What can I expect during therapy?


  • Concerned about your child’s behavior but unsure of what to do next? Dr. Paul Frick, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans, brings to light many of the common worries parents have as they consider the mental health of their child. Topics include whom to seek advice from, how to prepare your child, as well as what to expect during the evaluation process. Please click here to watch the video.
  • When is it appropriate to seek professional help for your child’s problems? Dr. Gabrielle Carlson, Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stony Brook University, gives her insight into how to recognize depression in children, when parents should seek help, what type of professionals they can talk to, as well as different treatment options for ADHD, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Please click here to watch the video.
  • Do you have questions about how to find the right mental health treatment for your child? Dr. WIlliam Pelham, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University and Director of the Center for Children and Families, gives parents guidance on where they shoud look for a therapist, the qualifications they should hold, and some types of therapies parents should avoid. He also describes common features of Evidece Based Treatments and how parents can tell if those treatments are working for their child. Please click here to watch the video.
  • Youth perspectives about therapy. Having a youth’s perspective on their own mental health treatment can be important for increasing awareness of psychosocial interventions and to reduce stigma around seeking help. Read through what the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services’ Youth Advisory Board created as a helpful guide for therapists and caregivers to remember when addressing their mental health. Please click here to access the guide.


Items with a *** after them are resources that are specific to families here in Hawaii