Our psychologists believe in the use of treatment strategies that have been proven to be successful, or “empirically supported”. Ongoing review of the latest research, involvement in professional organizations, and attendance/presentations at state and national conferences maintains the psychologists knowledge about the best practices in the field of pediatric and child clinical psychology. In addition, some members of Linden BP staff have specialty training in hypnotherapy and biofeedback.
Linden BP psychologists practice largely from a “cognitive-behavioral” orientation. This means that there is an emphasis on understanding the role of how one’s thinking and behavior impact emotions, and modifying thought patterns and behavior to enhance emotional functioning. This is consistent with research which recommends the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in children and adults.
Pediatric Treatment Approach:
Treatment varies in frequency and duration depending on the concerns leading to treatment. At the first appointment, your/your child’s psychologist will make preliminary treatment recommendations based on initial impressions. A plan of care will be decided together with you.
The psychologists at Linden BP work to enhance functioning without the use of medications. However, with certain diagnoses (i.e., ADHD, OCD, Major Depression), the use of psychotropic medication is recommended in combination with therapy. It is this combination that allows for the maximum benefits of treatment and overall well-being. In cases when this is appropriate, the treating psychologist will discuss the value of pharmacological intervention and provide assistance with a referral to your primary care physician or a psychiatrist within the community. With your consent, the psychologist will speak directly with the treating physician regarding nature of concerns and medication options, and remain active in collaborating with this provider throughout the treatment course.
Treatment strategies vary greatly, depending on your/your child’s specific concerns. Your treating psychologist will customize the treatment plan to best meet your/your child’s needs. Common components of treatment include building more effective coping skills, teaching of relaxation and visual imagery, increasing behavioral/emotion regulation strategies, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and parental guidance and support.
Linden BP Team Member: Victoria L. Norton, Psy.D.
Adult Treatment Approach:
We are glad to offer psychological services to adults seeking mental health treatment. Linden BP provides a compassionate, private environment where you can feel comfortable enough to engage in the challenging work of psychotherapy. We provide evidence-based interventions that help you create the change you seek.
Services that are offered include consultation, individual treatment, couples therapy, and group counseling.
Women’s Health is a specialty service within Adult Services. The Linden BP team recognizes the unique challenges women face throughout the process of becoming pregnant, during pregnancy, giving birth and adjusting to the changes that take place for the family. Growing a family often does not go as planned with difficulties, losses, worries, and unplanned medical interventions that can create additional stress for women. The providers at Linden BP are passionate and skilled at caring for women facing these challenges.
Our psychologist is highly-experienced and comfortable treating adults with a wide range of personal and relationship concerns. Treatment is tailored to each individual in order to match your style and build on your strengths. The goal is to create a therapeutic relationship in which you can learn useful skills that allow you to be your best outside the therapy hour and in the years ahead.
Linden BP Team Member: Suzanne Jean Smith, Ph.D.