Ann Arbor Services
Our Ann Arbor locations are pleased to be able to offer a variety of services. Please see below for a detailed description of our services:
- Individual therapy, focusing on
- Adjustment to parenthood
- Perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders/postpartum rage
- Perinatal loss (miscarriage/stillbirth)
- Birth trauma
- Issues related to one’s own experience of being parented
- Family therapy, focusing on:
- Relationship discord as your family dynamic changes
- Changes in role/identity
- Parenting concerns
- Group therapy and support groups
- How can I most effectively parent my child given his/her temperament?
- Is my child’s behavior developmentally normal?
- Would psychological assessment or treatment be helpful?
Clients can expect their consultation to include a therapist listening attentively, clarifying questions/concerns, and recommending specific, next steps that can be taken to help them move towards their goals.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
- Difficulty following directions
- Talking back to parents/teachers
- Aggression toward parents, siblings and/or other children
- Rude, sassy, oppositional/defiant behavior
- Attachment/relationship difficulties between parent and child
PCIT is effective because of its unique approach. The therapist coaches parents how to respond to their child in the moment. In PCIT, parents learn how to motivate children to want to listen, how to give effective directions and how to follow through with appropriate consequences. During the course of treatment, the child’s behaviors should improve and the parent-child relationship will become more positive and rewarding.
Child Parent Psychotherapy
- Children who are experiencing post-traumatic symptoms following trauma, abuse or neglect
- Strained parent-child relationships
- Attachment difficulties in adoptive families
In CPP, the parent and child are brought together in activities that foster mutual pleasure and increase the child’s sense of security, safety and trust in the parent. During play-based activities, the therapist translates the meaning of the child’s behaviors for the parent. During the course of treatment, the child’s symptoms should improve and his/her developmental trajectory should return to its natural course. The parent will have an improved understanding of their child’s cognitive, physical and social/emotional development.
Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy
- Selective mutism
- Difficulties with adjustment due to divorce
- Adjustment to school
- Anxiety (including social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Anger management/aggression
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Depression/mood disorders
- Sleep disturbances
In CBT, clients actively participate in treatment in and out of session. Homework assignments are often assigned between sessions since the skills that are taught require practice. By the end of treatment, a client should be feeling good and functioning well. Additionally, he/she will have the skills to manage future difficulties and to prevent relapses.
Support for/assistance with…
- babies who are slow to gain weight
- latching issues
- milk supply and transfer
- pre- and post- tongue/lip/cheek tie procedures
- transitioning back to work
- all aspects of breastfeeding
- transitioning babies to a bottle
- transitioning babies to solids
Offering professional and personal experience, reassurance, and compassion.
Infant Mental Health
Supporting the wellbeing of infants and young children (ages 0-3) within the context of a healthy attachment relationship is key to building a foundation for healthy social, emotional, and cognitive growth. Infant Mental Health (IMH) aims to promote the development of secure relationships between infants/young children and their parents and caregivers; support the healthy physical, emotional, and cognitive development of babies; and, strengthen the capacity for each partner in the parent-infant relationship to learn and grow together.
Therapists provide relationship-focused therapy, including: Relationship-focused parent child therapy, including Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP), emotional support, developmental guidance, play therapy, and advocacy/referrals to outside supports.
IMH can support parents/guardians who:
- Feel stressed by the demands of early parenthood
- Are experiencing mental health concerns impacting parenting, including Postpartum depression and Postpartum Anxiety
- Have experienced trauma that makes parenting difficult
- Want support to address concerns about their child, including concerns that their child:
- Is fussy or difficult to soothe
- Appears unusually quiet or uninterested in the world around them, including the parent
- Has difficulties eating or sleeping
- Exhibits hyperactivity, aggression, or frequent temper tantrums
- Experiences separation anxiety
- Has a history of childhood trauma
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety
- Specific phobias
In Exposure Therapy, clients (children or adults) learn to face their fears. With the help of a caring therapist, the client confronts the thoughts, images or objects that makes him/her anxious in a gradual, step-by-step manner. By the end of therapy, the client should be able to function well, without avoiding what they previously feared.
In insight-oriented therapy, clients focus on understanding and expressing their feelings and exploring relationship issues- both past and present.
For parents and caregivers, these presentations mobilize the family environment to support better functioning, thereby relieving pressures on the child and the family. These presentations offer information about growth and development, as well as provide practical help with management.
Examples of clinical topics we have made presentations on include:
- Navigating Adolescence
- ADHD/executive function challenges
- Working memory
- Learning disabilities
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Anxiety management
- Differential diagnosis
If you are interested in having a clinical staff member from Arbor Psychology Group make a presentation at your school, organization or place of work, please contact us.
We are often asked what advocacy entails. The answer varies depending on the individual needs of the child, though there are several common components, including:
- Educating parents to understand what the legal rights and options for the child are
- Interpreting the student’s learning profile, including information from the school or private assessments
- Empowering parents to advocate for their child
- Observing the child in the classroom
- Discussing alternative school placements
- Attending school meetings
- Preparing parents for school meetings
- Developing intervention plans
- Assisting with IEP/504 plan development
- Understanding the instructional needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students
Our Educational Advocacy Services are based on the following core principles:
- Every child has strengths and an intrinsic desire to succeed. Many children who struggle in school no longer have an identity as a learner and, as a result, fail to put forth sustained effort because they do not expect to succeed. Our strength-based advocacy services aim to build on your child’s assets and re-establish their underlying desire to succeed.
- Collaboration and mutual understanding with schools is critical. Advocacy does not need to be an adversarial process! At its best, it is a creative and individualized process that brings the family and school together to help the student be successful in school and in life.
- Children do best with a unified team behind them. In other words, don’t go it alone. Take advantage of those in the community who are able to help. Our staff believe in the importance of supporting the family during an advocacy process and are available to meet with you and/or the school to make sure your student is receiving the best educational support. We also have an extensive referral network of professionals who can assist with the care of your child.
If this seems overwhelming or daunting to do by yourself, know that you don’t have to go through the process alone. Our staff has dozens of years of experience and training, a detailed understanding of special education law and policies, and the willingness to help you navigate this territory from a point of strength and knowledge.
Arbor Psychology Group therapists respect and support healthy relationship development for people of all sexual orientations. We are allies who provide culturally affirming care for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and those exploring their sexuality or gender identification.
Effective therapy will likely address many aspects of the relationship, although communication patterns tend to be the primary focus of marital or couples therapy. In most cases, neither partner is considered the “the problem” rather the relationship is viewed as cycle in which each party contributes positively and negatively to patterns that have developed over time. Evidence-based techniques are used to help both partners better regulate their emotions, develop greater awareness of relationship triggers, and experience a shared sense of emotional safety and connection. Each therapist will work with a couple to collaboratively establish treatment goals. With commitment to the process, couples can expect to become better listeners and communicators and experience a substantively improved sense of intimacy through using relationship skills that offer lasting success.
Frequency and Duration
Marital or couples therapy is often held once per week, but this may vary depending on your therapy goals and whether you are also attending individual sessions. Counseling is often short-term, though healing takes time and, ultimately, the therapy will proceed for as long as the couple is committed to seeing it through or until resolution is reached.
Types of Marital/Couples Therapy
There are a multitude of different approaches to relationship counseling. For example, Imago Therapy explores how we unconsciously choose partners who reflect the very things that we must work on ourselves. Emotionally-Focused Therapy encourages partners to examine how communication styles or attachment experiences present themselves in interactions. This allows partners to better understand the patterns that play out in their relationship and to better understand one another. The Gottman Method focuses on removing barriers to connection and heightening a sense of empathy and connection. Arbor Psychology Group’s couples therapists blend these different therapeutic approaches to best suit each unique couple.
Michaela Adams, MA, CCC-SLP is Arbor Psychology Group’s speech-language therapist. With all clients, Michaela utilizes a strengths-based approach while establishing a meaningful rapport and engaging the client’s interests. Michaela has spent the majority of her career working within the schools, so she is very familiar with how to support current IEP goals & objectives. Speech-language therapy also includes communication outside of the school setting. It can be conducted in individual sessions or in a group therapy format- to focus on social skills and social pragmatics.
When working on language, Michaela focuses on functional communication, core vocabulary, and teaching effective strategies to improve interpretation and expression across the reading, writing and verbal modalities. When working on articulation/speech, Michaela focuses on core vocabulary that is meaningful to that individual client and uses a scaffolded prompting hierarchy to improve speech production. Michaela utilizes strategies from the Social Thinking Curriculum, Floor Time and More Than Words – Hanen Program. Michaela’s overall objective in speech-language therapy is to empower her clients to effectively communicate and elicit carryover into their everyday life.