accessible for children and adult clients open in another CB program
- Accessible for children and adults for psychiatry-only services on a case-by-case basis