Kathryn E. Moore, Ph.D., L.P.

Approach to Treatment

The initial step to providing psychological services is an assessment. I begin with a thorough interview with the parents/guardians and the child, together and separately, in order to obtain important background information, identify strengths as well as concerns, and understand how the child is functioning in various arenas, such as at home and school and with peers. At the end of the initial appointment, I provide a summary of my impressions and recommendations. My typical approach to therapy is to use cognitive-behavioral strategies to teach skills to youth and parents to modify thinking and behaviors in order to manage and reduce the concerning symptoms. Treatment is individualized and tailored to the needs of the presenting child or adolescent. Treatment may also involve requests to coordinate with other relevant professionals, such as a teacher or physician. Parents are often an integral part of treatment too; thus, guidance is provided to them as well to assist their child outside of the therapy appointment.