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 use a sliding scale, which means that fees for assessment and therapy are based on household income and number of dependents. We will quote a fee when you call CYARD. Families generally find our services to be affordable.

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.