Specialties

Specialties - Parenting CounselingPro-Active Parenting/Parenting Issues

  • For Whom? Parents who need help with acting out behaviors, sibling conflict, developmental changes, discipline, behavioral assessment, developing structure/routine, and special needs.
  • What is Pro-Active Parenting? It is a parenting technique that helps parents to establish a way of responding and anticipating to children’s needs. Pro-Active parenting provides clarity about the parent and children’s roles, responsibilities, expectations, consequences, and necessary communication.

Divorce/Family Conflict, Co-Parenting

  • For whom? Parents and children (ages 3-19) who have/are experiencing parental divorce/separation. Children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties as a result of family separation and/or other family trauma.
  • Co-Parenting? Separated or divorced parents learn how to focus on the needs of the child. Developing strategies, decision-making tools, and routines to help parents effectively cope with emotional issues of separation and emphasize the best interest of the children.

Socialization Issues for Children and Adolescents

  • For whom? Children having trouble with communication skills, low self-esteem, peer relations, parent-child and/or sibling relations, school behavior, issues with respect and/or responsibility, attentiveness, bullying.
  • Ages? 3-19 years old

In-Home Family Therapy

  • Why In-Home Family Therapy? The home is the natural context where the family establishes the fundamental relationships that reverberate into the community (i.e. school, work, peer relations).
  • How does it work? In-home family therapy explores the family structure, rules, rewards, style of communication, time management, and behavioral/disciplinary issues to strengthen the family bond.

Behavioral Assessment

  • Why? This service is for parents who have already attempted therapy, or other means, to improve their child’s behavior, and have received little or no results. The focus of a behavioral assessment is an extensive investigation to clearly identifying the issues and appropriate method(s) of treatment.
  • What is it? A behavioral assessment analyzes the context of the child’s behavioral issues to identify the triggers and focus of treatment. It is a process that includes observation in school, at home, and in the community (i.e. extra-curricular activities). Dr. Stein will interview counselors, teachers, parents, coaches, caregivers, and other people who have a keen awareness to the child’s behavior. This includes consultations with doctors, neurologists, principals, and other professionals. Lastly, there is a review of schoolwork, testing, artwork, medical records, and any other relevant material.
  • What to expect? Identify factors that are impacting the behavior, underlying symptomology, diagnostic picture, and clear treatment plan. This would include appropriate referrals, testing, medical considerations, academic considerations, and extra-curricular activities.

Pro-Active Parenting (P.L.A.N. – Pro-active, Limits, Attitude, and Needs)

Dr. Stein created this unique model for parents to clarify their values and expectations for their children before there is confusion or conflict. It provides a structure to dialogue about the meaning of conscious, thoughtful, developmentally-appropriate, and moral parenting. The acronym P.L.A.N. breaks down how parents can take initiative in building their family’s path to success.

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