Our approach is cognitive-behavioral and has been supported by research. Read more about our treatment approach.
No, we do not prescribe medication at CYARD. However, we may refer families for consultation and/or coordinate care with a child psychiatrist or pediatrician when appropriate. Ultimately, decisions about medication are left to families.
The duration of treatment will depend on the nature and severity of the child's difficulties. We will continually monitor progress to help determine when treatment should be discontinued. Typically, benefits are seen within 12 to 16 weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Your child's therapist will monitor his/her progress toward meeting treatment goals on an ongoing basis. Additionally, we may repeat the assessment conducted prior to the start of treatment to gauge improvement. If your child does not experience a reduction in symptoms within 12 to 16 weeks, we will discuss options for modifying and/or augmenting treatment.
A thorough assessment of your child's difficulties will help us determine if CYARD is the right place for him/her. Many children and adolescents who receive services at CYARD experience multiple types of difficulties. Therapy will be tailored to your child's specific needs to help him/her get the most out of it. If we think that it would be helpful for your child to receive treatment for another condition prior to starting therapy at CYARD, we will let you know.
Yes. At CYARD, we collect data to inform ways to improve assessment and therapy for anxiety disorders in youth. Families who visit the clinic are provided with information about studies in progress so that they can decide whether or not to participate.
The clinicians at CYARD are enrolled in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at AU, and are supervised by a licensed psychologist with specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Clinicians meet regularly with their supervisor to discuss diagnostic impressions and session plans for each case.
Yes, our clinic hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fri. Appointment times depend on clinician availability.
We do not deal directly with third party payers but can provide documentation of the services received at our clinic for you to pursue reimbursement from your insurance company.
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We are glad that you want to learn about CYARD. If you were to come to CYARD, we would first spend some time getting to know you and your family. We would then ask questions to learn more about things that bother you or make you nervous. We understand that it can be hard for people to talk about things that make them worried or nervous, and that family members sometimes have different perspectives on what’s going on. We would listen closely to you and try to figure out together if the services we offer could be helpful. You are welcome to ask us questions at any time.
CYARD is not the type of clinic where kids get shots. When you first come to CYARD, we will spend some time getting to know you and your parents. We will then ask questions to learn more about things that bother you or make you nervous. We understand that it can be hard for kids to talk about things that make them worried or nervous, but we may be able to help if you tell us about your thoughts and feelings. If you have questions, you can ask at any time.