What is Clinical Psychology & Pediatric Counseling?
Clinical pediatric psychology is a specialty that provides continuing, comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families; including consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and research-based practice. The term “Clinical Psychology” is typically reserved for doctoral-level providers that are licensed clinical psychologists.
Child counselors, however, are mental health providers (licensed counselors, clinical psychologists, and school psychologists) that offer therapeutic support to children and adolescents who are struggling to cope with social, emotional, learning, and/or behavioral challenges.
Our Psychologists & Counselors
Clinical pediatric psychologists have doctoral training and are licensed by the state board of psychology. They have expertise in behavior, development, and contextual factors that impact a child’s outcome and are highly trained in both assessment and evidence based treatment with specific expertise in developmental disorders.
Our counselors hold one or more of the following qualifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified School Psychologist, Licensed Independent Social Worker.
What are the Benefits of Pediatric Counseling?
TES’s qualified psychologists and counselors can evaluate and diagnose developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder, and specific learning disabilities in reading, writing or math such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. We also offer navigation services that help families process emotions related to new diagnoses, obtain educational support for their child’s diagnosis, receive individualized support around coping skills, and become connected to related services.
The benefits of receiving one or more of these psychological services include…
- Diagnostic clarity to ensure that individualized needs are being met
- Insight into why your child is struggling academically, emotionally, or behaviorally
- Clear evidence based recommendations improve to his/her functioning at school and home
- Evidence based treatments to address behavioral, developmental, and emotional challenges
- Parent training to strengthen parent/child relationships
Our Experts are Qualified in
TES’ approach to Clinical Psychology
How do we make therapy fun?
We used evidenced-based and child-interest driven resources and strategies. We individualize our practices to engage and motivate children.
How do we work as a team?
We engage in ongoing collaboration, sharing of interventions and goals and take a global perspective to treatment care in order to ensure a comprehensive approach.
How do we include the family?
The team always includes the family in communication, input for goals and participation for interventions and treatment. We consider not only what is most beneficial, but also what is viable and manageable for the family.
Pediatric Counseling FAQs
How do you explain Clinical Psychology and Counseling to a child?
Children understand that they may have struggles or worries, and that all kids do. We explain that adults are here to help make those worries and struggles easier and that we can help teach them skills for the future.
How do I know if my child needs Clinical Psychology or Counseling?
If a parent feels like a behavior has persisted, changed or is more intense than the adult thinks is typical, consulting with a professional is recommended. Talking to a pediatrician and educator who knows your child can help. While there continues to be a stigma around mental health treatment, it is important to normalize the fact that most children and families may benefit from psychological support at some point in their lives.
What conditions do your providers treat?
- Academic Readiness
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Disruptive Behavior Disorders
- Emotional Disturbances
- Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Learning/Processing Problems
- Parent-Child Relational Problems
- Psychological Factors Associated with Medical Conditions
- Social Problems
How many times a week do kids need sessions?
The length and frequency of sessions is determined by each individual’s needs and takes into account what is feasible for families and can vary between weekly or monthly.
What are the signs of anxiety in a child?
Children with anxiety may avoid certain situations, express worries or fears, complain of physical symptoms that are not associated with an illness (i.e. frequent headaches, stomachaches), or become upset or angry easily. Symptoms vary based on age and each child’s circumstances. If you’re concerned about your child’s stress or anxiety level, it’s recommended you reach out to a helping professional.
Our Therapists' Credentials
Keilah Shumaker, Ed.S., NCSP: Board Certified School Psychologist
Jessica Emick, Ph.D.: Clinical Pediatric Psychologist
Lauren Arbolino, Ed.D.: Board Certified School Psychologist
Danielle Fascione, LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist
Kerry Cantonese: Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow and Licensed School Psychologist
Hal Wildman, Ph.D.: Clinical Pediatric Psychologist