Services for Children and Adolescents
The initial meeting for an evaluation is 75 minutes long. The purpose of the evaluation is to gather information about the current symptoms, past psychiatric history, past and current stressors and other factors that might contribute to the symptoms. The evaluation is conducted in two parts: the first part is with the parents, and the second part is with the child. At the end of the first evaluation, Dr. Haddad meets with all family members to discuss the next steps. Due to complexities of symptoms, a second meeting for evaluation might be needed to determine the treatment options.
If medications are prescribed after the initial evaluation, follow-up meetings are required to monitor progress. The frequency and the length of the meetings are determined based on the patients’ needs, the response to medication and any side effects that occur.
Individual psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy
Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long and scheduled weekly. Dr. Haddad’s experience with multiple types of therapy allows him to tailor the approach to the specific needs of each person. The sessions are conducted in a relaxed environment that allows honest communication and the most direct resolution of problems that can be achieved. The goals and objectives s for each patient are discussed and determined with the patient.
Parents struggle at times in deciding the right approach to address their children’s issues, such as academic and social problems. Discussing a diagnosis and treatment options can provide parents with tools. Consultations can also provide parents important techniques for addressing the needs of their children. The consultation can be a one time meeting or a series of meetings.
Play Therapy sessions are 45 minutes weekly. Through play therapy children can express their fears and difficulties. Using play therapy for treatment allows children to explore issues and provides them with guidance on the path of healing through learning, and new experiences.
Family therapy sessions are weekly 45 minute sessions. A child going through emotional problems affects the entire family, and the family’s struggle can create pathological dynamics. Breaking counter-productive cycles of interactions among family members is crucially important to help all family members.
Coordination of services
Dr. Haddad works closely with the school and all service providers involved in the treatment of his patients.