We incorporate the latest research about effective treatments for mood disorders and apply it with sensitivity to the experiences and needs of each patient. We use evidence-based treatments to effectively resolve symptoms and teach children, adolescents and parents skills to maintain success in the long term. Treatment may be provided individually or may also involve parents and other family members.
Psychotherapy treatments may include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most widely researched form of therapy for mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. With CBT, children, adolescents and young adults learn about the connections among their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Once these connections are made, patients and therapists actively collaborate to meet specific goals, such as helping patients notice and change their unhelpful thoughts, improving their problem-solving abilities and increasing their involvement in positive activities that promote healthy choices. Treatment may also include planned activities aimed at promoting increased mood and energy level, also known as behavioral activation.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is recommended for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty regulating their emotions. DBT involves learning skills to tolerate distress, manage strong and upsetting emotions, decrease impulsive behaviors, including self-harm, and improve relationships with friends and family. Learn more about dialectical behavior therapy.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) is a time-limited treatment (12-16 sessions) originally developed to treat adult depression that has been adapted for adolescents. IPT-A addresses common issues involving romantic relationships, communicating with parents and effectively interacting with peers. The treatment primarily includes individual therapy sessions, and may also include some sessions with parents to learn about depression, address parent-child relationship difficulties and help support their child’s treatment.
Additional components of treatment include parent management skills training and support, psychoeducation and collaboration with your child’s school. We take a personalized approach to each patient and family, understanding that every individual is different and treatment should be sensitively designed for each person.
To make an appointment, please call us at 212.308.3118 or request an appointment online.